BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: January 13, 2010
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BAS DIG SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT REPORT
Excavation adventures at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Every year, BAS is proud to offer scholarships to volunteers who want to participate on an archaeological dig but would otherwise be unable to go. In celebration of our annual Dig issue, we’re featuring essays by some of those 2009 scholarship winners who have shared their adventures with us. This week, Caroline Tully reports on her experience excavating at Tell es-Safi/Gath under dig director Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University. Join Caroline on her archaeological adventure as she digs through the layers of time in the Philistine city that is believed to be the site of Biblical Gath. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, Canada refuses Jordan’s request to seize the Dead Sea Scrolls, while reports from Syria reveal some exciting–and extensive–archeological discoveries. Meanwhile in Israel, what is believed to be the oldest-known Hebrew inscription is finally deciphered. In Egypt, analysis of ancient Egyptian cosmetics suggests that there may have been benefits to poisonous lead in eye makeup, and new research suggests that slaves may have not built the Giza pyramids after all. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
EVENT WATCH
To Live Forever: Art and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

The Brooklyn Museum announces its latest upcoming exhibit, To Live Forever: Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, to open on February 12 and expected to run through May 2. The exhibit, which will encompass over a hundred pieces from the museum’s collection, will explore the Egyptians’ beliefs about life, death and the afterlife; the process of mummification; the conduct of a funeral; and the different types of tombs-answering questions at the core of the public’s fascination with ancient Egypt. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS IN THE HOLY LAND, VOL. 5
An essential reference tool for archaeologists, historians, Bible scholars and students

The most comprehensive description ever published of archaeological finds in the Holy Land in recent years, this new volume updates the 4-volume set of the encyclopedia, published in 1993. Contributors read like a Who’s Who of Biblical Archaeology–Amnon Ben-Tor on Hazor; Lawrence Stager on Ashkelon; Avraham Biran on Dan; Ephraim Stern on Dor; Ronny Reich, Eilat Mazar and others on Jerusalem; Ehud Netzer on Herodium and Masada; David Ussishkin and Israel Finkelstein on Megiddo; Trude Dothan and Seymour Gitin on Tel Miqne/Ekron. There are more than 160 archaeologist/authors in all. 600 pages. Over 1,000 b/w images. 32 color plates. Numerous maps. Hardcover. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
DIG OF THE WEEK
Tell es-Safi Gath: Gath of the Philistine Pentapolis

Perhaps no other Philistine city can be as closely associated with the earliest lore of the Israelite tribes as Tell es-Safi, believed to be Biblical Gath. The Bible describes Gath as one of the five cities of the Philistines and the home of the giant Goliath. Dig Director Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University is leading volunteers this coming summer to uncover more of the ancient city’s secrets, and invites BAR readers to be a part of the discovery! Read more.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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Write a caption for this cartoon! The author of the best caption will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scroll mug and three complimentary subscriptions to give BAR to friends. Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary subscriptions.The deadline for captions is February 15, 2010. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
INCOMPARABLE ISRAEL
Experience Israel in a way that transcends the usual tour

Visit one of the world’s most sacred and history-drenched lands on an adventure that only we can provide. Take an extraordinary journey through the Holy Land where three of the world’s largest religions converge in history. Experience the ancient world firsthand as you participate in an archaeological dig and see the sites and museums guided by top scholars and researchers. Your expert scholar-guide Amnon Wallenstein will bring ancient Israel to life before your eyes with his dynamic narrative and fantastic breadth of knowledge. Read more.

CONTENTS
Dig Scholarship Report
Breaking News
Event Watch
Archaeology Encyclopedia
Dig of the Week
Cartoon Caption Contest
Incomparable Israel
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