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The BAR Companion: February 3, 2010
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What’s Up with the Gospel of Thomas?

Old academic models die hard, and this is precisely the obstacle that has hindered understanding of the enigmatic Gospel of Thomas. An ancient manuscript was discovered in 1945 in the Egyptian desert as part of the text collection that came to be known as the Nag Hammadi Library. Biblical scholar April DeConick takes a closer look at the text and examines how resistance to changing previous understandings of the Bible has led to the Gospel of Thomas’s misclassification as a "Gnostic" text. But if it’s not a Gnostic text, then what exactly is it? Read more.

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SOCIETY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE 2009 CONFERENCE
Dr. Robin Gallaher Branch reports on the latest in the world of Biblical scholarship from New Orleans


Professor of Biblical Studies and BAS blogger Robin Gallaher Branch of Crichton College reports on the most recent Society of Biblical Literature conference, held this past November in New Orleans. Branch gives us an insider’s view at some of the latest research being conducted in Biblical scholarship as well as some of the latest book publications. She also offers charming reflections of the conference’s host city, New Orleans, and her impression of the progress made post-Katrina.
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DIG OF THE WEEK
Tel Dor: Ancient Port of Palestine


For more than four millennia, the natural harbor of Dor-a small but important bay nestled between the Carmel range and the Plain of Sharon-attracted sailors, merchants and generals from across the ancient world. For most of the past three decades, an international team of archaeologists has been piecing together the material remnants of Tel Dor’s long and continuous occupation. This season, excavation teams will be focusing on uncovering strata from the Iron Age through the Hellenistic period, and BAR readers have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project.

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BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated
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This week in the news, a blow to the illegal antiquities trade is dealt by Italian authorities while a lost Roman legal codex is discovered in London. In Syria, excavations in Aleppo shed more light on that city’s role in the history of the region, and an interest in an ancient fire ritual is renewed in Iran.
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INTERESTED IN THE BIBLE THEN AND NOW?
Learn from the world’s top Bible scholars


Do you wish you could have been at the 2009 Society of Biblical Literature conference (discussed in the article above) to find out the latest in Biblical scholarship from researchers at the forefront of their fields? You can! We offer you the rare opportunity to learn directly from these top-tier experts in the comfort of your own living room. In this two-DVD lecture set, scholars Amy-Jill Levine, John Huehnergard, Michael Coogan, Bart D. Ehrman, Marc Goodacre, Leonard Greenspoon and James Charlesworth (many of whom were featured presenters at the 2009 SBL conference) discuss how Biblical passages are applied–and often misapplied–to contemporary social debates and world events. They examine ancient Biblical words still found in the English language. They tackle problematic and contentious issues of Biblical authorship, and their revelations about how and when the Bible was written might startle you. Read more.

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FROM PETRA TO PALMYRA
Visiting Syria, Antioch and Jordan


Journey through thousands of years of history in lands settled since Neolithic times. Experience magnificent Biblical landscapes, souks with unmatched treasure troves, and the archaeological remains of some of antiquity’s greatest monuments. Explore the grand ruins of Palmyra, Syria’s "oasis city," and sites where Paul traveled in Antioch, Turkey. Travel from the vast splendor of Petra–the rock-cut Nabatean archaeological wonder–to Ebla and Ugarit, whose ancient archives revealed the world from which the Bible emerged. No other tour brings you to these sites:

  • Antioch in Turkey
  • Um Quis and Gadara in Jordan
  • The "lost cities" of Al Bara and Serjilla in Syria

Join us for a medley of past and present that seeks to experience the beauty and the history of these jewels of the Middle East.
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Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary
subscriptions.The deadline for captions is February 15, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS


The Gospel of Thomas
SBL Conference
Dig of the Week
Breaking News
Interested in the Bible?
From Petra to Palmyra
Cartoon Caption Contest

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