BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: February 10, 2010
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Funders, Politics and Bias

Recently in the pages of BAR, the question of whether archaeologists should accept funding from institutions that have a political agenda has been raised and debated by scholars on both sides of the debate. In the current issue, BAR editor Hershel Shanks weighs in on this controversial subject, pointing out that "all funders have agendas," and proposes that "the real question … is whether the funder tries to influence the archaeologist it is funding." But where does Mr. Shanks fall on this issue? Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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DIG OF THE WEEK
Abila of the Decapolis: City of an Ancient League

Located near the modern border between Jordan and Syria, the ancient city of Abila was once part of the Decapolis–a league of ten cities that formed a Hellenistic or Greco-Roman confederation located south of the Sea of Galilee in the Transjordan. Located on a strategic route from Nabataea to Damascus, the site has yielded beautiful mosaics as well as impressive architectural structures. Seven basilicas, three water tunnels and a plethora of other exciting finds demonstrate that the population at Abila during the Late Roman and Early Byzantine periods was quite considerable. Join Dig Director Dr. David Vila and his team for an exciting 2010 season that will continue to shed light on the history of this important ancient city. 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, a submerged archaeological site comes to light in the waters off the coast of Greece, while tensions mount as Iran cuts all ties with the British Museum. Meanwhile in Egypt, it is hoped that a restoration of the world’s oldest monastery will help to promote peace between the country’s various religions. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BACK TO MASADA
Free gift offer – ends midnight on Friday, February 12

For a limited time only, receive a FREE GIFT, The Battles of Armageddon, a one-hour DVD lecture by Eric Cline when you order Back to Masada, a hardcover book edited by Amnon Ben-Tor.

The Battles of Armageddon DVD is a $19.95 value, and it’s yours FREE with your purchase of Back to Masada until midnight, Friday, February 12.

Cheek-by-jowl to Herod the Great’s handsomely decorated palaces are the tattered remains of the Jewish defenders who, Josephus tells us, committed suicide rather than surrender to the Romans legions.

Did Masada excavator Yadin find the lots by which the Jewish rebels decided who would be the last to live? Or was Masada, as some have claimed, only a myth?

See how Professor Amnon Ben-Tor of The Hebrew University masterfully undermines the argument that Masada is only a myth in Back to Masada. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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LEGENDARY TURKEY
Following in the Footsteps of Paul

This beautiful and mythical land is essential in understanding the context of the New Testament, as approximately two-thirds of its books are written either to or from churches in Turkey. With Dr. Mark Wilson as your expert scholar-guide, follow in the footsteps of Paul as you explore the land that that has some of the most significant Biblical sites in the world:

  • The harbor that Paul and Barnabus departed from in Kaleiçi
  • Perga, the city that Paul visited during his first journey
  • The harbor of Andriake, where Paul changed ships on his way to Rome
  • Psidian Antioch, where it is believed Paul preached his first sermon of Acts and where there is an important church dedicated to him
  • Hierapolis, mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Colossians
  • The unexcavated site of Colossae, where it is quite possible (and generally held) that Paul wrote two letters—Colossians and Philemon
  • Miletus, where Paul delivered his speech to the Ephesian elders, near one of its four harbors
  • The incomparable site of Ephesus, home of the famous ancient library, where Paul spent nearly three years during his third journey

These are just highlights of this extensive 12-day tour taking place September 20 – October 2, 2010. 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.

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Funders, Politics and Bias
Dig of the Week
Breaking News
Free Gift Offer
Legendary Turkey
Cartoon Caption Contest
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