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The BAR Companion: March 17, 2010
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WAS JESUS’ LAST SUPPER A SEDER?
Exploring the links between the Last Supper tradition and the Passover Seder.

Many people assume that Jesus’ Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover. And indeed, according to the Gospel of Mark 14:12, Jesus prepared for the Last Supper on the "first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb." If Jesus and his disciples gathered together to eat soon after the Passover lamb was sacrificed, what else could they possibly have eaten if not the Passover meal? Boston University professor Jonathan Klawans explores the connections between the Last Supper tradition and the Passover Seder. Read more.

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EVENT WATCH
The Shroud of Turin makes its first appearance in a decade while ancient Biblical instruments come to Kansas

For the first time in ten years, the Shroud of Turin, which many believe to the burial shroud of Jesus, will be on display at St. John the Baptist Cathedral this spring in Turin, Italy. Accompanying the exhibition will be ecclesiastical and cultural events such as liturgical services, films and concerts. Music will also be coming to Kansas with the exhibit Moshe Frumin–Ancient Instruments, which will feature carefully crafted replicas of ancient Biblical-era musical instruments. Read more.

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DIG OF THE WEEK
Khirbet el-Maqatir: the mystery of Joshua’s Ai solved?

The location of the city of Ai mentioned in Joshua 7-8 has long been a matter of mystery and controversy. Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir have uncovered topography, fortifications and pottery that strongly suggest this site as a candidate for the site of the enigmatic city that the Biblical narrative recounts as having been conquered by Joshua’s army. 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, modern science solves an ancient mystery in Egypt, while the discovery of Roman and Byzantine-era sites in Syria help illuminate life in the ancient world. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BACK TO MASADA
Free gift offer – ends midnight on Friday, March 19

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, March 19.

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 the famous last stand at 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. ____________________________________________________________
FROM PETRA TO PALMYRA
Visiting Syria, Jordan and Antioch

What sets our upcoming tour of Syria, Jordan and Antioch apart from the rest?

Any tour of this region is likely to include the magnificent rock-cut city of Petra, and Palmyra, one of the world’s greatest historical sites. And of course, our tour includes these important stops. But, no other tour brings you these must-see stops in combination with the fascinating sites listed below:

  • Antioch (Turkey): A center of early gentile Christianity, Antioch once rivaled Alexandria as a major Near Eastern city. While in Antioch, you will visit the famous Mosaic Museum and the Church of St. Paul.
  • Um Quis (Jordan): With views of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), this is the site of the ancient Greco-Roman town of Gadara. According to the Bible, this Decapolis city in Jordan is where Jesus cast out the devil from two men into a herd of pigs (Matthew 8:28-34).
  • Al Bara and Serjilla (Syria): These two sites along a trade route between Antioch and Apamea flourished with wine and olive oil production. They are among the most important of the famous 700 "lost cities" in Syria.

These are only some of the highlights of this extensive 16-day tour that will take place October 21 – November 5, 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 April 15, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS
Last Supper a Seder?
Event Watch
Dig of the Week
Breaking News
Masada Free Gift Offer
Syria, Jordan, Antioch Tour
Cartoon Caption Contest
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