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TWENTY-FOUR HOURS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD FOREVER: AN EASTER DISCUSSION
A look at Jesus’ last day and what it means

Some of the most important events in Jesus’ life–and in history–took place within a period of less than 24 hours. In honor of Easter, BAS explores Jesus’ last day in a collection of scholarly musings on the significance of Easter and what it means to millions of people. Touching upon topics such as the tradition of the Eucharist, the Garden of Gethsemane and the events that led to Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion and burial, as well as one of Jerusalem’s most sacred sites, these free articles offer readers some of the latest in Biblical scholarship surrounding one of the world’s most important traditions. Read more.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL VIEWS
How archaeologists decide where to dig

Starting an archaeological excavation is an exciting but challenging endeavor. How to choose a site? How to plan its excavation? How to navigate the bureaucratic process that ultimately leads to an excavation permit? How to raise the money? How to enlist staff and volunteers? Veteran archaeologists Joe Uziel and Itzick Shai describe the ins and outs of choosing a site for excavation, and how they settled upon Tel Burna, an ancient town on the border between Judah and Philistia. Read more.

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EASTER: EXPLORING THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
The latest free, downloadable e-book from BAS

This season, millions of people all over the world prepare for Easter, one of Christianity’s most important holidays, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. The intense drama and tragedy of Jesus’ trial, passion, death and burial is followed by one of the most startling events in the Biblical narratives, and the resurrection story is one of the most compelling and pivotal in the Christian tradition. In this latest free, downloadable e-book from BAS, expert Bible scholars and archaeologists offer in-depth research and reflections on the resurrection story. Read more.

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DIG OF THE WEEK
Kfar HaHoresh: A prehistoric mortuary site

In the archaeology of the Holy Land, the cultures of the Neolithic period (8,500-4,300 B.C.) are often relegated to the nebulous realm of "prehistory"–a blanket term for those long eras of human history that lack written texts. This often leads to the misconception that such cultures are unknowable and incomprehensible to the modern mind and thus, less interesting. But Neolithic sites like Kfar HaHoresh in the area of Nazareth in northern Israel are helping to debunk that myth. Recent excavations have revealed that the site was actually a unique cultic center and burial ground for Neolithic villagers living in the area. 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 colossal statue of the Egyptian god of wisdom is discovered in Luxor, while a seventh-century Arab palace is identified in Israel. A new theory emerges concerning the domestication of man’s best friend, and the world’s oldest temple comes to light in Turkey. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
WHERE JESUS WALKED
See the compelling evidence in this documentary DVD

"A highly professional and utterly delightful hour-and-a-half of the best and latest thinking of current archaeology on first-century Palestine–the time of Jesus. The videography is stunning. Shanks’ questions are those the layperson would (or should) ask, and the answers offered are clear, concise and to the point…This DVD belongs in every college, church and synagogue library in the world."
–James A. Sanders, Founder and President Emeritus, The Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center
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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 some of the 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 April 15, 2010. Read more.

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24 Hours that Changed the World Forever
Archaeological Views
FREE Easter E-Book
Dig of the Week
Breaking News
Where Jesus Walked
Legendary Turkey
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The Bible tells us stories about Jesus and his life, but this book gives us archaeological facts.

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LOST CHRISTIANITIES

Dive into the texts of forgotten gospels, unlock the mysteries of Gnostic beliefs, and meet some of the most important people in Jesus’ life and mission.

DVD, 12 lectures, 12 hours

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JESUS: THE LAST DAY

Why did the Romans arrest Jesus? What happened at Gethsemane? Which route did Jesus follow to Golgotha? How did the earliest Christians interpret his Passion? Where was Jesus buried?

Softcover, 136 pages

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THE SEARCH FOR JESUS

What does research on the historical Jesus have to do with Christian faith? What does the term "Son of Man" mean? Have scholars been looking for the wrong Jesus? What is the evidence for Jesus’ existence outside the Bible?

Softcover, 152 pages

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