BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: March 31, 2010
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NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE RESURRECTION
Two new books examine the Resurrection in light of recent research

What happens to a person after death is a mystery that has provoked as much intense speculation as any subject pondered by humankind. The notion that Jesus of Nazareth was raised bodily from death is a cornerstone of Christian faith, as well as a source of seemingly endless commentary and debate. BAR contributing editor John Merrill reviews two recent books on the subject–The Resurrection by Geza Vermes and Jesus, the Final Days by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright–that offer fresh and engaging insights on the subject of resurrection, based on archaeological evidence as well as Biblical and extra-biblical sources. Read more.

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

This week, 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
Mt. Zion: Excavating Historic Jerusalem

Two thousands years ago, the area of the Mt. Zion excavations was well within the city walls of Jerusalem and bustling with activity. The area was situated at the end of the city’s great main street, the cardo maximus, and recent excavations here have revealed the incredibly well preserved houses of some of Jerusalem’s wealthiest families from the first century C.E. This summer, dig directors Shimon Gibson and James Tabor plan to uncover the remains of these Roman-era houses, and BAR readers are invited to join the adventure. 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, water damage in ancient Babylon is a priority for archaeologists concerned with preserving the ancient site while archeologists in Iran are gearing up for excavations at the World Heritage Site of Bistun. In Geneva, ancient and previously unknown fragments of the Talmud come to light, while researchers believe they may have found scientific evidence of the Biblical plagues. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
JESUS, QUMRAN AND THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Examine the evidence in this documentary DVD

Come with Hershel Shanks and the Biblical Archaeology Society to explore Qumran, the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We take you there to examine the ruins up close. The breathtaking cinematography makes it the next best thing to actually being there! We also put important questions to leading Bible scholars and archaeologists:

  • Did John the Baptist live at Qumran?
  • Did Jesus know of the Essene Jews who probably created the Dead Sea Scrolls?
  • How were the scrolls discovered, and why were they hidden?
  • Why did it take so long for them to be published?

The answers to these questions and much more await you in Hershel Shanks’s documentary search for connections between Jesus, Qumran and The Dead Sea Scrolls. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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ST. OLAF SUMMER VACATION SEMINAR
See the Dead Sea Scrolls in person this summer

The St. Olaf Summer Vacation Seminar is back by popular demand, and this time we have planned something extraordinary: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls with one of the leading authorities in Scroll scholarship! From July 11-17, 2010, the tranquil campus of St. Olaf College will welcome two exciting scholars giving 18 dynamic lectures to our numerous enthusiastic participants. Dr. Peter Flint of Trinity Western University and Dr. Ziony Zevit of the American Jewish University will present what promises to be our most unique program yet, entitled Stories, Scrolls and Archaeology: The Biblical World Brought to Life. Plus, participants will have the opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls during their last North American exhibit escorted by Dr. Peter Flint, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Scrolls. Read more.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Submit a caption

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
Resurrection Book Reviews
FREE Easter E-Book
Dig of the Week
Breaking News
Jesus, Qumran and the DSS
See the DSS in Person
Cartoon Caption Contest
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WHERE JESUS WALKED

"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."

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WHERE CHRISTIANITY
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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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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?

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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?

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