BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: April 7, 2010
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JESUS’ LAST NIGHT WITH HIS DISCIPLES
A new book examines the Last Supper

In each of the Four Gospels, there is a disproportionate amount of material about Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem–especially the last 24 hours–so it comes as no surprise that entire books are devoted to this short time span. BAR managing editor Dorothy D. Resig reviews one of the latest, written by Hannaniah Pinto and James Fleming, who set the Last Supper in the context of Jesus’ teachings and crucifixion, as well as in the broader history of the Exodus, Passover traditions and Roman culture. Read more.

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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Peter Flint

This summer, Dr. Peter Flint will be revealing the world of the Dead Sea Scrolls to participants of the BAS St. Olaf Summer Vacation Seminar as they experience the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Scrolls in person. Professor Flint, one of the world’s leading authorities in Scroll scholarship, holds the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies and is Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University, Canada. He has edited over 25 Dead Sea Scrolls for Oxford University Press, and recently completed the official edition of the Great Isaiah Scroll and the second Isaiah Scroll from Cave One (Oxford University Press). Read more.

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DIG OF THE WEEK
Hippos-Sussita: City of the Decapolis

Impressively situated on a high spur overlooking the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Hippos was founded shortly after 200 B.C. as one of the ten Decapolis cities of northeastern Palestine. In these cities, where the local population came to fully embrace Greek life and culture, Hellenistic values dominated nearly every aspect of civic and private life, including architecture, religion, literature and sport. Even after the Roman general Pompey established Roman control over the region in 63 B.C., the Decapolis cities retained their Hellenized traditions for several hundred years. Read more.

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EVENT WATCH
The Dead Sea Scrolls in California, and Israel’s past in silver and bronze

Exhibits on two sides of the world are highlighting both Biblical history and the history of the land of the Bible. Now open to the public, the exhibit Official Awards and Orders in Eretz Israel in Beersheba offers a unique commentary on local heroism and history. The collection of medals and awards highlight the history of Israel from the days of the Ottoman Empire, through the British Mandate, the Anzac period and on into the modern State of Israel. Meanwhile in California, an exhibition of rare Biblical artifacts on display at Azuza Pacific University look at the history of the written word–from a 5,000-year-old cuneiform tablet and the Dead Sea Scrolls to a Gutenberg Bible leaf, original King James Bibles, and more. 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, grim headlines in the world of archaeology report that Lebanon’s past falls victim to looters while an Assyrian site in Turkey is slated for destruction. In Egypt, archaeologists speculate on the location of a missing tomb while in Luxor Egypt’s more recent past is being sacrificed in favor of modern urbanization. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
THE HOLY LAND IN PICTURES
10 CD-ROMs, Special Web-Only Price, $199.95

This unique collection of 10 CD-ROMs contains over 1,675 carefully selected full-color images taken by renowned photographers. Each top-quality image is supported by a long, detailed desciption written by top Bible scholars and archaeologists. The easy-to-use program enables you to create customized high-resolution slide shows. Slides can also be downloaded into PowerPoint for classroom use.

*For a limited time, the entire collection of 10 CD-ROMs is available at the special web-only price of $199.95. If bought separately, the total cost for all 10 disks would be $549.50.* 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.
  • Umm Qais (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
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
Jesus’ Last Night
Scholar Spotlight
Dig of the Week
Event Watch
Breaking News
The Holy Land in Pictures
Syria and Jordan Tour
Cartoon Caption Contest
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WHERE CHRISTIANITY
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