BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: April 14, 2010
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BIBLE IN THE NEWS
Nothing new under the sun

In Hebrew they say, Ein chadash tachat hashemesh; in Greek, Ouk esti pan prosfaton upo ton hlion; and in Latin, Nihil sub sole novum. No matter how you say it, it comes down to pretty much the same thing: "There’s nothing new under the sun." And if we pay attention to contemporary reports in the press, that adage remains as true today as it ever was. Bible scholar and longtime BAR columnist Leonard Greenspoon takes a lighthearted look at an ancient expression’s popular usage. Read more.


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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Ziony Zevit

Dr. Ziony Zevit is Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at the American Jewish University and has participated in archaeological excavations at Tel Lachish and Tel Dan. His research has focused on the development of Hebrew spelling in the Biblical period as well as clarifying problems in the verbal system of classical Hebrew. His publications on these topics have affected the way many Biblical narratives are understood and interpreted. His most recent book, published in 2001, is The Religions of Ancient Israel, a study of popular and folk religion in ancient Israel based on both Biblical and archaeological evidence. This summer at the St. Olaf Summer Vacation Seminar, Professor Zevit will be presenting a series of exciting lectures on short stories and narratives in the Bible. Read more.


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DIG OF THE WEEK
Wadi Hamam: An Important New Site of the Roman Galilee

The site of Khirbet Wadi Hamam, nestled in a scenic valley just a mile west of the Sea of Galilee, has quickly proven to be one of the largest and most important Roman sites of the Galilee region. In only two seasons of excavation, archaeologists have discovered a cosmopolitan village from the Roman period that was home to an important Galilean synagogue and an impressive olive oil industry. This summer, BAR readers are invited to join dig director Uzi Leibner as he seeks to reveal more of this site’s exciting history. Read more.


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EVENT WATCH
Written in Stone: Historic Inscriptions from the Ancient Near East at the Morgan

An inscribed tablet from the Middle Assyrian period of Mesopotamia–recording and commemorating the restoration of the temple of the goddess Ishtar in the capital city of Assur–will go on view at The Morgan Library and Museum from April 13 through September 5, 2010. The extremely rare object, on loan from a private collector, has never before been displayed to the public, and is considered to be of exceptional historical value. The tablet will be part of a special exhibition of other inscribed ancient Near Eastern stone items entitled Written in Stone: Historic Inscriptions from the Ancient Near East. 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, an ancient Assyrian site is threatened by rising waters in Iraq, while the discovery of a cache of cuneiform tablets sheds light on the ancient empire’s politics. Also, an ancient Mithreum surfaces near Greece’s border. Read more.
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BUILD-A-BOOKSHELF BUNDLE
5 BAS Books, $29.95

During our Spring Blowout Sale, take advantage of this special book offer. The BUILD-A-BOOKSHELF BUNDLE groups together five popular BAS books: Abraham and Family, Jesus: The Last Day, Crusaders in the Holy Land, The Search for Jesus and Feminist Approaches to the Bible for the limited-time price of $29.95. This special offer is only good during the Spring Blowout Sale, which ends April 30, 2010. 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
Nothing New Under the Sun
Scholar Spotlight
Dig of the Week
Event Watch
Breaking News
Build a Bookshelf Bundle
See the DSS in Person
Cartoon Caption Contest
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