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The BAR Companion: May 5, 2010
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Did I Find King David’s Palace?
Archaeologist Eilat Mazar Discusses Her Discovery in the City of David

It is a subject that has been a source of debate among Biblical scholars and archaeologists for years: Was Jerusalem the sophisticated city that the Bible describes during the era of King David’s reign? Did he actually construct a palace in what is now the most ancient part of an ancient city? Renowned archeologist Eilat Mazar says that indeed he did, and that she has found it. 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, Iraq scores another win in the battle against the illegal antiquities trade when ancient artifacts from Ur are returned, and a new tomb discovery is made in Egypt. In Israel, Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate reopens after a two-month restoration project, and Sassanid ossuaries come to light in Iran. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Cruising the Caribbean with popular BAS lecturer Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Graduate Department of Religion, and Program in Jewish Studies. Some of her most recent books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne) The Historical Jesus in Context. A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies. BAS is delighted to have Dr. Levine as our lecturer for our ever-popular Seminar at Sea Program, where she will present Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations: Ancient Misunderstandings and Modern Consequences. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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EVENT WATCH
Ancient Rome and Cleopatra come to Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia is host to two exciting exhibits of the ancient world: Ancient Rome and America and Cleopatra: the Search for the Last Queen of Egypt. The Constitution Center’s exhibit Ancient Rome and America showcases artifacts from both Italy and America to demonstrate the cultural, political and social relationship between the ancient Roman Empire and modern America. The Franklin Institute, also in Philadelphia, will soon be home to the exhibit Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, which will explore the evidence gathered thus far in the search for the ancient Egyptian queen. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF JERUSALEM: FROM DAVID TO JESUS
Great archaeological finds from Jerusalem through the ages

This intriguing 90-minute documentrary DVD tells the story of the great archaeological finds from Jerusalem over the ages. Take a fascinating journey with writer, director and narrator Hershel Shanks, editor of BAR. View stunning aerial shots of Jerusalem in vivid color. See a multitude of artifacts and inscriptions including the silver amulet containing the earliest Biblical quotation ever discovered. Plus visit on-site location shots of Herod’s Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Cardo, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and much more. The accompanying Learner’s Guide includes study questions, historical maps, an extensive glossary, a chronology and a bibliography. 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 June 15, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS
Did I Find King David’s Palace?
Breaking News
Scholar Spotlight
Event Watch
The Archaeology of Jerusalem
View the DSS in Person
Cartoon Caption Contest
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