BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: June 2, 2010
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CHARLES FELLOWS IN APHRODISIAS
A 19th-century perspective of one of Turkey’s most beautiful ancient sites

British archaeologist and explorer Sir Charles Fellows (1799-1860) discovered the ruins of a number of ancient cities in Asia Minor (modern Turkey), including Xanthus, the ancient capital of Lycia. On his way to Lycia, Fellows spent three days at Aphrodisias, the Hellenistic city made of marble that was dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Fellows kept a detailed record of his journey, which he presented to the British Museum as a meticulously documented and illustrated report published as An Account of Discoveries in Lycia, being a Journal Kept during a Second Excursion in Asia Minor (1840). A portion of this report describes the relationship of the pagan and Christian ruins at the site, seen through the eyes of a 19th-century explorer. 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 pagan altar is discovered during construction at an Ashkelon hospital while scholars uncover clues to Egypt’s pre-pharaonic past in a Sahara cave. Tourism in Iraq has begun a slow climb upward as travelers brave the turbulent region to visit its magnificent ancient sites, and a controversial theory about the location of Mt. Sinai in the Negev may soon be accepted by the Vatican. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
BAS welcomes Asia Minor expert Mark Wilson on an extraordinary adventure

This fall, BAR readers will have the opportunity to explore an ancient and beautiful land significant to Biblical history with one of the world’s leading experts on the subject. BAS is delighted to have Professor Wilson as our lecturer on our not-to-be-missed 2010 tour program Legendary Turkey: In the Footsteps of Paul. Dr. Mark Wilson is the director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Izmir, Turkey. He combines thorough knowledge of the Bible with an intimate familiarity with Turkey’s historic sites. Currently the Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University, he is the author of Charts on the Book of Revelation, the revising editor of The Cities of St. Paul, editor of Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor and the author of "The Book of Revelation" in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. Professor Wilson also served as a consultant for "The First Christians" in the History Channel’s Lost Worlds series. Read more about Professor Wilson.

Curious about what an adventure to Turkey is really like? Join BAS Travel Study Director Sarah Yeomans as she explores this legendary land for the first time. Read about Sarah’s Turkish Travels. ____________________________________________________________
BIBLICAL CONTROVERSIES AND ENIGMAS
A short course by a master teacher and world-famous Biblical scholar James Tabor

Acclaimed Biblical scholar Dr. James D. Tabor sheds light on longtime Biblical debates, such as the origins of Christianity, what archaeology reveals about the last days of Jesus, and what the Bible says about death, the afterlife and resurrection. For beginner and seasoned readers of BAR–and everyone in between! Each hour-long or less lecture will educate and entertain you (7.5 total hours of lectures). Dr. James D. Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism. Since earning his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1981, Tabor has combined his work on ancient texts with extensive field work in archaeology in Israel and Jordan. Tabor has also been heavily involved in the recent "Jesus Family Tomb" controversy. His latest book is The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster, 2007). 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
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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 June 15, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS
Charles Fellows in Aphrodisias
Breaking News
Scholar Spotlight
Biblical Controversies and Enigmas
See the DSS in Person
Cartoon Caption Contest
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