BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: June 9, 2010
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SEARCHING FOR THE BETTER TEXT
How errors crept into the Bible and what can be done to correct them

As one of the most popular and widely read books in history, the Bible has undergone many translations and revisions over the last 2,000 years–processes that leave a fair amount of room for transcription and translation errors. However, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more and more textual problems are being resolved. Biblical scholar Harvey Minkoff discusses how errors have crept into the Bible and how the Dead Sea Scrolls are helping to correct them. 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, Italian officials announced plans to open up the underground section of Rome’s famous Colosseum to visitors. Cambridge University Library is undertaking a massive project to digitize its world-famous manuscript collection, and Syria is reporting on the hundreds of archaeological sites discovered in that country. Meanwhile in Israel, an impressive cache of 3,500-year-old ceramic vessels is uncovered southeast of Haifa, and researchers identify the Turkish origins of Tel Rehov’s ancient bees. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
William G. Dever

BAS is proud to welcome eminent Biblical archaeologist William G. Dever as one of our exciting lecturers at this year’s Bible and Archaeology Fest XIII. Dr. Dever is an American archaeologist specializing in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times. He is Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. Professor Dever has authored over 350 articles, 26 books and over 60 reviews. His forthcoming book, Israel in the 8th Century BCE: A History of Proof Without the Bible? will be published in 2011. Read more about Professor Dever. ____________________________________________________________
HOW ARCHAEOLOGY ILLUMINATES THE BIBLE
8-Part DVD Lecture Course by William G. Dever

Did the Israelites escape slavery in a mass exodus from Egypt? Was there a King David who established the United Monarchy in Jerusalem? What was everyday life like in ancient Israel? World-renowned archaeologist William G. Dever examines these important topics and others in this eight-part DVD lecture course he created exclusively for the Biblical Archaeology Society. If you’re looking for a comprehensive introduction to archaeology and the Hebrew Bible, look no further! Sneak preview sale price – save $50! ____________________________________________________________
SEMINAR AT SEA
Cruise the Caribbean with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine January 23-30, 2011

Begin 2011 with a grand learning adventure in the eastern Caribbean. Aboard Holland America’s luxurious, brand-new MS Nieuw Amsterdam, create a lifetime of memories while learning about Jewish-Christian relations in the ancient world, and how popular misconceptions inform our understanding of these religions today. The dynamic and exciting lectures of renowned Biblical scholar Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will guide you through this illuminating realm of scholarship as you experience the beauty and wonders of the Caribbean.

Jesus, Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations
Ancient Misunderstandings and Modern Consequences

  • Women in an Ancient Jewish World: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Wrathful God vs. Loving God: A Theological Puzzle Resolved
  • Jesus, Torah Law and Entry into Heaven: Misconceptions Laid to Rest
  • Christianity’s Take on the Jerusalem Temple: What History Really Tells Us
  • Jews and Gentiles in Antiquity: How Did They Get Along?
  • Who Killed Jesus? Re-examining the Evidence
  • Question and Answer session with Dr. Levine

Come enjoy the congenial society of your BAS companions and meticulous attention to your comfort as world-renowned scholar and lecturer Dr. Amy-Jill Levine engages and illuminates with her exciting lecture program. 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.

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Searching for the Better Text
Breaking News
Scholar Spotlight
How Archaeology Illuminates the Bible
Seminar at Sea
Cartoon Caption Contest
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