BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: June 23, 2010
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THE DESTRUCTION OF POMPEII–GOD’S REVENGE?
Did the ancient Romans view the destruction of Pompeii as an act of nature, or something more?

In August of 79 C.E., Mt. Vesuvius erupted with violent fury, consigning the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and its neighboring cities to total destruction almost overnight. Buried under several meters of volcanic deposit, the city was eventually discovered in the 18th century. Still under excavation today, more information–and more questions–are coming to light. For example, how did the Romans view this cataclysmic event? Did the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August 79 C.E.–almost exactly nine years after Roman troops destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem–seem like more than mere coincidence to the ancients? 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 French team brings more of Syria’s ancient history to light while four palaces recently discovered in western Turkey provide more information about the Lydian kingdom. In Cyprus, an ancient figurine production site is revealed, while archaeologists working in Egypt use modern technology to define the boundaries of the capitol city of the ancient Hyksos. Read more.
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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
William G. Dever

BAS is delighted to welcome Professor William Dever as one of our featured speakers at the upcoming Bible and Archaeology Fest XIII to be held this November in Atlanta. An American archaeologist specializing in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times, Dr. Dever 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. He 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. This year at Fest, Professor Dever will be presenting participants with the latest Biblical research in his lecture "Can a History of Israel be Written? Where We Stand Now."

Read more about William Dever.
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BIBLE & ARCHAEOLOGY FEST XIII
Exclusive access to the world’s foremost Biblical scholarship in the company of fellow Bible and archaeology enthusiasts

Atlanta, GA | November 19-21, 2010

Can a true history of Israel really be written? How do Biblical traditions align with archaeological reality? How did the ancient Israelites make the transition from paganism to monotheism? The answers to these questions and many more will be presented at Bible and Archaeology Fest XIII, November 19-21, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. Open to the public, this 3-day program will feature 20 of the most distinguished scholars from around the world covering topics from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the latest archaeological discoveries. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary partnership: exclusive access to the world’s foremost Biblical scholarship in the company of intelligent fellow participants who share your love of the Bible and archaeology. Read more.


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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! On sale now – save $50!
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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 August 15, 2010. Read more.
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LEGENDARY TURKEY
Following in the Footsteps of Paul

This beautiful and mythical land is essential to understanding the context of the New Testament, as approximately two-thirds of its books are written either to or from churches in Turkey. With Dr. Mark Wilson as your expert scholar-guide, follow in the footsteps of Paul as you explore the land that has some of the most significant Biblical sites in the world:

  • The harbor that Paul and Barnabus departed from in Kaleiçi
  • Perga, the city that Paul visited during his first journey
  • The harbor of Andriake, where Paul changed ships on his way to Rome
  • Psidian Antioch, where it is believed Paul preached his first sermon of Acts and where there is an important church dedicated to him
  • Hierapolis, mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Colossians
  • The unexcavated site of Colossae, where it is quite possible (and generally held) that Paul wrote two letters–Colossians and Philemon
  • Miletus, where Paul delivered his speech to the Ephesian elders, near one of its four harbors
  • The incomparable site of Ephesus, home of the famous ancient library, where Paul spent nearly three years during his third journey

These are just some of the highlights of this extensive 12-day tour taking place September 20 – October 2, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS
Pompeii–God’s Revenge?
Breaking News
Scholar Spotlight
Bible & Archaeology Fest
Save $50 on Dever Course
Cartoon Caption Contest
Legendary Turkey
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