BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: July 7, 2010
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HOW BAD WAS JEZEBEL?
A close look at one of the Bible’s most infamous women

For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. This ancient queen has been denounced as a murderer, prostitute and enemy of God, and her name has been adopted for lingerie lines and World War II missiles alike. But just how depraved was Jezebel? Biblical scholar Janet Howe Gaines examines this notorious Biblical character in a new light. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
JUST RELEASED: VIDEO TRAILER FOR HERSHEL SHANKS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Hershel Shanks speaks about his newly published autobiography

In a new video trailer, Hershel Shanks speaks about his autobiography Freeing the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Adventures of an Archaeology Outsider, the fascinating account of an archaeology outsider and his scrapes with governments, nomads and scoundrels. He shares anecdotes that are recounted in detail in his autobiography and reads from the book’s preface. Hershel Shanks is the founder and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. Once a successful Washington attorney, Shanks changed careers after a trip to the Holy Land and devoted himself to the study of Biblical archaeology. Watch trailer now. ____________________________________________________________
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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Ben Witherington III

At this year’s upcoming Bible and Archaeology Fest XIII, we are delighted to give our participants the opportunity to hear Dr. Ben Witherington’s latest research in his lecture "Is the Word of God Really Inspired? Inspiration and Sacred Texts in the Greco-Roman World." Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, has presented seminars for churches, colleges and Biblical meetings all over the world. He has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top Biblical studies works by Christianity Today. In addition to his many interviews on radio networks across the country, Professor Witherington has been featured on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, what is believed to be the oldest known illustrated Christian manuscript comes to light in Ethiopia, while Hellenistic and Roman discoveries are made in Syria. Meanwhile in Israel, an extremely rare coin comes to light at excavations in Bethsaida and a plan is in the works to showcase archaeological artifacts in public spaces throughout Tel Aviv. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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LETTER FROM THE BAR MANAGING EDITOR
Your guide to the just-published July/August 2010 issue of BAR

BAR Managing Editor Dorothy D. Resig gives an insider’s guide to the just-published July/August 2010 issue. Highlights include:

  • Hershel Shanks’s interview of Lawrence E. Stager, the longtime excavator of Ashkelon
  • Excavator David Ussishkin’s reveations about what was found at Jezreel, the 11-acre site where Jezebel met her death
  • Marvin A. Sweeney’s telling of the exciting tale of the Nash Papyrus, the fragmentary text that played such a critical role in the early study of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Hershel Shanks’s questioning whether the ancients considered the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii to be God’s revenge

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EXCLUSIVELY EGYPT: A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
Travel the entire length of the Nile from Cairo to Aswan

March 2 – 15, 2011
Dr. Chahinda Karim, American University in Cairo

Follow our scholar/guide Dr. Chahinda Karim through temples, tombs, museums and monasteries from Cairo to Aswan, including a four-night Nile cruise onboard the Oberoi Nile Cruiser. Explore rarely visited sites that are rich in archaeology and village life. Egypt: Discover the legends and mysteries of the one of the greatest civilizations in the world, where pharaohs built architectural wonders and daily life along the Nile was permeated by myths and gods. Read more.

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DIGGING MEGIDDO
A look at life on an archaeological excavation

Have you ever wondered what life on a dig is really like? Well, excavation season is in full swing this summer, and many of the projects that we feature in the Find a Dig section of our Web site have active blogs chronicling the adventures of the excavation teams. We invite you to read about some of the exciting work happening right now in Megiddo, as well as the reflections and photos of the staff and volunteers who are illuminating the site that many associate with the Battle of Armageddon. 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 August 15, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS
How Bad Was Jezebel?
Shanks Video Trailer
Scholar Spotlight
Breaking News
Insider’s Guide to BAR
Exclusively Egypt
Digging Megiddo
Cartoon Caption Contest
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