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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW

The BAR Companion: July 14, 2010
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL POLITICS–WHY IS ISRAEL DIFFERENT?
First Person: An Editorial by Hershel Shanks

All nations, including the United States, take pride in their history. If we discovered a house in private hands where Lincoln had lived for a short time, you may be sure that the government would acquire it by purchase or eminent domain and make it into a national monument and tourist attraction. If it were taken by eminent domain (that is, by government edict), our constitution provides that the owner must be paid "just compensation." This is what happens in the United States, and this is what appears to be happening all over the world … in every country except one. Read more.

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TEMPLE MOUNT, THE "SACRED ESPLANADE"
Two books on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount reviewed by James F. Strange

Distinguished scholar James F. Strange reviews Where Heaven and Earth Meet: Jerusalem’s Sacred Esplanade by Oleg Grabar and Benjamin Z. Kedar and Jerusalem’s Temple Mount: From Solomon to the Golden Dome by Hershel Shanks. As oversized productions featuring critical texts, beautiful and informative photographs, and in the case of Shanks’s book, drawings, reconstructions, tables and charts, these two books address the same audiences, namely, those who want scholarly detail but also sumptuous photographs on almost every page. Shanks readily calls this area "the Temple Mount," but Grabar and Kedar coin a new expression, "sacred esplanade," presumably for political reasons.
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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
James Charlesworth

James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature as well as Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has authored or edited over 60 books and 600 articles. At this year’s upcoming Bible and Archaeology Fest XIII, you are personally invited to hear Dr. James Charlesworth’s lecture "Understanding Jesus: What We have Learned from Archaeology, Research, and the Dead Sea Scrolls." This lecture will deal with key issues in the study of the historical Jesus that have come to light over the past thirty years. Read more.

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BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated
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This week in the news, the launch point of the ships bound for Troy in the Trojan wars may have been uncovered in Kyparissia, Greece, while in Syria, a musical scholar has recorded music composed from the oldest known musical notation, found in Ugarit on a cuneiform tablet dating to 1400 BC. Two significant finds were announced from Israel: an ancient Galilean synagogue dating to the fourth or fifth century AD and a 14th century BC clay fragment (believed to be the oldest written document found in Jerusalem to date) discovered during excavations outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. In Italy and in New Jersey, Dead Sea Scrolls fragments have been studied using protons, a particle accelerator and advanced photographic techniques. Read more.

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FROM PETRA TO PALMYRA
Visiting Syria, Jordan and Antioch

October 21 – November 5, 2010

Dr. Chahinda Karim, American University in Cairo

Journey through thousands of years of history in lands settled since Neolithic times. Experience magnificent Biblical landscapes, souks with unmatched treasure troves, and the archaeological remains of some of antiquity’s greatest monuments. Explore the grand ruins of Palmyra, Syria’s "oasis city," and sites where Paul traveled in Antioch, Turkey. Travel from the vast splendor of Petra–the rock-cut Nabatean archaeological wonder–to Ebla and Ugarit whose ancient archives revealed the world from which the Bible emerged. Read more.

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JERSALEM’S TEMPLE MOUNT
From Solomon to the Golden Dome

Few places in the world have enjoyed such religious significance as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. According to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim doctrine, it was here that Adam was buried after being expelled from Eden. This is also the site where it is said Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, where Solomon built his Temple, and where Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven. Using 160 vivid illustrations and revealing research, Hershel Shanks takes you from the Golden Dome backwards through time in an exploration of the temples that once stood in this spot. Buy this book from the BAS store.

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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.



CONTENTS


Archaeological Politics
Temple Mount Book Reviews
Scholar Spotlight
Breaking News
From Petra to Palmyra
Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
Cartoon Caption Contest

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