BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: July 21, 2010
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FAREWELL TO SBL
Faith and reason in Biblical studies

Columnist Ronald Hendel mourns the recent inclusion of Pentacostal and Evangelical groups in the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), saying, "The battle royal between faith and reason is now in the center ring at the SBL circus." This column has spurred a flurry of responses online; be sure to let us know what you think after reading it by using the Talkback feature. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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THE GARUM DEBATE
Was there a kosher Roman delicacy at Pompeii?

Scholars question whether "pure" Garum (a popular Roman sauce that was made from various types of fish and marine life) was intended for Jews or for the followers of Greco-Roman mystery religions that observed dietary restrictions or purity laws. Classics professor Robert I. Curtis of the University of Georgia clarifies and expands on his own interpretation of Garum jars found at Pompeii and what they might suggest about the Jewish population that lived there. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT
Laura Nasrallah

Laura Nasrallah is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard University’s Divinity School. Her research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world, and often engage issues of colonialism, gender, status and power. At this year’s upcoming Bible and Archaeology Fest XIII, you are personally invited to hear Dr. Laura Nasrallah’s lecture "Were the Corinthians Grieving? Paul’s Letters and the Roman City of Corinth." This presentation uses archaeological and literary evidence to think about how the Corinthians may have received Paul’s letters. 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, archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Parion in northwest Turkey have revealed the sarcophagus of an ancient warrior, while in Egypt, excavations in Beni-Sueif have uncovered a 3,000-year-old temple dating to the reign of Rameses II. In Italy, plans are underway to restore and open Jewish catacombs beneath the gardens of Rome’s Villa Torlonia. In Israel, volunteers at Tel Megiddo recieved a visit from the excavation’s patron, 80-year-old Lord Michael Allenby, and his wife, Lady Sara Allenby of Britain. The summer excavations at Hazor have yielded two portions of a cuneiform tablet bearing text similar to that of the Law Code of Hammurabi and the Biblical "tooth for a tooth." Read more. ____________________________________________________________
SEMINAR AT SEA
Cruise the Eastern Caribbean

January 23 – 30, 2011
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University

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. 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. Find out more.

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AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SEARCH FOR JESUS
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In this five-part documentary, Biblical Archaeology Review editor Hershel Shanks travels from Galilee to Jerusalem in search of the first century world in which Jesus lived and died. It includes visits to Nazareth, Sepphoris, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Kursi, Qumran and Jerusalem. In each installment, Shanks interviews eminent archaeologists and New Testament scholars about the sites associated with Jesus and other gospel figures. A trip to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, gives insight into the Jewish context of Jesus’ teachings. This film is the first and only documentary focusing on the archaeological evidence of Jesus and early Christianity. Read more.

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PHOTOS FROM ST. OLAF SUMMER VACATION SEMINAR
70 participants enjoyed first-hand learning last week

Check out photos from last week’s St. Olaf Summer Vacation Seminar with Drs. Peter Flint and Ziony Zevit on our new BAS Travel Study Facebook page. This year’s 70 seminar participants were the first to see the most recent volume of Discoveries in the Judaean Desert, which contains scroll translations, commentaries and photographs. View all photos.

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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.

CONTENTS
Farewell to SBL
The Garum Debate
Scholar Spotlight
Breaking News
Seminar at Sea
Jesus Documentary
Photos from St. Olaf Seminar
Cartoon Caption Contest
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