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ANSWERS TO CAIN’S QUESTION
Leonard Greenspoon on the Biblical question “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Leonard Greenspoon“Am I my brother’s keeper?” The first person to utter this question, Cain (in Genesis 4:9), more than likely expected, or at least hoped for, an answer in the negative. It is clear, though, that readers of the Bible are intended to respond in the positive: Yes, I am my brother’s (and sister’s) keeper. In contemporary society, at least as based on reports in major newspapers worldwide, the appropriate response to this eternal query is decidedly more mixed. Read more.

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WHO REALLY WROTE THE BIBLE?
Featuring Leonard Greenspoon
Who Really Wrote the BibleThe DVD Who Really Wrote the Bible? Differing Views on the Authorship of the Bible tackles problematic and contentious issues of Biblical authorship and, in the process, provides startling revelations about how and when the Bible was written. This 4-hour DVD lecture presentation features “Text and the City: How the Septuagint, the First Bible Translation, Adapted the Bible for an Urban Audience” by Leonard Greenspoon. Also contains additional presentations from Bart D. Ehrman, Marc Goodacre and James Charlesworth. 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, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has volunteered to return 19 Egyptian artifacts that came originally from the tomb of Tutankhamen. In Saudia Arabia, a hieroglyphic inscription bearing the name of pharaoh Ramses III has been discovered at the oasis of Tayma. Thirteen cuneiform tablets dating from 1900-1700 B.C. on display at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) evidence the sophisticated mathematics that flourished in Babylonia (present-day Iraq)–long before the time of Pythagoras. In Berlin, scientists presented new methods to study the Dead Sea Scrolls, including examination with light, electron and environmental scanning electron microscopes, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, a feature in the December National Geographic magazine asks: Was the kingdom of David and Solomon a glorious empire–or just a little cow town?
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THE CAVE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST: THE STUNNING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY THAT HAS REDEFINED CHRISTIAN HISTORY
James F. Strange reviews Shimon Gibson’s book
The Cave of John the BaptistThis book is an engaging, first-person account of the excavation of an ancient cave near Beth Ha-Karim, west of Jerusalem, that Shimon Gibson, the author/excavator, associates with John the Baptist. The cave appears to have been first occupied in the Iron Age from the eighth to the sixth century B.C., but its most unusual period of use was from the first to third century A.D., when it seems to have had a cultic role (a role that continued as late as the eighth century A.D.). The book also reviews scholarly research on John the Baptist and Jesus and their relationship. It concludes with a series of speculations about John the Baptist. In no way does it live up to its subtitle. Read more.

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SACRED ISRAEL: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE AGES
Experience Israel in a unique way
Israel February 3 – 18, 2011
led by
Amnon Wallenstein
Would you like to experience Israel in a more profound and personal manner than what is available on the usual tour? Come visit one of the world’s most sacred and history-drenched lands on an adventure that only we can provide. Join us as we take you on an extraordinary journey through the Holy Land where three of the world’s largest religions converge in history. Highlights include Jerusalem, Tiberias, Masada and Mt. Carmel. Read more.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
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Image Description: CartoonWrite 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 December 25, 2010. Read more.
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CONTENTS
Answers to Cain’s Question
Who Really Wrote the Bible?
Breaking News
Cave of John the Baptist
Sacred Israel
Cartoon Caption Contest

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