Featured articles in honor of Christmas
In just a few days, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods–these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps in the midst of all this, we might wonder what the story of Jesus’ birth meant to the earliest Christians. How did their story differ from the one we tell today, and what significance did they give to each member of the cast of characters? In honor of Christmas, the BAS Library features four articles on the magi, the location of Jesus’ birth, and on the Biblical personage to first recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Read more.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 BAR
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With each New Year comes the January/February issue of BAR–our Dig Issue and a reader favorite. BAR Managing Editor Dorothy D. Resig invites you curl up by the fireplace–or at your computer–and enjoy articles including our annual guide to archaeological excavations seeking volunteers, the latest finds from Herodium, the Jewish diaspora in the Roman period and Late Antiquity, and over 100 Philistine cult stands found at Yavneh.
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KING AND MESSIAH AS SON OF GOD
James C. VanderKam reviews a book
by Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins
What is the origin of the idea in canonical Christian texts that Jesus existed prior to the incarnation? And what is the source of the claim that he is a divine Messiah? These are the sorts of issues explored by Yale University scholars Adela Yarbro Collins and John Collins, a wife and husband team each of whom wrote four of the chapters of their book. Both are prominent scholars who have spent their careers exploring eschatological topics and ancient apocalyptic texts. Read more.
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily
In the news this week, an article in the Journal of Medieval History reports that Jesus’ great-grandmother was named Ismeria and was descended from the tribe of King David. A Russian company has signed an agreement with authorities in Jordan that will allow it to search the bottom of the Dead Sea for evidence of Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. In Germany, professor Joachim Friedrich Quack, an Egyptologist at University of Heidelberg, has been awarded a $3.3 million Liebniz Prize in recognition of his status as an international authority in his field. In Canada, archaeologist Spencer Pope is collaborating with researchers in medical physics and applied radiation sciences to investigate the metallurgical content of Greek and Roman coins. In the Persian Gulf, the ruins of a fifth-century A.D. monastery and church on Sir Bani Yas Island have just opened for public viewing. Read more.
SACRED ISRAEL: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE AGES
Experience Israel in a unique way
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 BAS 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.
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 February 25, 2010. Read more.
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YOUR GUIDE TO 2011 DIGS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Digs throughout the Bible lands need your help
Whether you’re interested in the worlds of Kings David and Solomon, or want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the apostles, we’ve got an archaeological dig for you. For each dig, we provide an in-depth description including location, historical and Biblical significance, and what the goals are for the season. Plus, learn about BAS Dig Scholarships and summer study opportunities in the US and abroad. Digs seeking volunteers for 2011 include:
- Apollonia-Arsuf (Israel)
- Ashkelon (Israel)
- Bethsaida (Israel)
- Hippos-Sussita (Israel)
- Khirbet el-Maqatir (Israel)
- Khirbet Qeiyafa (Israel)
- Tamar (Israel)
- Tel Burna (Israel)
- Tel Dor (Israel)
- Tel Gezer (Israel)
- Tel Hazor (Israel)
- Tel es-Safi/Gath (Israel)
- Temple Mount (Israel)
- Tiberias (Israel)
- Wadi Hamam (Israel)
- Tall Jalul (Jordan)