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August 25, 2012

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Three Takes on the Oldest Hebrew Inscription

In the May/June 2012 BAR, epigrapher Christopher A. Rollston’s “What’s the Oldest Hebrew Inscription?” considered four contenders as candidates for the oldest Hebrew inscription. A new scholar’s study section features responses to Rollston’s article by by Khirbet Qeiyafa excavator Yosef Garfinkel and distinguished Israeli epigrapher Aaron Demsky.

Ancient Inscriptions and Early Judean Cult at Khirbet Qeiyafa

Get a complete look at ancient inscriptions and Khirbet Qeiyafa with a brand new combination from BAS. For a short time only, the Ancient Inscriptions: Voices from the Biblical World CD-ROM comes with the brand new DVD lecture “The Sanctuary of Khirbet Qeiyafa.”

Jewish Worship, Pagan Symbols

There are seven places in Israel where Jews depicted zodiac wheels, Helios, the four seasons and other symbols on mosaic floors. We have never found a zodiac in a Jewish context outside of Israel, and every zodiac found in Israel was in a synagogue.


A Jewel from the Crown

Visitors to the Israel Museum’s Rescued from Fire: A Rare Remnant of the Aleppo Codex can now see a small fragment of the codex that was recently brought to light.

Tracing Drought in Ancient Egypt through Pollen Analysis

Researchers investigating pollen and charcoal in the Nile Delta revealed a connection between buried assemblages and a drought in ancient Egypt that precipitated the collapse of the Old Kingdom.

Biblical Israel with Donkeys and…Wi-Fi?

In a bizarre twist of the old and new, the Israeli reenactment park Kfar Kedem has attached Wi-Fi routers to five of their donkeys in an attempt to bring the ancient world up to modern standards.


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