What may perhaps be regarded as exceptions were papers in sessions that had nothing to do with the New Testament or Christianity as such—an early nunnery in Jerusalem presented by deputy director of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Uzi Dahari, another paper by the authority’s director of excavations, Gideon Avni, on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a paper by Debra Foran of the University of Toronto on the monasteries on Mount Nebo.


See Baruch Halpern, “The Assassination of Eglon,” Bible Review, December 1988.


See Jane Cahill et al., “Scientists Examine Remains of Ancient Bathroom,” BAR, May/June 1991.


See Hershel Shanks, “The Shekels for the Lord,” BAR, November/ December 1997, and “Real or Fake?” BAR, May/June 2003.


See Frank Moore Cross, “King Hezekiah’s Seal Bears Phoenician Imagery,” BAR, March/April 1999.


After an ASOR session described below, which Meyers characterized as a “very spirited meeting,” several ASOR committees met and adopted an amendment modifying the rules with respect to cuneiform tablets coming out of Iraq: These tablets may be published if the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage agrees and if the tablets are slated to be returned to Iraq.


As a result of his and other remarks made at this session, the rules were later modified somewhat for looted artifacts from Iraq. See previous footnote.