All in the Family

We all know the big family names in Biblical archaeology.a Countless BAR articles have been written by or about the Mazars—whether it’s the late great Benjamin Mazar, who excavated at the foot of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in the 1960s and 1970s, or his nephew Amihai Mazar, who is a prominent Israeli archaeologist in his […]

Digs 2010 Volunteering

This section will help you get started on finding an archaeological excavation that’s right for you, but there’s lots more on the Web at www.biblicalarchaeology.org/digs, which we developed to share excavation opportunities with our readers.

Dig Scholarship Winners

Nothing brings the excavation experience to life like hearing from volunteers—everyday people who finally decided to make their dreams of going on a real archaeological excavation come true. Here two of our 26 Dig Scholarship winners from 2009—a second-grade teacher and mother of five and an enthusiastic archaeology student—share their stories as first-time volunteers. […]

28 Years Later Couple Recalls Finding “Lost Ark”

It’s been 28 years since we finished our excavations at Nabratein and we’ve just published our final report, a hefty volume of 472 pages.1 Twenty-eight years may seem like a very long time; but for us, it seems like yesterday. We retain wonderful and vivid memories of our two seasons at Nabratein, the last […]

The “New Cleopatra” and the Jewish Tax

Warning: This article contains much that is uncertain and even speculative. You must therefore be over 18 to continue reading. On the other hand, the uncertainties and speculations are clearly marked as such. Moreover, the background of the story is unquestionably true. This is the true part. Each Jewish male 20 years or older […]

Roman Coins Boast “Judaea Capta”

The late great Israeli numismatist Yaakov Meshorer wrote in 2001:

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New inscription confirms trade relations between “towns of Judah” and South Arabia By André Lemaire

Southern Arabia is 1,200 miles south of Israel. Naturally, skepticism about the reality of trade between South Arabia and Israel in ancient times seems justified. Yet the Bible documents this trade quite extensively—most famously in the supposed affair between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. And the land of Sheba is referred to […]

Under the Influence
Hellenism in ancient Jewish life By Martin Goodman

How and why and to what extent Greek culture was absorbed into the ancient Jewish world is not always clear, but that it was is undeniable. To some extent, the answers depend on whether we study Judaism primarily as a separate culture, developed from its Biblical roots in an unbroken line, or whether we […]