The Shechem Temple
Where Abimelech Massacred a Thousand By Lawrence E. Stager

In the time of Abimelech, a powerful warrior in early Israel, great events occurred in a fortified temple in Shechem. I believe that temple was found in an excavation at Shechem more than 75 years ago. But neither the original Austro-German excavators nor the later American excavators recognized it as being the temple […]

Literacy in the Time of Jesus
Could His Words Have Been Recorded in His Lifetime? By Alan R. Millard

How likely is it that someone would have written down and collected Jesus’ sayings into a book in Jesus’ lifetime? Several lines of evidence converge to suggest it is quite probable. The first factor to consider is how prevalent literacy was in Jesus’ time. Full literacy means being able to read and write proficiently, […]

Treasures in the Storeroom
Family Tomb of Simon of Cyrene By Tom Powers

The ossuary (bone box) inscribed, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” has become famous all over the world.a There is another group of now nearly forgotten bone boxes, however, that are also very likely connected to Jesus. They very probably belonged to the family of Simon of Cyrene, the man who carried the […]

Brother of Jesus Ossuary
New Tests Bolster Case For Authenticity By Edward J. Keall

“By accident most strange,” Shakespeare reminds us in The Tempest, can come “bountiful Fortune.” So, it might be argued, was the case with the tragic accident in which the now-famous ossuary (bone box) inscribed “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” broke last fall on its way from Israel to Toronto for exhibit at […]

Why It’s So Hard to Name Our Field By William G. Dever

Cynical observers claim that when a discipline falls to questioning its name, it is already moribund. I would argue, however, that periodic (and even painful) reassessment is a sign of robust health. And nothing is a better clue to our identity than the name we choose to give ourselves. I shall therefore air […]


Philistines Upon the Seas
Author Tristan Barako defends his claim that the Philistines did indeed migrate to Canaan over water. By Tristan Barako
First Person: Off the Map
Will the archaeology of Israel be represented at ASOR’s next meeting? By Hershel Shanks
Jamalgarhi, Pakistan