The Seventh Sample
IAA Report Shows Evidence for Authenticity of “Jesus” By Hershel Shanks

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) last summer declared the inscription on the James ossuary—which reads, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”—to be a fake.a Since then, however, both the reasoning and the conclusion of the IAA report have been widely attacked by experts.b And the members of the committee have not responded to […]

Marisa Tomb Paintings
Recently Discovered Photos Show Long-Lost Details By David Jacobson

Just over a hundred years ago, an American archaeologist discovered a series of spectacular tomb paintings dating from about 200 B.C.E. at a site in the foothills of the Judean mountains. Yet, within a few years, these precious works of art had faded into oblivion, and since then they have been known to the […]

A Tale of Two Meetings
Issue of Antiquities Splits Scholars in Atlanta By Hershel Shanks

The decision was unanimous: Antiquities collectors are criminals, responsible for the worldwide scourge of looting.

Don’t Rush to Judgment
Jehoash Inscription May Be Authentic By David Noel Freedman

BAR’s reports on the so-called Jehoash inscription—which describes repairs to the Solomonic Temple by King Jehoash in the ninth century B.C.E.—are unhesitatingly condemnatory: It is a fake. A piece by the BAR editor on the 15-line inscription is headed “Demonstrably a Forgery.”a My long-time friend Frank Cross (we wrote two joint doctoral dissertations […]

Pottery Talks
What Ceramics Tell Us About the Social World of Ancient Israel By Avraham Faust

So often it seems that pottery is boring. But the little bits of sherds that are ubiquitous on excavations tell us a lot. Thanks to pottery we can date structures such as buildings and the contents within them.


Debate: Sticking to the Facts
Adam Zertal counters Israel Finkelstein By Adam Zertal
First Person: Taking It Personally
A member of the IAA ossuary committee feels we've been one-sided By Hershel Shanks
Review: Why Objects from the Antiquities Market Matter
We don’t know where many of the objects in this book were found, but they have much to teach us. By Hershel Shanks
Nemrut Dagi, Turkey (ancient Commagene)


IAA Unveils Plans for a Grand Headquarters
Jerusalem Campus Will House Offices and Display Areas By Suzanne F. Singer
Bible Lands Museum Prepares to Expand
Aegean Gallery, More Spacefor Programming to Be Added By Suzanne F. Singer
Israelite Houses at Harvard
From an Average Home to God’s House
Synagogue Uncovered in Albania
Hebrew University Excavators Join Dig By Judith Sudilovsky