Was Noah’s Ark a Sewn Boat?

020 The story of Noah’s Ark may be the best known of all Biblical tales. The destruction of a sinful world by an angry God, the cleansing waters of the flood and the redemption of mankind through one righteous man continues to fascinate young and old alike. With the possible exception of the […]

In the Path of Sennacherib

“I laid waste the large district of Judah and made the overbearing and proud Hezekiah, its king, bow in submission,” boasts Sennacherib, monarch of Assyria, in a preserved cuneiform inscription.1 “I laid siege to 46 of his strong cities: … and conquered (them),” Sennacherib elsewhere claims, obviously hoping to secure his place in history. […]

John the Baptist’s Cave
The Case in Favor By Shimon Gibson, James D. Tabor

We found the cave by chance in the winter of 1999 when I (Shimon Gibson) was conducting an archaeological survey of ancient agricultural remains on the slopes of the hills and in the wadis next to Kibbutz Tzova, a short distance from the traditional hometown of John the Baptist at Ain Karim, west […]

The History of Israelite Religion
A Secular or Theological Subject? By Frank Moore Cross

If we propose to study the history of the religion of ancient Israel, we must be governed by the same postulates that are the basis of modern historical method. Our task must be a historical, not a theological, enterprise. We must trace the origins and development of Israel’s religion, its emergence from its West […]

Tassili N’Ajjer, Algeria


Edom Was There
New Finds Support Biblical Account
The Cream of the Crop
Two BAR Articles Honored
Finkelstein Captures David (Prize)
Credited with Revolutionizing the Field
Amir Drori, 1937–2005
From General to Antiquities Director