Satan’s Throne
Revelations from Revelation By Adela Yarbro Collins

In the Book of Revelation, a prophet named John experiences a vision of the risen Christ, who asks him to convey a message to each of the seven Christian congregations of Asia Minor—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodikeia. To the 028Pergamon congregation, this is the message: And to the angel of the […]

The Spade Hits Sussita
BAR Article—“Sussita Awaits the Spade”—Leads to Excavation By Arthur Segal, Michael Eisenberg

Fifteen years ago, I (Arthur Segal) sat in my study reading an article in BAR by Vassilios Tzaferis about Sussita, a dramatic site overlooking the Sea of Galilee that had been destroyed in a violent earthquake in 749 C.E. and had never been resettled. The columns of a church at the center of the […]

Engraved in Memory
Diaspora Jews Find Eternal Rest in Jerusalem By André Lemaire

When Oded Golan first invited me to his home in April 2002, it was to examine an inscription on a bone box—but not the one bearing the now-famous inscription, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” That one was not even in Golan’s apartment at that time. He showed me only a picture of […]

Abraham Isaac & Jacob Meet Newton, Darwin & Wellhausen

Israel first appears in an epigraphic source (that is, in a surviving ancient document) around 1200 B.C.E.,1 in a stone victory stele of the Egyptian pharaoh Merneptah. At the end of this long inscription, almost as an afterthought, the intrepid king informs us that he put an end to “Israel,” a group located […]

First Person: Archaeology as Peep Show
Promptly releasing images of archaeological finds would benefit scholars, scholarship and the public. Try it. By Hershel Shanks