John the Baptist’s Cave???
The Evidence Is Thin By Hershel Shanks

On August 17, 2004, the New York Times devoted an entire column in its A section to the discovery of a cave with a pool near Jerusalem that, it said, John the Baptist may have used to baptize early converts to what later became known as Christianity. The following day, Doubleday released a nearly […]

Jerusalem in David and Solomon’s Time
It Really Was a Major City in the Tenth Century B.C.E. By Jane M. Cahill

Among the most controversial issues in both Biblical archaeology and Biblical studies is the nature of Jerusalem in the tenth century B.C.E. Why the tenth century? Because in the Bible that is the time of Israel’s glory, the time of King David and King Solomon, the time of the United Kingdom of Judah and […]

Weeds & Seeds
What Archaeobotany Can Teach Us By Ehud Weiss, Mordechai E. Kislev

Think small. No, think minute! Think something seemingly unimportant, but invaluable. Think seeds and weeds and grains—grown over 2,500 years ago. Our story takes place in the late seventh century B.C.E. in the thriving Philistine city of Ashkelon, on what is now the Mediterranean coast of Israel. In 604 B.C.E., Ashkelon was utterly […]

The Name Game
Dating the Book of Judges By Richard S. Hess

I study names. We can learn an enormous amount from names and their etymology. Since one of the issues raised in BAR recently has been the historicity of early sections of the Bible, I wondered whether names could make a small contribution to that discussion. Let’s look at the personal names in a famous […]

Yes, Virginia, There IS an American Biblical Archaeology Museum
(Hint: It’s in Brooklyn) By Hershel Shanks

I have often lamented that, although there are thousands of museums in the United States devoted to every conceivable topic, there is not a single museum here devoted to Biblical archaeology. I have recently been challenged on this assertion—and from a most unlikely source. I am wrong, I am told. There is a Biblical […]

First Person: Shuka
Why is he so mad? By Hershel Shanks


Assyrians in Ashdod
Palace Uncovered Near Israel’s Coast By Judith Sudilovsky
Reuben Bullard (1928–2004)
First Geologist at Dig in Israel By Edwin M. Yamauchi
W. Harold Mare (1918–2004)
A Long Life of Accomplishments By Edwin M. Yamauchi
In the Image of Abraham
Bible Lands Museum Teaches Arab and Jewish Children About Shared Past By Judith Sudilovsky