60 Years with the Dead Sea Scrolls Part 3

Our coverage of the 60th anniversary of the scrolls’ discovery comes to a close with an examination of the ruins of Qumran. Who lived there? Were they soldiers, ascetics or industrial laborers?

Dead Sea Scrolls: Who Lived at Qumran?

The various theories about who lived at Qumran can be divided into two camps, according to whether or not one believes that an intimate connection exists between the scrolls and the archaeological ruins. This point is particularly important because some of the scrolls are clearly sectarian; that is, they describe both the beliefs and […]

The Dead Sea Scrolls: How They Changed My Life

5 Scrolls Still in Private Hands By James H. Charlesworth

Village Razed, Rebel Beheaded
How Hadrian Suppressed the Second Jewish Revolt at Horvat ‘Ethri By Boaz Zissu

The second–third-century Roman historian Cassius Dio claimed that the Romans destroyed 985 Jewish villages while suppressing the so-called Bar-Kokhba Revolt, the Second Jewish Revolt. I believe we have excavated one of those villages at a site now known as Horvat ‘Ethri, just 15 miles southwest of the rebel capital at Bethar.1 At the […]

Hadrian’s Hard-Won Victory
Romans Suffer Severe Losses in Jewish War By Werner Eck

The First Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 A.D.), which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the burning of the Temple, was chronicled by the great Jewish historian Josephus. Much of his Jewish War, which extends to 681 pages in the standard Loeb Classical Texts edition, is an eye-witness account: Josephus commanded the Jewish […]

BAR Exclusive! Major New Excavation Planned for Mary Magdalene’s Hometown

A major new excavation is being planned for the hometown of one of the most significant figures in the life of Jesus. Often referred to simply as the Magdalene, Mary Magdalene came from Magdala, an important fishing community on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is situated 4 miles north […]

Is This Inscription Fake? You Decide

The famous Ivory Pomegranate Inscription: Is it a forgery or authentic? You decide. And let us know your decision.

First Person: Of “Curiosities” and “Relics”
Special objects that connect us to our past are important in themselves. By Hershel Shanks
Bizye, Thrace