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    The Biblical Archaelogical Review (BAR) - the most widely known popular Biblical Archaelogical magazine - in its internet weekly e-newsletter The BAR
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      The Biblical Archaelogical Review (BAR) - the most widely known popular Biblical Archaelogical magazine - in its internet weekly e-newsletter "The BAR Companion" has highlighted Fr Dale Johnson's article, "Google Archaelogy" (http://www.socdigest.org/articles/01sep06.html) in its September 26th edition. See the link at http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/bswbOOnews.html. (The page is refreshed weekly and may change on Oct 2nd or 3rd).
       
      Congratulations to Shroro for recognition by an internationally acclaimed journal! Congratulations in particular to Rev. Fr. Dale Johnson on an excellent article that offers much promise for the preservation of sites of great importance for the Syriac Orthodox Church and a special thanks for his selfless service for the Church!

      Regards,
      Thomas Joseph, Ph.D.
      Web Master, Syriac Orthodox Resources [ http://sor.cua.edu/ ]
      Tech. Editor, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies [ http://bethmardutho.cua.edu/Hugoye/ ]
      St. Mary's Church, Los Angeles
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      Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:40:43 -0400
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      September 26, 2006
       
       
      The BAR Companion
      The E-Newsletter of the Biblical Archaeology Society

      A Second Look at the "Alexander Son of Simon" Ossuary
      Did It Hold Father and Son?
      We all know that things don’t always turn out to be “as advertised.” Once in a while, though, they can turn out to be even better! This may prove to be the case with an intriguing ossuary (a stone bone box) highlighted in the article I wrote for Biblical Archaeology Review called “Treasures in the Storeroom: The Family Tomb of Simon of Cyrene” (July/August 2003). This late Second Temple period burial chest bears the inscription “Alexander (son) of Simon,” an exact parallel to the individuals named in the New Testament, in Mark 15:21: Simon of Cyrene, the man who carried Jesus’ cross, and his son Alexander. In the BAR article, I suggested that the person whose remains were in the ossuary was very likely the son of the Biblical Simon. From further study of the ossuary, I now believe that it may well have held the remains of Alexander, but also of the Biblical figure himself—Simon of Cyrene.

      Click here to read this intriguing article by Tom Powers, guide, teacher, and participant in the excavations at Bethsaida, Kursi and the “Cave of John the Baptist.”
      To keep up with what’s new, visit the Features section often.

      Treasure of the Second Temple
      It’s long been insinuated that the treasures of the Second Temple, which were looted by Titus in 70 A.D. when he devastated Jerusalem, were hidden somewhere deep in the vaults of the Vatican. But British archaeologist Sean Kingsley claims they actually made their way back to the Holy Land centuries ago.

      More on this story... This story will be available for one week only!


       


      Testing the Dead Sea Scrolls
      The Scrolls have been through batteries of tests— from carbon dating to DNA analysis. And many of the scroll fragments are now on display in Seattle. Local clergy talked to the Seattle Post Intelligencer about the importance of the Scrolls to both Jews and Christians. Among other interviewees was scroll expert Martin Abegg who got a laugh from a six-year- old who went to the exhibition excited to see the “Dead Sea Squirrels.”

      More on this story... This story will be available for one week only!

      Read about BAR's involvement in liberating the Dead Sea Scrolls in BAS Retrospective below.

       

      Anno Mundi 5767
      How did it get to be 5767 in the Jewish calendar?

      More on this story... This story will be available for one week only!


       
      Remember to visit BAS's Breaking News section for all of this week's Bible and archaeology news.
       


      Digging Deeper
      The Latest Archaeological Research from the Biblical World (2 DVD Set)
      NEW ON DVD!

      The BAS Lecture Series presents a variety of lectures from recent Biblical Archaeology Society Bible Fests. This DVD series provides you with a front row seat in the lecture hall as world-renowned archaeologists and Bible scholars detail their most recent archaeological discoveries.

      Each lecture has been enhanced with either images or handouts, yet still conveniently runs under an hour.

      Aren Maeir | The Philistines and the Bible: Fresh Insights in Light of Recent Archaeological Research

      Uzi Avner | The Biblical-Time Sanctuary in the Timna Valley and Its Social Religious Implications

      Daniel Schowalter | Top Ten Reasons to Visit the Decapolis: Roman Power and Presence in the Eastern Empire

      Gary Rendsburg | Israel Without the Bible

      Visit www.easycart.net/ecarts/bib- arch/9HLS5.html for complete information and to purchase your copy today!

       

      BAS Retrospective
      Previously published articles illuminating current events
      BAR's involvement in liberating the Dead Sea Scrolls.


      What Should Be Done About the Unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls?
      By Hershel Shanks
      BAR September/October 1989
      Dead Sea Scrolls Scandal: Israel’s Department of Antiquities Joins Conspiracy to Keep Scrolls Secret
      BAR July/August 1989

      These stories will be available for one week only.

       

      Bible & Archaeology Fest IX
      It's a world of learning at our premier annual event!
      November 17-19, 2006
      Washington, DC
      The Washington Court Hotel

      Early bird price: $415
      BAS brings you two dozen renowned Bible & Archaeology scholars! To spark your interest, read what our past Fest participants say:

      “This is one of the best programs ever. The lecturing quality is uniformly excellent.” —Burt Lipshie

      “I loved every lecture and feel uplifted from the conference.” —Tony McCoy

      “The main value of Fest is the scholars. They remind us that much is to be gained by seeing what the facts tell us.” —Peter Beckmann

      “As usual, the program added richness to my knowledge of the Hebrew Bible, Israelite history, archaeological activities, and learning about the latest discoveries. Keep this going!” —Ruth Myers

      “I most enjoyed the excitement of sharing research, discoveries, analysis and opinions with the experts and attendeers.” —Russell Crow


      SCHOLARS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK:

      Susan Ackerman, Dartmouth College

      Rami Arav, University of Nebraska, Omaha

      Uzi Avner, Ben-Gurion University and Arava Institute

      Gabriel Barkay, Bar-Ilan University

      Jeffrey Chadwick, Brigham Young University

      Michael Coogan, Stonehill College

      Douglas Edwards, University of Puget Sound

      Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

      Craig Evans, Acadia University

      Alexander Fantalkin, Tel Aviv University

      Norma Franklin, Tel Aviv University

      Katharina Galor, Brown University

      Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University

      James Hoffmeier, Trinity International University

      Ann Killebrew, Penn State University

      Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University

      Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

      Birger Pearson, University of California, Santa Barbara

      Leen Ritmeyer, co-author with wife Kathleen Ritmeyer of recently revised and updated BAS book Secrets of Jerusalem's Temple Mount

      Tammi Schneider, Claremont Graduate University

      Daniel Schowalter, Carthage College

      James Tabor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      Oren Tal, Tel Aviv University

      David Ussishkin, Tel Aviv University

      And more!

      Please call us for more information and to receive a registration brochure: 1-800-221-4644 x208

      Or, visit the Bible & Archaeology Fest IX program page for complete information and online registration.

       


      Bible Quiz
      Test your Bible knowledge with these questions from the archives of Bible Review.

      What Hebrew king had 15 years added to his life because of his prayer to God?

      Click here for the answer—available for one week only.

       


      Cartoon Caption Contest
      Enter your caption today!
      Write a caption for this cartoon, and your entry could appear in BAR! The deadline for entries is October 21, 2006. The winning caption will be printed in Biblical Archaeology Review, and the author will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scrolls mug and three gift subscriptions to give BAR to friends. Runners-up will receive a BAS T- shirt and two gift subscriptions.

      Enter your caption today!.

       


      In Pharaos Grab: Die verborgenen Stunden der Sonne
      Antiquities Museum, Basel, Switzerland
      September 22, 2006-January 21, 2007

      From September 22 until January 21, a spectacular exhibition at Basel’s Antiquities Museum looks at burial rituals in old Egypt. The highlight of the exhibition is the burial chamber of Thutmosis III, one of the most important pharaohs of the 18th dynasty. A facsimile of the burial chamber has been built in the museum and supplemented with original objects, giving visitors the chance to take a breathtaking trip back in time.

      Exhibitions around the world are illuminating the Bible and archaeology. Check Exhibition Watch regularly for the latest listings.

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