30 Machaerus:Where Salome Danced and John the Baptist Was Beheaded
According to the Synoptic Gospels, Herod Antipas had John the Baptist imprisoned and killed at the request of the beautiful Salome. The historian Josephus locates the event at the eastern citadel of Machaerus. This palatial fortress east of the Jordan River sat at the heart of Judean defenses under Herod the Great. The archaeological finds paint a clear picture of this magnificent site’s colorful but bloody history-from John the Baptist to the Jewish rebels of the First Revolt.
42 Antipas-The Herod Jesus Knew
Morten Homing Jensen
He ordered John the Baptist beheaded and participated in the trial of Jesus. But who was Herod Antipas? This son and successor of Herod the Great ruled Galilee when Jesus lived. What can archaeology tell us about this not-so-great Herod?
47 Did Eilat Mazar Find David’s Palace?
Archaeologist Eilat Mazar’s excavation methods are beyond reproach, but her recent claim to have discovered King David’s palace at her Jerusalem dig site has met with harsh criticism from other scholars in the field. Here, one senior archaeologist reviews the evidence to show why he agrees-and disagrees-with Eilat Mazar’s theory.
53 Josephus vs.Jeremiah:The Difference Between Historian and Prophet
In the first century C.E., during the First Jewish Revolt, the Jewish historian Josephus urged his besieged countrymen in Jerusalem to surrender to the Romans. Half a millennium earller the prophet Jeremial1did the same thing with respect to the Babylonians. So what’s the difference?
4 FIRST PERSON
Should Israel Return the Tablets of the Law to Egypt?
6 Queries & Comments
Violence Ramps Up Against Israel’s Archaeological Sites
“Bethlehem” from IAA Dig Found by Archaeologist IAA Arrested
World’s Great Libraries Go Digital
Winged Goddess on Ring Found in Abandoned Hoard
Scholars Seek Amateur Assistance
BAR Scholarships Send Diggers to Biblical Sites
Goren Bars Students from Publishing in BAR
11 How Many?
11 The Bible in the News
14 What Is It?
16 In Their Own Words
18 In History
22 Exhibit Watch
24 Cartoon Caption Contest
26 BIBLICAL VIEWS How the Mother God Got Spayed
28 ARCHAEOLOGICAL VIEWS
Should Archaeology Be Used as a Source of Testable Hypotheses About the Bible?
58 Another View
Christopher Rollston’s Methodology of Caution