Biblical Archaeology Review Vol 39 No. 1 January/February 2013

Art as Bible Interpretation
STRATA      12
Jewish Captives in the Imperial City
The End of an Era
Ancient Worship in Israel­ Before the Israelites
Site of Samaritan Temple Open to Public
A House Divided
IAA’s New Archaeological Campus Begins to Rise

Biblical Widows-Groveling Grannies or Teaching Tools?
Robin Gallaher Branch

Jerusalem in Her Own Words
Jonathan  J. Price

Samson in the Synagogue               32
Jodi Magness
Carved stones scattered around the site hinted at the presence of an ancient synagogue at Huqoq, but exactly where was it located? The search took a surprising turn when excavators revealed a beautiful woman’s face in the dirt.

Who Was Buried in the Tomb of Pharaoh’s Daughter?                40
For centuries, Jerusalem’s Tomb of Pharaoh’s Daughter has captured the attention of explorers and archaeologists alike. Tradition, Egyptian decorations and a captivating name have ?purred speculation about the original occupant of this First Temple period monument. A Jerusalem archaeologist investigates the question-whose tomb was it?

The Diggers ReturnNoah Wiener                  51
Fieldwork invigorates archaeologists as they experience the thrills of discovery, travel and camaraderie. While some volunteers create lifelong memories in a single season, many others return year after year to dig deeper into the ancient world and their site. Our annual guide to excavations will help you find your dig.

In the Beginning:Religion at the Dawn of CivilizationBen Witherington III     57
Which came first-villages or religion? Until recently, experts thought they knew the answer: Agriculture and human settlement in villages gave rise to religious practices. But now, an astonishing site in southeastern  Turkey may be turning that theory on its head, revealing that religion was already part of the human experience at the dawn of civilization.