6 First Person: Why Did Judas Identify Jesus With a Kiss?
BAR Accused of Publishing “Defamatory” Ad
David Ussishkin Receives 2014 Percia Schimmel Award
Stolen Stele “:Jesus’ Wife” Update
13 How Many?
13 The Bible in the News
14 What Is It?
16 In History
18 In Their Own Words
20 Exhibit Watch
22 Cartoon Caption Contest
24 BIBLICAL VIEWS: Sacred Meat by Laura Nasrallah
26 ARCHAEOLOGICAL VIEWS:
Biblical Archaeology Through a Victorian Lens by Kevin McGeough
28 Digs 2014: Layers of Meaning
by Noah Wiener
(As an archaeological field season progresses, volunteers transition from heavy labor to meticulous analysis in ancient occupation layers. Learn how archaeologists and volunteers at Tel Kabri on Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast adapt their field methodologies to meet the specific needs of their site. And explore excavation opportunities in 2014 with our annual dig guide.)
36 Buy Low, Sell High: The Marketplace at Ashkelon by Daniel M. Master and Lawrence E. Stager
(Ashkelon was a powerful Philistine city on the Mediterranean coast in the Iron Age. Its merchants crossed the known world buying and selling. Its marketplace reveals the workings of both the local and international economy before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city in 604 B.C.E.
A treasure-trove of artifacts, including imports from Egypt and Greece, enable us to reconstruct the daily lives of both merchants and residents.)
48 Cult Prostitution in Ancient Israel?
by Edward Lipinski
(According to popular belief, cult prostitution was common throughout the ancient world, particularly associated with the fertility rites of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. While some scholars argue that temple prostitution was practiced in ancient Israel, too, perhaps linked with the goddess Asherah,
in fact, neither the Bible nor archaeology provides any clear evidence that
Israelite religion incorporated the sexual rites of Canaanite goddesses.)
57 The Interchange Between Bible & Archaeology
by Nadav Na’aman
(The Bible and archaeology must be studied separately and independently, but in the end, the evidence must be combined and interpreted together. A study of what the Bible says about King David’s palace and the mysterious Millo demonstrates that Eilat Mazm’ has indeed found David’s palace sitting atop
the unusual structure that can now be understood as the Millo.)
62 REVIEWS: 12 WORLDWIDE