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May/June 2016 - Biblical Archaeology Society

From the Garden of Eden to Jesus crucifixion and resurrection, the May/June 2016 issue of Biblical
Archaeology Review has it all! Discover evidence of the Biblical Exodus, examine the stunning Lod
Mosaic, compare the Biblical patriarch Joseph to King Esarhaddon of Assyria, study population
estimates of ancient Jerusalem, learn about the nefarious figure of Lilith, look at time in the Gospel
accounts of Easter, search for the location of Golgothaand much more!
Does archaeological evidence connect with Israels Exodus from Egypta central event in the Bible?
Egyptian artifacts and sites are examined inExodus Evidence: An Egyptologist Looks at Biblical
History. They indicate that the Biblical text does indeed recount accurate memories from the period to
which the Exodus is generally assigned.
A series of stunning mosaic floors dated to around 300 C E. were uncovered in Lod, Israel. Plants, birds,
fish and animals are depicted in the mosaicsbut no human figures. Hershel Shanks considers who
made these mosaics in The Lod MosaicJewish, Christian or Pagan?
Even though he was not the oldest of his brothers, Esarhaddon was named heir apparent of his father
Sennacherib, ruler of the Assyrian empire. But because of his jealous brothers, Esarhaddon had to leave
Nineveh and take refuge elsewhere. The pattern of jealous brothers, exile and eventual success is also
seen in the Biblical story of Joseph. Does one tale inform the other? Eckart Frahm compares the two
in And His Brothers Were Jealous of Him: Surprising Parallels Between Joseph and King
Esarhaddon of Assyria.
Archaeologist Hillel Geva says that population estimates for ancient Jerusalem are too high. See his new
estimates, which begin with people living on no more than a dozen acres, in Ancient Jerusalem: The
Village, the Town, the City by Hershel Shanks.
Who were the original humans that God created in the Garden of Eden: Adam and Eve? Or Adam and
Lilith? Dan Ben-Amos takes a close look at the opening chapters of Genesisand ancient Jewish
mythologyin From Eden to EdnahLilith in the Garden to see whether or not Lilith came
before Eve.
Also included in this issue are the First Person column A Scepter from the Temple? by Hershel
Shanks; the Bible in the News column Of Biblical Proportions by Leonard J. Greenspoon; the
Biblical Views column Its About TimeEaster Time by Ben Witherington III; and the
Archaeological Views column Golgotha: Is the Holy Sepulchre Church Authentic? by Marcel
Serr and Dieter Vieweger. Two reviews are featured as well: Bruce Chilton reviews The Norton
Anthology of World Religions: vol. 1Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism; vol. 2Judaism,
Christianity, Islam (New Y ork, London: W.W. Norton, 2015) edited by Jack Miles, Wendy Doniger,
Donald Lopez Jr. and James Robson (vol. 1), and Jack Miles, David Biale, Lawrence Cunningham and
Jane Dammen McAuliffe (vol. 2); and John D. Currid reviews Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel:
Their Ritual and Symbolic Significance (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015) by Jaime L. Waters.
Visit us online at Bible History Daily to see the latest news in Biblical archaeology, as well as
additional articles and videos about key Bible and archaeology topics. Learn about the serpent in the
Garden of Eden in an exclusive Bible History Daily post, How the Serpent Became Satan, by
Shawna Dolansky. Also, discover what Biblical scholars and archaeologists can teach us about the
Exodus in the free BAS eBook Ancient Israel in Egypt and the Exodus. If you havent tried
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flood story.

Table of Contents
Features
Exodus Evidence: An Egyptologist Looks at Biblical History
The Lod MosaicJewish, Christian or Pagan?
And His Brothers Were Jealous of Him: Surprising Parallels Between Joseph and King
Esarhaddon of Assyria
by Eckart Frahm
Ancient Jerusalem: The Village, the Town, the City
From Eden to EdnahLilith in the Garden
by Dan Ben-Amos
Departments
First Person: A Scepter from the Temple?
By Hershel Shanks
Queries & Comments
Strata
Ancient Apiary on Display
In History
The Bible in the News
by Leonard J. Greenspoon
Milestone
What Is It?
How Many?
In Their Own Words
Notes of KJ Bible Translation
Egyptian Archaeologists Fight, Too
Exhibit Watch
Cartoon Caption Contest
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Its About TimeEaster Time


By Ben Witherington III
Archaeological Views
Golgotha: Is the Holy Sepulchre Church Authentic?
By Marcel Serr and Dieter Vieweger
ReViews
The Norton Anthology of World Religions Edited by Jack Miles, Wendy Doniger, Donald Lopez
Jr. and James Robson (vol. 1); and Jack Miles, David Biale, Lawrence Cunningham and
Jane Dammen McAuliffe
Reviewed by Bruce Chilton
Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel by Jaime L. Waters
Reviewed by John D. Currid
Authors
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