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Dead Sea Scrolls

The Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta

Robin Gallaher Branch of Crichton College reports on the 2011 Society of Biblical Literature conference. Read an insider’s view of the latest in Biblical scholarship along with charming reflections of the conference’s host city, Atlanta.

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Why They Matter

Explore a short history, timeline, profiles, detailed descriptions and an essay on the significance of the Scrolls.

Turkish Travels

Sarah’s Turkish Travels

Join BAS Travel Study Director and Managing Web Editor Sarah Yeomans as she travels to Turkey, a land of legend and Biblical history, for the first time.

Doing Egypt Right

Doing Egypt Right—With a BAS Tour

See the glories of one of the world’s great civilizations and its stupendous architectural and artistic achievements in the space of a few days.

An Easter Discussion

Twenty-Four Hours That Changed the World Forever: An Easter Discussion

Some of the most important events in Jesus’ life—and in history—took place within a period of less than 24 hours. In honor of Easter, BAR explores Jesus’ last day—and asks you to join the conversation! Share your thoughts here on the events so central to Christianity and world history.

Where Was Jesus Born

Where Was Jesus Born? (And When?)

Psst. There’s something you should know about Christmas. The Christmas carols, we’re afraid, might have it wrong: Jesus, many New Testament scholars believe, was not born in Bethlehem but Nazareth.

Garden District

The Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans

Robin Gallaher Branch of Crichton College reports on the 2009 Society of Biblical Literature conference. Read an insider’s view of the latest in Biblical scholarship along with charming reflections of the conference’s host city, New Orleans.

Stellenbosch University

Religion and Theology Conference in South Africa

Join BAR blogger and professor of Biblical Studies Robin Gallaher Branch in South Africa as she explores religion and theology in the southern hemisphere. Dr. Branch invites us to be her guests at the Joint Conference of Academic Societies in the Fields of Religion and Theology, which was held June 22–26, 2009 at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

2008 Boston Society of Biblical Literature Meeting

A Blog on the 2008 Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Boston, MA

The 2008 Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature took place in Boston, MA, November 21-25, 2008. Robin Gallaher Branch, Professor of Biblical Studies at Crichton College, reports.

2008 International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting

A First-Hand Report from the 2008 International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting

The 2008 International Congress of the Society of Biblical Literature opened Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2008, at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. Robin Gallaher Branch, Professor of Biblical Studies at Crichton College, reports.

Herod's Tomb

Herod’s Tomb Found

Thirty-five years after he first began excavating the site of Herodium, archaeologist Ehud Netzer, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has finally found what he’s been looking for—the tomb of Herod the Great, the murderous king who ruled Judea on behalf of Rome from 37 to 4 B.C.

Oldest Church

Oldest Church Found?

Excavators in Rihab, northern Jordan, say they have uncovered a cave underneath a third-century church that they believe was used by the very first Christians. Read news stories, watch a television interview with Hershel Shanks and read detailed responses from critics.

Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth

Many of us are at least somewhat familiar with the story of Ruth, but we may not be aware that this short book contains many of the themes important to the Hebrew Bible as a whole. We’ve selected two articles that will help you deepen your appreciation of this beautiful Biblical tale.

Pietro Della Valle

Il Fantastico: The Strange Pilgrimage of Pietro Della Valle

When his wife died on their extended honeymoon, he enbalmed her in camphor and kept her body with him for five more years until he completed his travels. Read about the wild adventures of Pietro della Valle.

Temple Mount Destruction

Temple Mount Destruction

Read an exclusive eyewitness report and the report of a follow-up visit, view photos and videos, read Hershel Shanks’ op-ed, and browse worldwide media coverage of this ongoing destruction.