This evening when I arrived home and checked the mail I found the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) in my mailbox.
Of course, I eagerly scanned the contents to see what interesting articles it contained.
It also means that I get to write the latest post in my In the BAR series. This one is number five.
Here are the links to the previous posts:
The cover of BAR has a fantastic aerial photo of Masada and the lead article is The Masada Siege — From the Roman Viewpoint by Gwyn Davies. I am looking forward to reading the article.
When I was in Israel two years ago, one of the places we visited was Masada. Here is a view from the top. In this view you can see the remains of the largest Roman camp. In the article there is a great illustration of the Fortress and Siege-Works and the camp shown is Camp F. The camp is divided into F1 and F2 in the illustration.
The history of the Siege of Masada is very interesting, and this article will add to my knowledge of the event.
One of my bucket list items was to climb the Snake Trail at Masada. This tortuous path rises over 400 meters to the top of Masada. For more about our trip to Masada you can visit: Well Below Sea Level
The picture above was taken at Qumran and shows some of the ruins of the Qumran settlement.
I also used this picture in my Well Below Sea Level post. This is Cave 4 at Qumran and is where a large number of scrolls were found.
A quick scan of the article reveals that it looks at textual variants, so it should be an interesting read.
My friend Barry is just finishing his tour of Israel and visited both Masada and Qumran on his trip. You can read more about his tour at: Exploring Bible Lands
I hope you enjoyed this look at the current issue of BAR. I am now ready to read the articles 🙂