The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) arrived in my mailbox last month, but I am just now getting around to writing my traditional In the BAR post.
The main focus of this issue was the 40th Anniversary of BAR. There is a great article by Hershel Shanks titled Biblical Archaeology: Whither and Whence. The article discusses the past 40 years with archaeologists Eric and Carol Myers.
Two other articles cover the finding of a first-century house in Nazareth and the protection of our cultural heritage.
Since I have visited Qumran, I though that I would share a few pictures that are related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the picture above you can see the opening to one of the caves near Qumran.
You can also see a picture of the most important of the caves where the scrolls were found in my post: Well Below Sea Level
Here is a picture that I took while at the ruins of Qumran. You can see that they would have had a great view of the Dead Sea.
Visiting the museum and ruins at Qumran was very interesting. One of the interesting things was to see a mikveh that is used for ritual purification. You can see the steps that descend down into the water so that a person could be fully immersed.
On my trip to Israel and Palestine I was at two other places that had connections to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The family still owns one of the jars that contained scrolls and it is on display in their shop.
The last picture that I will share is of the Shrine of the Book. The Dead Sea Scrolls are on display inside this structure in Jerusalem. The roof of the shrine is shaped like the lid of a scroll jar. It was very interesting to see the scrolls that were on display. The atmosphere was unique as it was dark and quiet inside as people were viewing the scrolls.
You can see more in my post: Unfolding History
I would encourage you to read this article. The article has some interesting information about the relationship between the scrolls and the New Testament.
Here are the previous In the BAR posts: