Free eBook from Biblical Archaeology Review

BARBiblical Archaeology Review is giving away a copy of their ‘Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries in exchange for your email address. Follow the link and sign up for the BAR daily emails and you will get a link to the book in PDF format, easily read on any platform.  I saved the file right to my Dropbox and opened it on my iPad and opened it with the Kindle Reader, although it will open with many other PDF readers.

The “top ten” articles are drawn from past issues of BAR and are accompanied by a number of illustrations (both B&W and color).  Some of these illustrations are better than others, I presume that the better photographs are from more recent articles (such as the Tel  Dan inscription).  The book is 148 pages, each article is 10-12 pages long. In a few cases, the original sidebars are also included.  Since the articles are from the BAR magazine, they are written for the non-specialist. (This book looks alot like the older “Best of BAR” series.)

As for the list of Top Ten archaeological discoveries, it is mixed list.  The Nag Hammadi library is first on the list, a worthy inclusion. But the book omits the Dead Sea Scrolls.  At first I thought this was because the discoveries were all after 1974 (when the Biblical Archaeological Society was founded), but the Nag Hammadi library was discovered in 1945, the same time as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  I think that the mosaic from Sepphoris on the cover of the book is beautiful, but I am not sure it rates the top ten.

For the cost of your email address, this is good book to download.  Everyone will disagree with about any “top ten” list, at least this one is free.

2 thoughts on “Free eBook from Biblical Archaeology Review

  1. Thank you Phillip for the link to the archaeology review!

    ….And thank you for your many articles that you supply!

    I read several NT translations of the Aramaic Peshitta. I wonder what you think about the Peshitta?

    Ralph

    Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 18:45:55 +0000 To: ralphtaylor@hotmail.co.uk

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    • I think that it is an important, early translation, although I am far from an expert on Syriac. There are five Syriac versions of the NT, the Peshitta is only one of them.The Peshitta is something like the “popular version” of the Syriac Bible. I do not think that it preserves the original text and the Greek is wrong, but it can be used as a witness for reconstructing the original.

      I have an English translation, but cannot read the original well at all.

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