Robert Jehu Bull, A Remembrance

by Jane DeRose Evans Temple University Bob’s car carried the license plate “Jehu” – which was, of course, his middle name, but also referred (as he told me while looking at me sideways) to Jehu, “who drives furiously.” Near to the first time I met him, this moment summarizes Bob so well: learned to a […]

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Remembering Martin Bernal

Remembering Martin Bernal by Alex Joffe* Buried deep in the footnotes of Martin Bernal’s first volume of Black Athena is a reference to an undergraduate paper about the Sea Peoples. I no longer have a copy of that paper, nor do I remember what I wrote back in 1980. But as someone who took several […]

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April Theme: Fakes, Looting, and Artifacts Lacking Context

The ASOR Blog (asorblog.org) is pleased to announce a new “theme” for the month of April—Unprovenanced Artifacts and Possible Forgeries. The ASOR Blog will continue to post other items of interest that are submitted by the ASOR Staff and ASOR Members, but (just like we did in March) we will solicit posts on the “theme” […]

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ASOR Funding for Regional Lectures

Exciting New Funding Opportunity from ASOR The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) has recently decided to allocate funds in support of members who are organizing lectures and events throughout the year. The decision is prompted by an interest in increasing ASOR presence in events throughout the year and in promoting ASOR’s mission of public […]

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The Response of the Israel Antiquities Authority to the Verdict by the Jerusalem District Court in the Matter of the Forgeries Trial

This morning (Wednesday, March 14) the verdict was published in the prosecution’s case—the State of Israel vs. Oded Golan, Robert Deutsch, et alia—Criminal Case 482/04. [This post is taken from the IAA website and re-posted on the ASOR Blog] In response to the decision by Judge Aharon Farkash of the Jerusalem District Court, the Israel […]

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Eric Meyers’ reaction to the verdict in the forgery trial in Israel

Reaction to Golan Acquittal, Professor Eric M. Meyers, Duke University The verdict announced today, March 14, by Judge Aharon Farkash in Jerusalem, acquitting Oded Golan and Robert Deustch of all major charges comes as no surprise. The James ossuary first came into public view some ten years ago in Toronto when a special exhibition was […]

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NEA issue (from 2006) that discusses Talpiot Tomb available for free for a limited time

ASOR is pleased to announce that it has made an issue of Near Eastern Archaeology (NEA 69:3/4 [2006]) available for free on JSTOR for the next month. This issue of NEA contains articles by leading scholars that examine the hypothesis that a Talpiot Tomb belonged to Jesus’ family. The issue contains articles by Eric M. […]

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The Talpiyot Unguentarium

Dr. Joan E. Taylor, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London It is easy to feel in this quest to identify the picture of a ‘whale’ a sense that we are all staring at the same ink-blot and seeing different things. The architectural edifice/tower/tomb monument theory does not quite work, because there are […]

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Comments from Prof. Steven Fine on the “Jesus Discovery”

I was a member of a team assembled last summer by a major media outlet to evaluate this project. Sitting in a stately conference room, Mr. Jacobovici, Professor Tabor and Professor Charlesworth presented their discoveries for the consideration of an internationally renowned group of scholars. The members of the evaluating team then offered our professional […]

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Prof. Robin Jensen Refutes Any Claim that She Concurs with the Interpretation in “The Jesus Discovery”

From Prof. Robin Jensen, Vanderbilt University In December, 2010, I was asked to participate in a National Geographic film project that—I was led to believe—would investigate the image of Jonah in early Christian art. I was asked to fly to Rome in January in order to be filmed in the catacombs and comment on the […]

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On ‘Absalom’s Tomb’ in Jerusalem and Nephesh Monument Iconography: A Response to Jacobovici and Tabor by Robert Cargill

By: Robert R. Cargill (robert-cargill@uiowa.edu) Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies, The University of Iowa (more…)

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Jodi Magness responds to the “New Jesus Discovery”

Professor Jodi Magness Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill As usual, the arrival of the Easter season this year is heralded by a sensational archaeological claim relating to Jesus. In March 2007, we learned from a TV documentary and accompanying book that the tomb of Jesus and his family had […]

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Eric Meyers’ review of “The New Jesus Discovery”

Review of “The New Jesus Discovery” (Simon and Schuster 2012, ISBN 978-1-4516-5040-2) Eric M.Meyers, Duke University For nearly two millennia Christians have venerated the site believed to be where Jesus was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built at a place where liturgical celebrations were held in honor of Christ’s death and resurrection, […]

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Brief Reflections of an Epigrapher on Talpiyot Tombs A and B

Professor Christopher A. Rollston, Emmanuel Christian Seminary Much can, and no doubt will, be said about the proposal (and new volume) of Professor James Tabor and Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici that Jesus of Nazareth was married to a woman of Magdala named Mary, that they had a son named “Judas” and that their tomb has been […]

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Meyers and Rollston are guest editors for ASOR’s coverage of the “New Jesus Discovery”

Professors Eric Meyers and Christopher Rollston will be the guest editors of the ASOR Blog for the month of March. ASOR plans to invite scholars in ASOR and the field to react to the proposals made by Professor James Tabor and Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici in their new book, The New Jesus Discovery. The ASOR Blog […]

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ASOR Announces Search for ASOR Treasurer

Announcing a Call for nominations for the position of Treasurer of ASOR. This position will commence upon election and run through December 2015. A complete description of the position may be found at Article IV, Section 9 of the ASOR bylaws (http://www.asor.org/about/bylaws.html). Importantly and essentially, we are seeking someone who is either a CPA or has […]

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ASOR announces search for ASOR Vice President

Announcing a Call for Nominations for the newly created Office of ASOR Vice President. This position is elected by the ASOR Board of Trustees and will serve until January 2014. It is assumed that the Vice President will be promoted to the position of ASOR President in January 2014, for a three-year term. The Vice President’s primary responsibilities will […]

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BASOR 363 (August 2011) available online for subscribers

ASOR is pleased to announce that BASOR 363 (August 2011) has been posted online at Atypon Link. This issue (and 4 years of back issues) is available to BASOR online subscribers and members who have chosen an online subscription as part of their membership. You may access the table of contents for free here (members […]

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16th Annual Graduate Symposium–call for papers

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations’ Graduate Students Association (University of Toronto) presents… The 16th Annual Graduate Symposium—Open Call for Papers Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the Midst of Revolution March 5-6, 2012 Deadline: January 9, 2012 http://sites.google.com/site/nmcgsagradsymposium/ The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students Association of the University of Toronto […]

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ASOR annual meeting supersaver rates end Sept 23

ASOR’s annual meeting supersaver rates end at midnight on Friday, September 23 when most registration fees will increase $30. Please register for the annual meeting by following the link on the ASOR home page (www.asor.org). ASOR has secured additional rooms over the annual meeting dates at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. Please book your room […]

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