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Biblical Archaeology Review Archive (1975-2016)

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At your fingertips—every issue of Biblical Archaeology Review from 1975 to 2016. Thousands of articles and nearly 15,000 breathtaking photos, maps, drawings, and charts.

Biblical Archaeology Review is a bi-monthly magazine that seeks to connect the academic study of archaeology to a broad general audience seeking to understand the world of the Bible and the Near and Middle East (Syro-Palestine and the Levant). Since its first issue in 1975, Biblical Archaeology Review has covered the latest discoveries and controversies in the archaeology of Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and the surrounding regions as well as the newest scholarly insights into both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The magazine is published by the nondenominational and nonprofit Biblical Archaeology Society and editor Hershel Shanks.

See an extensive review of the initial BAR release.

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Biblical Archaeology Review Archive (1975 - 2016)
• Editor: Hershel Shanks
Publisher: Biblical Archaeology Society

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May 22, 2020  |  6:42 AM   |    Good (4)
The written content is great, as I remember from when I was subscribed to BAR years ago, and at $3 a year (41 years of magazines for $129), it's much cheaper than buying the magazines would have been. However, I only give it 4 stars because of two weak points in the resource.

1. Image resolution is low: those I've checked have all been less than 600 pixels in the greatest dimension, and some images show artifacts of excessive JPEG compression. In a distinct minority of images, e.g., the photo of a 19th century model of Jerusalem, the poor quality makes it no longer a useful illustration. For a resource in the category "Image Rich Tools," this is disappointing. I assume this is because it's so image rich that the file size would be excessive if the images were of a quality like that in the Photo Guides.

2. The other weakness is the lack of citation information: an obvious thing to do with a journal is cite it, but Copy as citation produces something like this: "The oldest city map ...
The written content is great, as I remember from when I was subscribed to BAR years ago, and at $3 a year (41 years of magazines for $129), it's much cheaper than buying the magazines would have been. However, I only give it 4 stars because of two weak points in the resource.

1. Image resolution is low: those I've checked have all been less than 600 pixels in the greatest dimension, and some images show artifacts of excessive JPEG compression. In a distinct minority of images, e.g., the photo of a 19th century model of Jerusalem, the poor quality makes it no longer a useful illustration. For a resource in the category "Image Rich Tools," this is disappointing. I assume this is because it's so image rich that the file size would be excessive if the images were of a quality like that in the Photo Guides.

2. The other weakness is the lack of citation information: an obvious thing to do with a journal is cite it, but Copy as citation produces something like this: "The oldest city map known is of Nippur. This map is written in Sumerian ideographs and Akkadian cuneiform and was found at Nippur in 1900. It probably dates to about 1500 B.C." (James Fleming, “Features.” Biblical Archaeology Review paragraph 22949). Instead of the article title, we get the section title "Features," and there are no page numbers or issue information (year, number).

I am glad to have this resource, but think potential buyers should be aware of these limitations.

Addendum: on June 22, 2020, Mark Allison said this about the images on the forum, "Sadly, that's not something we can fix. These are the best images available from the publisher."
July 7, 2019  |  3:22 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
Simply phenomenal. All I can say is that this lives up to any hype given to it. I purchased this roughly 6-10 months ago, and have barely scratched the surface of the vast information in it, and have already found several "treasures" within it.

The layout is simple and intuitive--a table of contents with every year listed from 1975 to 2016, with subheadings for each issue of the journal within those years. But I appreciate most that BAR pulls up in many searches I conduct in the Research Tab, and that is how I've ended up reading it most of the time.

I was completely unfamiliar with this publication before noticing it as a new Accordance user, but have fallen in love with it. Obviously, there are a variety of viewpoints presented, but even on that note, BAR has many "feedback" articles, and entertains debates between scholars in many of the articles, so that you get multiple views. In other words, not just a one-way bias.

The photos and images I've enjoyed in this in the few months ...
Simply phenomenal. All I can say is that this lives up to any hype given to it. I purchased this roughly 6-10 months ago, and have barely scratched the surface of the vast information in it, and have already found several "treasures" within it.

The layout is simple and intuitive--a table of contents with every year listed from 1975 to 2016, with subheadings for each issue of the journal within those years. But I appreciate most that BAR pulls up in many searches I conduct in the Research Tab, and that is how I've ended up reading it most of the time.

I was completely unfamiliar with this publication before noticing it as a new Accordance user, but have fallen in love with it. Obviously, there are a variety of viewpoints presented, but even on that note, BAR has many "feedback" articles, and entertains debates between scholars in many of the articles, so that you get multiple views. In other words, not just a one-way bias.

The photos and images I've enjoyed in this in the few months I've had it are probably worth the cost all by themselves. If you like archaeology, the Bible, and beautiful images, you will enjoy this.