The Biblical Archaeology Society is proud to announce the winners of our 2009 “Best of BAR” awards for articles appearing in 2007–2008. This year the $1,000 prize is split between two important articles: “To What God? Altars and a House Shrine from Tel Rehov Puzzle Archaeologists” by Amihai Mazar and Nava Panitz-Cohen (BAR 34:04) and “Hadrian’s Hard-Won Victory” by Werner Eck (BAR 33:05).
The selections were made by judges Amy-Jill Levine and Philip J. King. Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity School, Graduate Department of Religion and Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. King, professor emeritus of Biblical studies at Boston College, has extensive experience in archaeology (he participated in eight different excavations) and served as president of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as the Catholic Biblical Association of America.
The judges gave an Honorable Mention to runner-up Lisbeth S. Fried’s, “Why Did Joseph Shave?” from BAR 33:04.
The awards were made possible by the generous support of the Leopold and Clara M. Fellner charitable foundation through its long-time trustee, Frederick L. Simmons.