And BAR has done a lot of bizarre things over the years beginning with their idiotic witch-hunt of the so called ‘minimalists’ in the 90’s and continuing through their unimaginable advertising of antiquities authentic and bogus, provenanced and looted. But this one takes the cake.
One overarching question: who cares what Oded Golan thinks about the people who testified in his fraud trial? How is this in any way relevant to the topic of ‘biblical archaeology? Isn’t it really nothing more than BAR puffing itself up and saying ‘see we always knew he would get off’? Shanks is a lawyer. Surely he knows that ‘not guilty’ doesn’t in any respect necessarily mean ‘innocent’.
By publishing such a piece BAR has abandoned all semblance of ‘scholarship’ and become nothing more than a tabloid rag. Next, they’ll doubtless have photos of Bigfoot or UFO sightings over Jerusalem.
If you’re still subscribing to BAR or sending pieces along for inclusion in its pages, I have to say, I don’t understand why.