Thursday, March 02, 2006

Biblical Archaeology Review: Back Issue Set

As a grad student in biblical history, I recognized the reference value of Biblical Archaeology Review and began a subscription and collecting back issues. It took me about a decade to get them all (the 70s are rare), but I finally succeeded. I had them all bound (not cheap), and then they came out with all the issues on CD. The advantages of having the articles on computer are obvious, but the printed editions with their large, beautiful pictures still are useful. Now I see a nearly complete set of the first 20 years for sale. The listing, as received from my ABEBooks want list is:
Biblical Archaeology Review (ISSN 0098-9444), Shanks, Hershel (Editor) Biblical Archaeological Society, Hard Cover & Paperback, A set of 17 bound volumes and 14 loose-leaf bi-monthly issues from 1975 to 1995 (vv1-17,20 are bound). Issues 18:1, 4 issues are missing.
Bookseller: International ALERT Academy, Big Sandy, TX
Price: US$ 266.00

View or Order this Book:
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/ListingDetails?bi=662079020&cm_la=want
I paid much more than that just to have my issues bound. Some issues cost me $10 each. Of course if you're going to be moving back and forth across the ocean, the CD is preferable!

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5 Comments:

  • Does the CD not have the color pictures?

    By Blogger Bill Combs, at Thu Mar 02, 07:31:00 PM  

  • The CD has small, low-resolution pictures. They suffice to give you the idea but aren't as impressive as the full-page shots in the printed edition.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Fri Mar 03, 04:45:00 AM  

  • That's too bad. I had thought about the CD as way of getting around scanning the pictures in from the magazine. Guess that is out now.

    By Blogger Bill Combs, at Fri Mar 03, 09:03:00 AM  

  • Todd, does the CD allow you to search ads, or just articles?

    Here's a test: Try searching for "LACHISH ANTIQUITIES FOR SALE" or "Donald Brown".

    They originally appeared in the Classified section of the May/June 1981 issue, p. 19.

    I'm also curious if you can search Queries & Comments. Jeffrey Chadwick wrote a good response to Ziony Zevit over the Ai/Bethel location dispute on pp. 20 & 22 of the July/August 1985 issue. Is it searchable on the CD?

    By Anonymous G.M. Grena, at Sat Mar 11, 01:10:00 PM  

  • The BAS Library is also available -and very nicely searchable -online. It does require a paid membership.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Mar 19, 04:03:00 PM  

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