Few academic disputes are fiercer than among biblical archaeologists, and "Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" is bound to raise the tone of the arguments by a few more octaves.
The hour-long NOVA documentary, airing on PBS station KCET on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m., follows an expedition to a remote cave in Israel's Judean Desert, initially excavated by famed soldier and archaeologist Yigael Yadin in 1960.
Indiana Jones battled snakes, boulders and heathens during his archaeological quests, which sounds like great adventure to me.
Readers' Quiz No. 2: Test your knowledge of Middle East terrorism. Simply identify the following incident:
It was one of America's most controversial "victories" against international terrorism: a negotiated settlement with a gang of Arabic-speaking hijackers who were holding American hostages. After military action proved ineffective, a U.S. diplomat in the region decided -- apparently without authorization -- to pay off the hijackers. The hostages were released, but, in the ensuing furor, the diplomat, a Jew, lost his job.