#1712

2020-06-17

The Scroll and the Codex

With Larry Hurtado

Last November, I noticed the passing of Larry Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I recalled a particularly gracious interview that I had with him about ten years ago that I’m finally getting around to replaying now, in his honor. We were talking about news attention given at that time to a mysterious document, a tiny lead book called a codex, which eventually was judged a modern forgery. Larry Hurtado pointed out that it was the early Christians who lead the way in the transition from the scroll to the codex for written material.

tags: Hurtado scroll codex Christians

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#1711

2020-06-10

The Archaeology of Jerusalem's Temple Mount, part 2

With Gabriel Barkay

Israeli archaeology Gabby Barkay calls the Temple Mount the most important archaeological site in Israel. This sensitive holy site, holy to both Jews and Muslims, has never been the site of an archaeological excavation. Nonetheless, an archaeological investigation is underway. It’s called the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In a recent symposium, Barkay, one of Israel’s most distinguished archaeologists, gave the background on how the project came into being and what they are finding.

tags: Temple Mount Archaeology Jerusalem Sifting

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#1710

2020-06-03

The Archaeology of Jerusalem's Temple Mount

With Gabriel Barkay

Israeli archaeology Gabby Barkay calls the Temple Mount the most important archaeological site in Israel. This sensitive holy site, holy to both Jews and Muslims, has never been the site of an archaeological excavation. Nonetheless, an archaeological investigation is underway. It’s called the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In a recent symposium, Barkay, one of Israel’s most distinguished archaeologists, gave the background on how the project came into being and what they are finding.

tags: Temple Mount Archaeology Jerusalem Sifting

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#1709

2020-05-25

The Nazareth Inscription

With Clyde Billington

The Nazareth Inscription is a 2,000-year old text inscribed on a marble tablet that threatens penalties against anyone disturbing bodies in tombs. This strange pronouncement has been described as possible evidence for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. A new analysis offers evidence for the source of the marble but does it tell us anything else about the reason for the text? Professor Billington has devoted considerable time to an analysis of this text and suggests there is an easy explanation for how the marble tablet got from the Aegean island of Kos to Nazareth, where it was apparently discovered by a French antiquities collector almost a century and a half ago.

tags: Nazareth Inscription Louvre Marble Greek Tombs Jesus Resurrection Kos

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#1708

2020-05-19

The First Marathon - Olive and Date Archaeology

With Clyde Billington

Centuries before the famous running messenger who told the tale of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon, another messenger took the tale of a disastrous Israelite defeat at the hands of the Philistines back to the Israelite Temple at Shiloh. The message was just the opposite, but the distance was about the same. And thus, today there is a marathon race in Israel that goes from Tel Aphek, the site of the battle, to Tel Shiloh. In addition to this fascinating story that connects archaeology to sports, we have two more stories that connect archaeological research to two important foods of the region: olives and dates. These stories and more in this week's program, discussing stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine.

tags: Marathan Shiloh Aphek Ebenezer Olives Dates Methusaleh

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