#1559

2017-02-22

2017 Excavation Plans, part 2

With John DeLancey

Our annual tradition continues, reviewing some of the most interesting excavations planned for 2017. This year's list includes Kiriath Jearim and Tel Shimron, new excavations, as well as Tel Lachish, Tel es-Safi/Gath, Tel Shiloh, and Bethsaida.

tags: Kiriath Jearim Tel Shimron Tel Lachish Tel es-Safi/Gath Tel Shiloh Bethsaida.

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#1554

2017-01-19

The Library at Herculaneum

With Brent Seales

Professor Seales first got our attention a year and a half ago with the news that he had virtually unrolled a carbonized scroll of Leviticus, excavated in 1970 from a burned synagogue on the Dead Sea shore at Engedi. At the time he took up the Leviticus scroll professor Seales had been at somewhat of a dead end on his efforts to read scrolls from the Villa of the Papyri, excavated a century and a half ago from Herculaneum. The ink on the scrolls was indistinguishable from the burned black papyri. But now professor Seales believes he's found the solution to that problem, and it may well be that this ancient library, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, is once again going to be available to interested readers.

tags: Writing Carbonized papyrus Technology Herculaneum Mt. Vesuvius Scrolls

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#1552

2016-12-08

Lachish Gate Shrine & New IAA Archaeology Campus

With Clyde Billington

A second look at some of the top archaeology stories from the Autumn 2016 issue of ARTIFAX magazine with co-editor Clyde Billington. On this program we discuss the recently renewed excavations at Lachish and the discovery of a gate shrine which appears to have been permanently desecrated by the installation of a toilet. We also discuss the Israel Antiquities Authority's new archaeology campus in Jerusalem, as well as the reopening of the restored Mamertine Prison in Rome, where Peter and Paul may have been held.

tags: Lachish Gate Shrine Israel Antiquities Authority Mamertine Rome

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#1521

2016-04-14

Arad Ostraca and Biblical Literacy

With Walter Kaiser Jr.

This week’s big news in Biblical Archaeology was a new analysis of pottery shards found at the desert fortress of Arad a half century ago, and what they might have to say about literacy and when the Bible was written. Mainline liberal scholars say the evidence shows the Bible could have been written before the Babylonian Exile, not after, as they have believed in recent years. However, evangelicals continue to maintain a much earlier date for the development of widespread literacy and when the Bible was written, in large part based on internal evidence from the Bible itself. That’s the topic of this week’s discussion with Walter Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

tags: Arad Bible Ostraca Literacy

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#1515

2016-03-01

Hezekiah's Seal and Iron-Age Farmhouse

With Clyde Billington

In this program we take a look at some of the news digest items from the Winter issue of ARTIFAX magazine that has just been published. The news items involve the discovery of a seal impression from King Hezekiah’s official seal (pictured), as well as the discovery of an Iron Age Farmhouse and a Byzantine monastery at Rosh Ha-‘Ayin (near Tel Aphek where I volunteered on an excavation in 1978), and the discovery of a Canaanite citadel at Nahariya, on the coast north of Akko.

tags: Canaanites Hezekiah Aphek Farmhouse

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