Goliath's Gath 2015

With Aren Maier

The area along the ancient border between the Israelites and the Philistines is one of the areas of particular interest in the field of biblical archaeology right now, and one of the largest sites of the more than half dozen currently under excavation is Tel es-Safi/Gath. Gath was not only the home of Goliath and his giant kin, but also the largest of the cities of the Philistine pentapolis. We first talked with Arean Maier when he was beginning this excavation two decades ago, and it was time for an update on the latest discoveries, including a giant gate from the time of David and Goliath.

tags: Gath Philistines Aren Maier Goliath

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Patterns of Exodus Evidence

With Charles Aling

Charles Aling, chair of the history department at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, was featured in the recent documentary Patterns of Evidence, which investigates the historical evidence for the Exodus of the Bible. The documentary highlights the tensions between the theories for the early date for the Exodus and the late date and other issues related to the historicity of this founding event for two of the world's major religions. We discuss some of the theories presented in the documentary, why Dr. Aling supports the early date for the Exodus, and the issues he has with some of the other presentations in the documentary.

tags: Egypt Exodus Chronology

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Carchemish, Plutonium, and Hebrews

With Prof. Clyde Billington

In this second program on the latest archaeology news from the news digests of ARTIFAX magazine, we discussed new archaeology at Carchemish, the discovery of one of the "Gates of Hell" in Turkey (known as Plutonium), and a computer analysis that provides a solution to the question, "Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews."

tags: Carchemish Plutonium Hierapolis The Apostle Paul The Apostle Luke

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At the Tel Dan Gate

With Avraham Biran and Keith Schoville

After the announcement of the retirement of Prof. Keith Schoville as my program co-host in our previous program, someone asked about some of the more memorable programs we’ve done together. To tell the truth, although we covered some exciting discoveries, having a weekly conversation in a recording studio is not all that exciting. But we did take the show on the road to Israel from time to time. We did three trips together. In 1992 we visited archaeologist Avraham Biran in his office in Jerusalem. Prof. Schoville had excavated with Prof. Biran at Tel Dan for a number of years. After our visit, Biran invited us to meet him at Tel Dan the next day. So we did. And we sat at the gate of the city just as kings and city leaders did in biblical times, as professor Biran explained in further detail. That time together, with one of Israel’s most distinguished archaeologists and national figures, gets my vote for our most memorable program.

tags: Tel Dan Avraham Biran Keith Schoville City Gate

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Gezer Water System, part 2

With Prof. Dan Warner

In recent weeks we’ve covered the excavations around Gezer’s Iron Age gate and the survey excavation that has turned up new Gezer boundary stones. But there is a third excavation currently underway at Gezer, the water system. The Gezer water system is somewhat like those discovered at Hazor, Megiddo, and Beersheva, which we have visited on recent tours. Except that it appears to be much older and much larger. It’s a fascinating excavation. Dan Warner, professor of Old Testament and Archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, is the co-director of the excavation. He fills us in on what’s been revealed in the first seasons of excavation, and what he anticipates in the year ahead.

tags: Gezer Water System Tunnel McAlister Warner

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