#1326

2012-04-18

Hippos/Sussita - a city of the Decapolis

With Prof. Mark Schuler

When we first discussed Hippos/Sussita in the early days of The Book & The Spade, it was a major site just waiting to be excavated by archaeologists. Finally, a dozen years ago, the archaeologists arrived. We have been reporting on exciting discoveries at Hippos/Sussita in the last few years, finally our chance to talk with an archaeologist who has been working there: prof. Mark Schuler of Concordia University in St. Paul. Prof. Schuler is in charge of the excavations in the NE quadrant of this hilltop city overlooking the Sea of Galilee, including one of the eight Byzantine churches that have been identified.

tags: Hippos Sussita Decapolis Byzantine Churches Deaconess

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#1321

2012-03-15

The Fraudulent Antiquities Trial Verdict

With Prof. Mark Schuler

A judge in Jerusalem has finally issued a verdict in the trial of Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch, who were accused of creating fake antiquities and illegally trafficking in antiquities. The case involved the James Ossuary. Prof. Mark Schuler is the Midwest Representative for the American Schools of Oriental Research, the professional organization for archaeologists working in Israel. And also one of the directors of excavations at Hippos/Sussita, a decapolis city overlooking the Sea of Galilee. He offers some thoughts on the verdict and the issues behind the court case.

tags: Fake Antiquities Illegal Trafficking Oded Golan Robert Deutsch Mark Schuler

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#1302

2011-11-03

Gezer Update 2011

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Gezer, an Old Testament site, is an important archaeological benchmark. Excavations all over Israel are connected to Gezer, the work that has gone on there has uncovered important discoveries. But some issues are still unresolved, in particular related to the “Solomonic Gate.” A new excavation directed by Sam Wolff and Steve Ortiz started several years ago. Sam is with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Steve is with Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Then the summer before last an additional excavation began, into the Gezer water system. It’s directed by Dan Warner, of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Tsvika Tsuk of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

tags: Gezer Water System Solomonic Gate Sam Wolff Steve Ortiz William Dever Dan Warner Baptist

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#1298

2011-10-05

The African Memory of Mark, part 3

With Prof. Thomas Oden

Focusing on the early church in Alexandria, and the evidence for Mark's role in its beginning.

tags: Libya Cyrene Mark Africa Alexandria

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#1297

2011-09-27

The African Memory of Mark, part 2

With Prof. Thomas Oden

More on the additional information available on the apostle Mark via African traditions.

tags: Libya Cyrene Mark Africa Alexandria

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