Dead Sea Scrolls Online & Damascus Gate Renovation

With Prof. Keith Schoville

A couple of decades ago we spent quite a few of our Book & The Spade programs reporting on how the Dead Sea Scrolls were freed from the control of a handful of scholars and made available to all scholars. Now the Dead Sea Scrolls are even more available, and in much higher resolution, online. So we talk about that on this week’s program, as well as the renovation of one of the main entrances into the Old City of Jerusalem, the Damascus Gate.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Damascus Gate

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Churches of the Holyland

With Tikva Levine

For the Christmas and Hanukkah season we’ve reached into the archives and retrieved a program that came out of our 1994 Book & The Spade Holyland tour. It’s a quick visit to some of the most well known churches in the Holyland, churches at locations associated with the life of Jesus Christ. Our tour guide, archaeologist Tikva Levine, shares information on the historical background of these churches.

tags: Church of the Nativity Bethlehem Church of the Annunciation Nazareth Church of the Holy Sepulchre Church of All Nations

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Archaeology and the Bible

With Prof. Steven Ortiz

The third and final interview in my series of wide ranging discussions with three top evangelical archaeologists to prepare for the Eilat Mazar profile in the November issue of Christianity Today. Steven Ortiz is a professor of archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth TX and co-director of the latest excavations at Tel Gezer. Our discussion focused on the relationship between Biblical Archaeology and the Bible, as well as trends in Biblical Archaeology.

tags: Eilat Mazar Tel Gezer Trends

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Biblical Turkey, part 2

With Prof. Mark Wilson

This second installment of our conversation with Mark Wilson covers some of the sites in central Turkey, between Antioch on the Orontes, modern Antakya, and Antioch of Pisidia. Our conversation includes discussion of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul's hometown, as well as Attalia (Antalya), the current home of Mark Wilson.

tags: Turkey Mark Wilson Attalia Antioch Tarsus Asia Minor Holy Land

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Unconfirmed Traditions

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Some well-known Biblical traditions have no basis in fact. On this program we discuss two of them: the Valley of Gehenna and the rope around the high priests ankle. We also discuss a couple of recent reports of new discoveries that do not seem to be what they were purported to be. And we discuss plans for excavations in the Biblical city of Sidon.

tags: Valley Gehenna rope high priest Caiaphas nails lead codices Sidon

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