#1701

2020-03-26

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible

With Jeffrey Kloha

This is the first in a series of interviews which I have done for an article for Christianity Today that was just posted online today. Jeffrey Kloha is Chief Curatorial Officer at the Museum of the Bible and the host of an academic symposium that was held at the museum on March 13, 2020, the day that the results of the museum-sponsored investigation into the 16 scroll fragments was released. Jeffrey gives the background on how the scroll items came into the possession of the museum, how the first suspicions were raised about the fragments, and then the investigative process. An embarrassment for the museum, but much praise from academic scholars for the way it was resolved.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Museum of the Bible forgeries fragments

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#1692

2020-01-02

The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority

With Emily Master

Many of the archaeologists we talk with and talk about are connected to the Israel Antiquities Authority, and many of the excavations we discuss are connected to the Israel Antiquities Authority. So when I found out about this organization, I wanted to learn more. As their website says, “The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority is a U.S. based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to raise awareness and provide financial support to the Israel Antiquities Authority through the promotion of archaeological research, initiation of exhibitions outside of Israel, and sponsorship of activities that share the antiquities and heritage of the Holy Land with as many people as possible.”

tags: Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeology

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#1686

2019-11-12

Hippos Sussita Mosaics

With Clyde Billington

Hippos/Sussita, one of the New Testament cities of the decapolis, is the home to at least a half dozen Byzantine churches which have been, or are being, excavated. The latest report from these excavations concerned beautiful mosaics found in one of the churches. The mosaics, among other things, portray Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000, which occurred (somewhere) nearby. We discuss this discovery and others that have been reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine, including a beautiful staircase at Hazor which is believed to lead to a plaza and a palace. Then there's the Goliath Wall at Gath, a massive city wall from the time of David and Goliath that is twice as thick as the later walls that were excavated on top of it. And finally, year-round excavations have begun at Assos, a city along the coast of western Turkey that was visited by the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:13). Archaeologists have been working here for 38 years, but are now picking up the pace, to make the site more interesting to visitors.

tags: Gath Mosaics Hippos Sussita Byzantine Churches Hazor Goliath Feeding 5000 Wal Assos staircase

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#1684

2019-11-01

Finding Emmaus

With Clyde Billington

One of the elusive sites of biblical archaeology is Emmaus, the destination of the two disciples, when they were joined by the resurrected Jesus (Luke 24:13). Several sites have been proposed but now archaeologist Israel Finkelstein believes he has found evidence that supports the site where he is digging, Kiriath Jearim. That's one of the leading stories in our news digest in the latest issue of our biblical archaeology news magazine ARTIFAX, and one of the topics in this week's discussion with prof. Clyde Billington, my co-editor. We also discuss results of investigations into Bronze Age copper mining and smelting at the Arava sites of Timna and Faynan, and what that tells us about the biblical world of three millenia ago, and the accuracy of the biblical account. Tin used in smelting Copper to make Bronze came all the way from England.

tags: Kiriath Jearim Timna Phoenicians Edomites Emmaus Faynan Tin England

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#1681

2019-10-07

Jesus and the Synagogue, part 3

With Jordan Ryan

The synagogue is a significant part of Jesus’ ministry, as recounted in the Gospels. And so little is known about the beginnings of the synagogue, that the Gospel accounts are actually a major resource for such studies. Why did Jesus choose the synagogue for the focus of much of his ministry? That's our topic on this program.

tags: Nazareth Synagogue Magdala Jesus

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