#1576

2017-06-21

Dead Sea Scrolls Documentary

With William F. Albright, Yigael Yadin, John Trever, Roland DeVaux, Peter Flint, Eugene Ulrich

Twenty years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, I produced a 14-minute documentary featuring audio I had collected for my radio program from presentations and interviews. I also included audio from a series of public radio programs produced by University of Wisconsin professor Menahem Mansoor, from tape recordings which he bequeathed to me. These recordings included observations from William F. Albright (whom he had studied under), Yigael Yadin, and Roland DeVaux–key figures in the discovery and excavation of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community. I am presenting this program from The Book & The Spade archives to mark the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Qumran Essenes William F. Albright Yigael Yadin Peter Flint Roland DeVaux Eugene Ulrich

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#1573

2017-05-30

The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70, parat 2

With Sidnie White Crawford

More details on what we have learned after 70 years of Dead Sea Scroll scholarship, about the Jewish communities of 2,000 years ago and the culture that gave us the Christian faith. The scrolls were collected by a religious community believed to be the Essenes, but the scrolls don't all necessarily reflect the Essene community.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Qumran Essenes

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#1572

2017-05-26

The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

With Sidnie White Crawford

It’s been 70 years since the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in a desert cave overlooking the Dead Sea near the ruins of Qumran. The value of that discovery has changed over the years as our understanding of the scrolls has changed. We discuss current perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls with Sidnie White Crawford, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and professor of the Hebrew Bible at the University of Nebraska.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Qumran Essenes

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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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#1394

2013-09-18

Temple Mount Gold Discovery

With Prof. Clyde Billington

Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar recently announced the discovery of two caches of gold at her Ophel area excavations, near the southern steps of the Temple Mount. Anytime gold is discovered it's a good day for archaeology. But the unique dating of this amazing discovery and the menorah pictured on a medallion from the cache suggest to Prof. Clyde Billington an unusual link to another gold treasure cache, taken by the Romans from the Temple Mount in 70 A.D.

tags: Ophel Temple Mount Menorah Gold cache Clyde Billington

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