With John DeLancey
The 11 caves in which Dead Sea Scroll materials were found more than a half century ago have been joined by one more cave, cave #12. No new scrolls were found, but archaeologists did find evidence of scroll storage jars and related materials left behind by looters who plundered the site decades ago. We discuss this find and several other sites where archaeology is going on this year with John DeLancey, who will be the co-leader of our May 2018 TB&TS Israel Study tour.
With Todd Bolen
It’s a long standing tradition throughout the 33 years of The Book & The Spade that we start the year by looking ahead to the planned institutional excavations. It gives us a platform for discussing what’s happening in biblical archaeology, and what has been happening in the past couple years. In 2016 one long running excavation, at Ashkelon, is coming to a close. But a number of excavations have started just in the last few years so there will continue to be a lot of work to do. And you never know what’s going to turn up.
With Robert Mullins
Abel Beth Maacah has now seen two seasons of excavation and we checked in again with professor Robert Mullins of Azusa Pacific University. Abel Beth Maacah was a border site between Israel and Syria in ancient times, and a small Aramean kingdom before that. Today it sits near the border between Israel and Lebanon. Our discussion included an update on the ancient silver hoard found during last season's dig, as well as the probing of a large pre-Israelite administrative building.
With Clyde Billington
More items from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. We discuss the silver hoard that was found during the first season of excavations at Abel Beth Maacah, near Dan, in northern Israel. We discuss the crown of thorns relic recently placed on display in Paris. And we discuss the recent discovery of a new version of the Noah’s Ark story in which the boat was actually round.
With Todd Bolen
At the beginning of nearly every year we take a couple of programs to preview the planned excavations for the next dig season. This year we start with Abel Beth Maacah, a brand new excavation along the northern border of Israel. My guest is Todd Bolen, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, and editor of BiblePlaces.com. For many years Todd lived in Israel, taught at the college’s Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) program, and visited these sites on a regular basis.