#1656

2019-04-12

Questioning Moses, part 2

With Douglas Petrovich

Mainstream Bible experts and archaeologists don't believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, despite internal evidence in the Bible (including the words of Jesus himself) that give Moses the credit. Douglas Petrovich, professor of Biblical History and Exegesis at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas, has written a book that addresses the issue. The book is: The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script. In it, Petrovich makes the claim that the innovation of alphabetic language took place in Egypt, amongst the Israelites, in the time of Joseph. And that Moses could easily have written the biblical documents attributed to him.

tags: Egypt Alphabet cuneiform hieroglyphics Hebrew Oldest Writing invention Moses

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#1655

2019-04-03

Questioning Moses

With Douglas Petrovich

Mainstream Bible experts and archaeologists don't believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, despite internal evidence in the Bible (including the words of Jesus himself) that give Moses the credit. Douglas Petrovich, professor of Biblical History and Exegesis at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas, has written a book that addresses the issue. The book is: The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script. In it, Petrovich makes the claim that the innovation of alphabetic language took place in Egypt, amongst the Israelites, in the time of Joseph. And that Moses could easily have written the biblical documents attributed to him.

tags: Egypt Alphabet cuneiform hieroglyphics Hebrew Oldest Writing invention Moses

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#1562

2017-03-14

Dead Sea Scrolls & the Sinai Inscription

With Clyde Billington

Catching up with some of the archaeology stories in the news digests of the latest issue of our ARTIFAX magazine, co-editor Clyde Billington and I discuss some new Dead Sea Scrolls fragments that have been found. That is, they were found in some caves along the western shore of the Dead Sea but not at Qumran, rather further south near Masada, along Wadi Tze’elim. Another discovery in the same cave (known as the Cave of the Skulls) is the Jerusalem Papyrus, which was one of our Top Ten biblical archaeology stories of 2016. This papyrus contains what appears to be the oldest mention of Jerusalem in the Hebrew language, dating to the 7th century B.C. And finally, we discuss the recent proposition put forth by Douglas Petrovich, that the alphabetic Canaanite inscriptions from Wadi el-Hol in Egypt and Serabit el-Khadem in the Sinai were actually written by ancient Hebrews.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Alphabetic Cave of the Skulls Jerusalem Papyrus Serabit el-Khadem Sinai Inscriptions Wadi el-Hol Wadi Tze'elim

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#1431

2014-06-03

Magdala and a Jerusalem Inscription

With Todd Bolen

Two recent articles on important developments in Biblical Archaeology are discussed: a New York Times article on the excavations at Magdala (hometown of Mary Magdalene) and a Biblical Archaeology Review article on the discovery of the oldest alphabetic inscription found in Jerusalem. Todd Bolen, a professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College and editor of Bibleplaces.com, joins me to reflect on these two developments and how they add to our understanding of the biblical world.

tags: Jerusalem Magdala Mary Magdalene Sea of Galilee Inscription Jewish synagogues

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