#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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#1362

2012-12-25

Frankincense Returns to Israel

With Matthew Kalman

Journalist Matthew Kalman returns to The Book & The Spade to discuss his latest news scoop, the return of Frankincense in Israel. We talked to Matthew about his interview with Dr. Elaine Soloway, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. She is the botanist who we have discussed several times in recent years for her work in nurturing a 2,000-year old date seed to grow. The date palm tree is now seven years old. But Dr. Soloway has a new project, the first frankincense tree to grow in Israel in 1,500 years.

tags: Matthew Kalman Elaine Soloway Methuselah Date Palm Frankincense Israel Arava

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