#1713

2020-07-01

The History of Dead Sea Scrolls Scholarship

With Lawrence Schiffman

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been a major story in Biblical Archaeology and Biblical scholarship for over 70 years. New York University and the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority recently held a public conference online with some of the top Dead Sea Scroll scholars and we have received permission to share a portion of the conference. Lawrence Schiffman, professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, offered a history and status report on Dead Sea Scroll studies with a chronological walk through the decades that chronicled how perspectives have changed over the years. 

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Biblical Archaeology Qumran Friends of the IAA New York University

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#1708

2020-05-19

The First Marathon - Olive and Date Archaeology

With Clyde Billington

Centuries before the famous running messenger who told the tale of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon, another messenger took the tale of a disastrous Israelite defeat at the hands of the Philistines back to the Israelite Temple at Shiloh. The message was just the opposite, but the distance was about the same. And thus, today there is a marathon race in Israel that goes from Tel Aphek, the site of the battle, to Tel Shiloh. In addition to this fascinating story that connects archaeology to sports, we have two more stories that connect archaeological research to two important foods of the region: olives and dates. These stories and more in this week's program, discussing stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine.

tags: Marathan Shiloh Aphek Ebenezer Olives Dates Methusaleh

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#1706

2020-05-06

COVID 19 Archaeology Impacts And Hadrian's Gate

With Clyde Billington

No excavations at Tel Dan and a number of other archaeological sites in Israel this summer due to the travel restrictions related to the COVID19 coronavirus. But there are still some excavations holding out hope that they may get into the field in 2020. We discuss both situations plus other impacts of COVID19. Also, from the news digest of the latest issue of our biblical archaeology newsmagazine, ARTIFAX, we discuss the reopening of Hadrian’s Gate in Jerusalem, which is almost 2,000 years old, and the discovery of a large Phoenician iron-smithing installation at Akko from the Persian period.

tags: COVID19 Coronavirus Excavations Hadrian's Gate Akko iron Persians

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#1700

2020-03-19

Digging Up Armageddon, part 2

With Eric Cline

Megiddo is one of the pre-eminent sites of biblical archaeology, a benchmark site for other excavations. George Washington University professor Eric Cline has done something that no other writer has done, excavate an excavation. He has gone back through the papers of the excavation figures–their letters, cables, dig reports, daily summaries, etc.–and provided a chronological account of how the dig progressed. This new book, Digging Up Armageddon, The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press), is a different way of seeing an excavation and the drama is there, through the personalities of the directors and other aspects of the excavation. It’s a behind the scenes look at how history unfolded at a site, the second time, as archaeologists attempted to dig up its secrets. This is the second half of the interview.

tags: Megiddo Eric Cline Armageddon Solomon

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#1699

2020-03-11

Digging Up Armageddon

With Eric Cline

Megiddo is one of the pre-eminent sites of biblical archaeology, a benchmark site for other excavations. George Washington University professor Eric Cline has done something that no other writer has done, excavate an excavation. He has gone back through the papers of the excavation figures–their letters, cables, dig reports, daily summaries, etc.–and provided a chronological account of how the dig progressed. This new book, Digging Up Armageddon, The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press), is a different way of seeing an excavation and the drama is there, through the personalities of the directors and other aspects of the excavation. It’s a behind the scenes look at how history unfolded at a site, the second time, as archaeologists attempted to dig up its secrets.

tags: Megiddo Eric Cline Armageddon Solomon

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