With Scott Stripling
It’s the final season for this excavation, just completed in Israel. We talk with dig director Scott Stripling about the evidence they’ve found which he believes builds a convincing rationale for connecting Khirbet el-Maqatir with the site of Ai, from Joshua 7-8, including the final two socket stones from the city gate.
With Scott Stripling
It's the final season for this excavation, just completed in Israel. We talk with dig director Scott Stripling about the evidence they've found which he believes builds a convincing rationale for connecting Khirbet el-Maqatir with the site of Ai, from Joshua 7-8, including the final two socket stones from the city gate.
With Charles Aling
Charles Aling, chair of the history department at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, was featured in the recent documentary Patterns of Evidence, which investigates the historical evidence for the Exodus of the Bible. The documentary highlights the tensions between the theories for the early date for the Exodus and the late date and other issues related to the historicity of this founding event for two of the world's major religions. We discuss some of the theories presented in the documentary, why Dr. Aling supports the early date for the Exodus, and the issues he has with some of the other presentations in the documentary.
With Avraham Biran and Keith Schoville
After the announcement of the retirement of Prof. Keith Schoville as my program co-host in our previous program, someone asked about some of the more memorable programs we’ve done together. To tell the truth, although we covered some exciting discoveries, having a weekly conversation in a recording studio is not all that exciting. But we did take the show on the road to Israel from time to time. We did three trips together. In 1992 we visited archaeologist Avraham Biran in his office in Jerusalem. Prof. Schoville had excavated with Prof. Biran at Tel Dan for a number of years. After our visit, Biran invited us to meet him at Tel Dan the next day. So we did. And we sat at the gate of the city just as kings and city leaders did in biblical times, as professor Biran explained in further detail. That time together, with one of Israel’s most distinguished archaeologists and national figures, gets my vote for our most memorable program.
With Prof. Daniel Master
Rockets were flying from Gaza aimed at Ashkelon in recent weeks. It’s quiet now and we took the opportunity for an archaeological update from Daniel Master, Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College and currently the field director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, which has been actively uncovering the ancient history of this site since 1985. Ashkelon has a rich history, dating from the Canaanites to the Crusaders. It’s the home of the oldest arched city gate in the world (pictured), the largest dog cemetery in the world, and the Philistine city visited by Samson when he needed to pick up 30 suits of clothes to settle a wager that he lost during his wedding.