With Clyde Billington
It’s catch-up time once again on The Book & The Spade as we review items from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine that haven’t been discussed on the radio program yet. Professor Billington, my ARTIFAX co-editor, discusses a large Late Bronze temple excavated this past year at Tel Burna in the Shephelah region. Then we discuss new information on animal sacrifices at the Early Bronze Age temple being excavated at Megiddo, “the most monumental single structure uncovered so far from the Early Bronze Age in the Levant.” And finally, a few words about the most exciting excavation currently underway, the excavation of a massive tomb in northern Greece from the time of Alexander the Great.
With Clyde Billington
The latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine is out and we need to catch up on some news items with my co-editor, professor Clyde Billington. The cover story covers the discovery of a unique Egyptian style coffin found in the Jezreel Valley. We also discuss a new geological perspective on the authenticity of the controversial James Ossuary, the bone box that may have held the earthly remains of Jesus’ brother. Our final news item concerns some discoveries made along side the road in two locations in Israel’s Shephelah, including a 6,000 year-old temple.
With Todd Bolen
One of the big announcements of the summer, the excavation of what has been called a palace of King David at Khirbet Qeiyafa, overlooking the Valley of Elah. We discuss the significance of this discovery with Todd Bolen, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, and editor of BiblePlaces.com.
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.
With Prof. Dana Harris
Dana Harris teaches New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, yet she excavated at an Old Testament site this past summer, Khirbet Qeiyafa. Khirbet Qeiyafa overlooks the Elah Valley, where David and Goliath had their confrontation. On this program she explains why she ended up where she did, the importance of connecting archaeology with textual studies, and the similarities between archaeology and textual studies.