#1534

2016-07-13

Daily Life in Ancient Israel

With Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

There are many mentions of food in the Bible but what was their daily diet like? That's one of the questions that concerns Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, a professor of Hebrew Bible and Archaeology at William Jessup University. We discussed what archaeology has dug up to complement what the Bible tells us about eating habits of the ancient Israelites.

tags: Israel Bible Tel Halif diet recipes food

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#1513

2016-02-17

Remembering Yoram Tsafrir

With Yoram Tsafrir

During a visit to Israel in 2001 I had a chance to talk with archaeologist Yoram Tsafrir at Hebrew University about his excavations at Tel Betshean. Tel Betshean is one of the most interesting stops on our tours: a Roman city — one of the cities of the decapolis in Jesus’ time, when it was known as Scythopolis. It sits in the shadow of a large tel upon which sat the Old Testament city of Betshean, the walls upon which the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung upon after their defeat by the Philistines. Yoram Tsafrir died last November, he was 77. We present this interview from our archives in his memory.

tags: Philistines Decapolis Betshean Scythopolis

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#1435

2014-07-01

The Language Jesus Spoke

With Seth Sanders

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a brief dispute about it, but what language DID Jesus speak? What was the linquistic climate of first century Palestine? To find some answers, we queried Seth Sanders, professor of religion at Trinity College in Hartford CT. Seth is the editor of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions.

tags: Jesus Greek Aramaic Latin Hebrew Linguistics

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#1384

2013-05-29

Carchemish, Plutonium, and Hebrews

With Prof. Clyde Billington

In this second program on the latest archaeology news from the news digests of ARTIFAX magazine, we discussed new archaeology at Carchemish, the discovery of one of the "Gates of Hell" in Turkey (known as Plutonium), and a computer analysis that provides a solution to the question, "Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews."

tags: Carchemish Plutonium Hierapolis The Apostle Paul The Apostle Luke

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#1376

2013-04-04

The History of Writing

With Prof. Alan Millard

This is the second part of our 1988 interview with Professor Alan Millard, who is now emeritus professor of Hebrew and ancient Semitic languages at Liverpool University. The history of writing is an area of special interest for prof. Millard.

tags: Alphabet Writing cuneiform hieroglyphics Byblos

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