#1656

2019-04-12

Questioning Moses, part 2

With Douglas Petrovich

Mainstream Bible experts and archaeologists don't believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, despite internal evidence in the Bible (including the words of Jesus himself) that give Moses the credit. Douglas Petrovich, professor of Biblical History and Exegesis at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas, has written a book that addresses the issue. The book is: The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script. In it, Petrovich makes the claim that the innovation of alphabetic language took place in Egypt, amongst the Israelites, in the time of Joseph. And that Moses could easily have written the biblical documents attributed to him.

tags: Egypt Alphabet cuneiform hieroglyphics Hebrew Oldest Writing invention Moses

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#1655

2019-04-03

Questioning Moses

With Douglas Petrovich

Mainstream Bible experts and archaeologists don't believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, despite internal evidence in the Bible (including the words of Jesus himself) that give Moses the credit. Douglas Petrovich, professor of Biblical History and Exegesis at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas, has written a book that addresses the issue. The book is: The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script. In it, Petrovich makes the claim that the innovation of alphabetic language took place in Egypt, amongst the Israelites, in the time of Joseph. And that Moses could easily have written the biblical documents attributed to him.

tags: Egypt Alphabet cuneiform hieroglyphics Hebrew Oldest Writing invention Moses

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#1652

2019-03-13

From Dan to Beersheva

With John DeLancey

The traditional description of all of Israel is, “From Dan to Beersheva.” And on our Israel tour with John DeLancey last March, we visited both locations. Tel Dan is located in northern Israel, next to one of the sources of the Jordan River, and has been excavated for decades with some intriguing results. In particular, we visited the high place at Dan, where Jeroboam, king of Israel, erected a golden calf for his people to worship, so they wouldn’t go to the temple in Jerusalem, in the kingdom of Judah. At Tel Beersheva, we gathered at the gate of the city and reviewed the story of Abraham and the well of dispute recorded in Genesis 21.

tags: Altar Tel Dan Abraham golden calf idol Jeroboam I House of David Tel Beersheva well tamarisk tree horns

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#1650

2019-02-26

A Visit to Tel Gezer

With John DeLancey

John DeLancey was a volunteer at the Bronze Age Gate excavation, which was digging the ancient Canaanite water system among other things. On this program (from last May's Israel tour), John orients us to the site and gives us his personal insights on the archaeology that has taken place at Tel Gezer, one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel.

tags: Water System Tel Gezer pendant Shephelah Via Maris gate

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#1648

2019-02-12

Yahweh Worshiped at Tel Dan

With Clyde Billington

King Jeroboam I of Israel erected golden calf statues at Dan and at Bethel, saying, "Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (I Kings 12:28) The idols were meant to keep people from going to Jerusalem to worship in the temple. But who were the people worshiping when they came to Dan and Bethel? Apparently Yahweh and not pagan Canaanite gods, judging by a new analysis of archaeological finds from years of excavations at Tel Dan. Before that discussion with my colleague, professor Clyde Billington, we reviewed another news item from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our quarterly biblical archaeology magazine: the excavations at Tel Keisan, near Acre, the Persian military base from which King Cambyses II launched an attack on Egypt in 525 BC. Also discussed in this program, the discovery of a tiny beka stone, used for weighing the half-shekel temple tax that was assessed on each Jewish male.

tags: Persians Tel Dan Jezreel Valley golden calf idol Jeroboam I Tel Keisan Cambyses II beka temple tax half shilling

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