With Steven Fine
We continue our discussion on this amazing first century city that is being uncovered along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee by focusing on the first building that archaeologists excavated, a first century synagogue. Our guest is Steven Fine, professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Professor Fine compares this synagogue to other first century synagogues that have been discovered, and discusses the mysterious carved stone that was found in the very center of this synagogue.
With Todd Bolen
Two recent articles on important developments in Biblical Archaeology are discussed: a New York Times article on the excavations at Magdala (hometown of Mary Magdalene) and a Biblical Archaeology Review article on the discovery of the oldest alphabetic inscription found in Jerusalem. Todd Bolen, a professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College and editor of Bibleplaces.com, joins me to reflect on these two developments and how they add to our understanding of the biblical world.
With Prof. Jodi Magness
The northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee is an area where four early Jewish synagogues are currently in the process of excavation, and two more famous synagogues are located nearby. The newest excavation began last summer at Huqoq, directed by Jodi Magness, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What’s behind all of this attention to Galilee synagogues. Well, Jodi Magness explains the attraction for her. Tune in for a listen, and if you’re interested in volunteering for the excavation, Jodi would be glad to hear from you.