Remembering Menahem Mansoor

With Keith Schoville

Due to the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Madison Biblical Archaeology Society this week, we are remembering the formative role of the scholar who not only began the society, but also founded the University of Wisconsin Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, and indirectly helped start The Book & The Spade radio program. Professor Menahem Mansoor was the mentor to my longtime co-host, professor Keith Schoville and a distinguished scholar with many important publications. May his memory be a blessing.

tags: Menahem Mansoor

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At the Tel Dan Gate

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.

tags: Tel Dan Avraham Biran Keith Schoville City Gate

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Excavations Plans and Retirement Plans

With Prof. Keith Schoville

In this program we complete our review of excavation plans for 2013, recognize the 30th anniversary of our program, and announce the retirement of Dr. Schoville as co-host on the program.

tags: Tel Jezreel Tel Kabri Tell es Safi/Gath

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2013 Excavation Plans

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Each year, almost since the beginning, we've taken a program or two to review the excavations that are planned for the coming excavation season. It gives us a chance to review some of the top archaeology locations and finds, and also to encourage our listeners to enjoy the same experience we've both enjoyed, being a volunteer on an excavation.

tags: Institutional Excavations

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Magdala and Myra - Pompeii cities

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene on the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee, and Myra, the home of St. Nicholas on the southern coast of Turkey, and both the scene of recent archeology where archaeologists are recovering ancient city features without intervening layers of later remains.

tags: Byzantine Synagogue St. Nicholas Myra Magdala Mary Magdalene

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