With Walter Kaiser Jr.
This week’s big news in Biblical Archaeology was a new analysis of pottery shards found at the desert fortress of Arad a half century ago, and what they might have to say about literacy and when the Bible was written. Mainline liberal scholars say the evidence shows the Bible could have been written before the Babylonian Exile, not after, as they have believed in recent years. However, evangelicals continue to maintain a much earlier date for the development of widespread literacy and when the Bible was written, in large part based on internal evidence from the Bible itself. That’s the topic of this week’s discussion with Walter Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
With Prof. Christopher Rollston
One of the world’s leading experts on ancient writing in the Middle East, Christopher Rollston joins us to talk about his new book, Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel, and what it has to say about the Bible and the biblical world.