#1716

2020-07-22

Lipscomb University's New Archaeology Program

With Steve Ortiz

Following up on last week’s program, another first hand account of the launching of a new #biblicalarchaeology program at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Steve Ortiz and colleague Tom Davis faced the dismantling of the Tandy School of Archaeology at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth last March. But then a remarkable thing happened. As we reported last week, Mark Lanier went to work on creating a new place for them at his alma mater, Lipscomb. Steve relates the story from his perspective on the creation of the Lanier School of Archaeology. He also gives an update on his latest field work. After closing out the excavation at Gezer three years ago, he has joined the excavation at Tel Burna.

tags: Mark Lanier Lanier Theological Library Lanier Center for Archaeology Lipscomb University Steve Ortiz Tom Davis Tandy School of Archaeology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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#1715

2020-07-15

The Lanier Theological Library and Lipscomb University

With Mark Lanier

Even though biblical archaeology fieldwork is mostly nonexistent this summer, there is news in the world of biblical archaeology. The news concerns an archeology program that was killed at one school, and resurrected at another. One of the key characters in this drama is Mark Lanier, a Houston attorney and founder of the Lanier Theological Library. The library has over 100,000 volumes, as well as a number of ancient artifacts. When Mark found out that Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary was pulling the plug on the Tandy School of Archaeology, he started maneuvering to get the two top archaeologists, Steve Ortiz and Tom Davis, hired at his alma mater, Lipscomb University in Nashville. Accreditation is now being sought for the new Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb.

tags: Mark Lanier Lanier Theological Library Lanier Center for Archaeology Lipscomb University Steve Ortiz Tom Davis Tandy School of Archaeology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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#1700

2020-03-19

Digging Up Armageddon, part 2

With Eric Cline

Megiddo is one of the pre-eminent sites of biblical archaeology, a benchmark site for other excavations. George Washington University professor Eric Cline has done something that no other writer has done, excavate an excavation. He has gone back through the papers of the excavation figures–their letters, cables, dig reports, daily summaries, etc.–and provided a chronological account of how the dig progressed. This new book, Digging Up Armageddon, The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press), is a different way of seeing an excavation and the drama is there, through the personalities of the directors and other aspects of the excavation. It’s a behind the scenes look at how history unfolded at a site, the second time, as archaeologists attempted to dig up its secrets. This is the second half of the interview.

tags: Megiddo Eric Cline Armageddon Solomon

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#1699

2020-03-11

Digging Up Armageddon

With Eric Cline

Megiddo is one of the pre-eminent sites of biblical archaeology, a benchmark site for other excavations. George Washington University professor Eric Cline has done something that no other writer has done, excavate an excavation. He has gone back through the papers of the excavation figures–their letters, cables, dig reports, daily summaries, etc.–and provided a chronological account of how the dig progressed. This new book, Digging Up Armageddon, The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press), is a different way of seeing an excavation and the drama is there, through the personalities of the directors and other aspects of the excavation. It’s a behind the scenes look at how history unfolded at a site, the second time, as archaeologists attempted to dig up its secrets.

tags: Megiddo Eric Cline Armageddon Solomon

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#1697

2020-03-04

Assyrian Rock Reliefs, Pilgrim Road News

With Clyde Billington

Assyrian rock reliefs, carved into a rocky cliff along an ancient canal in Kurdistan, are the cover story in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. This canal may have been dug by Israelite slave labor. We discuss the biblical significance of this discovery. We also discuss a recent discovery made in connection with the excavation of the Pilgrim’s Road, between the Pool of Siloam and the Temple Mount. A measuring table device used by an agoranomos to calibrate liquid measurement in the market place is an unusual looking artifact. And we discuss an Israelite name written on a piece of pottery found at Abel Beth Maacah, which indicates this border town belonged to the Israelites around 900 BC.

tags: Assyrian rock reliefs Kurdistan Pilgrim's Road Pool of Siloam Temple Mount Agoranomos Abel Beth Maacah

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