#1712

2020-06-17

The Scroll and the Codex

With Larry Hurtado

Last November, I noticed the passing of Larry Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I recalled a particularly gracious interview that I had with him about ten years ago that I’m finally getting around to replaying now, in his honor. We were talking about news attention given at that time to a mysterious document, a tiny lead book called a codex, which eventually was judged a modern forgery. Larry Hurtado pointed out that it was the early Christians who lead the way in the transition from the scroll to the codex for written material.

tags: Hurtado scroll codex Christians

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#1688

2019-11-26

A Week in the Life of a Slave, part 2

With John Byron

A Week in the Life of a Slave is the latest release in the IVP Week in the Life series, historical fiction written by biblical scholars packed full of information about biblical archaeology and other biblical research. We talk with author John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary about the ubiquitous slaves of the first century Roman world. This is the second half of that interview

tags: Colossae Onesimus slave Philemon Zoilos Aphrodisias

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#1687

2019-11-20

A Week in the Life of a Slave

With John Byron

A Week in the Life of a Slave is the latest release in the IVP Week in the Life series, historical fiction written by biblical scholars packed full of information about biblical archaeology and other biblical research. We talk with author John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary about the ubiquitous slaves of the first century Roman world. Jesus talked about slaves in his parables. They were a part of life in the first century. Byron’s book attempts to fill in some of the missing elements in the biblical book of Philemon, a short epistle written by the Apostle Paul.

tags: Colossae Onesimus slave Philemon Zoilos Aphrodisias

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#1686

2019-11-12

Hippos Sussita Mosaics

With Clyde Billington

Hippos/Sussita, one of the New Testament cities of the decapolis, is the home to at least a half dozen Byzantine churches which have been, or are being, excavated. The latest report from these excavations concerned beautiful mosaics found in one of the churches. The mosaics, among other things, portray Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000, which occurred (somewhere) nearby. We discuss this discovery and others that have been reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine, including a beautiful staircase at Hazor which is believed to lead to a plaza and a palace. Then there's the Goliath Wall at Gath, a massive city wall from the time of David and Goliath that is twice as thick as the later walls that were excavated on top of it. And finally, year-round excavations have begun at Assos, a city along the coast of western Turkey that was visited by the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:13). Archaeologists have been working here for 38 years, but are now picking up the pace, to make the site more interesting to visitors.

tags: Gath Mosaics Hippos Sussita Byzantine Churches Hazor Goliath Feeding 5000 Wal Assos staircase

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#1679

2019-09-24

Jesus and the Synagogue

With Jordan Ryan

The synagogue is a significant part of Jesus' ministry, as recounted in the Gospels. And so little is known about the beginnings of the synagogue, that the Gospel accounts are actually a major resource for such studies. Wheaton College professor Jordan Ryan, author of The Role of the Synagogue in the Aims of Jesus (Fortress Press, 2017), has excavated at Magdala, where one of the most recently discovered first century synagogues was discovered, and has extensively studied the history of the synagogue. In addition to this 3-part interview, Ryan will be speaking in Madison on Saturday, October 19, 2019, International Archaeology Day. His talk is at 7pm at Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall #200, on the University of Wisconsin campus. Presented by the Madison Biblical Archaeology Society and Upper House. More information and registration here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-synagogue-in-the-new-testament-a-new-frontier-in-biblical-archeology-tickets-66677503207

tags: Nazareth Synagogue Magdala Jesus

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