With Clyde Billington
Archaeologists found a bronze mask of the Greek/Roman god Pan at the decapolis city of Hippos/Sussita. Who was Pan and how did he relate to the biblical story? That’s one of the topics we discuss in this program, reporting on news digest items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. Other topics include an ancient Christian grave yard found in Saudi Arabia, and a cache of Egyptian seals from in the Negev desert.
With Prof. Daniel Schowalter
Intriguingly, the gospels do not say that Jesus and His disciples went to Caesarea Philippi, but rather the region of Caesarea Philippi. So this Herodian temple being excavated by Carthage College professor Dan Schowalter and his colleagues, just three miles from modern Banias (Caesarea Philippi), is just close enough to squeeze into that story. What has been found at Omrit is quite interesting, including an inscription which mentions the nymph Echo. Professor Schowalter returns to The Book & The Spade to bring us up-to-date on the latest developments, on this excavation which just gets more and more interesting.
With Prof. Keith Schoville
The pace of archaeology is increasing in Turkey, with schools in all regions training new archaeologists. However, there is a concern that archaeaological permits are being taken away from non-Turkish archaeologists. This program accompanies the article I wrote for Christianity Today: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/november/turkey-archaeology.html?start=2.