With Clyde Billington
Catching up with some of the archaeology stories in the news digests of the latest issue of our ARTIFAX magazine, co-editor Clyde Billington and I discuss some new Dead Sea Scrolls fragments that have been found. That is, they were found in some caves along the western shore of the Dead Sea but not at Qumran, rather further south near Masada, along Wadi Tze’elim. Another discovery in the same cave (known as the Cave of the Skulls) is the Jerusalem Papyrus, which was one of our Top Ten biblical archaeology stories of 2016. This papyrus contains what appears to be the oldest mention of Jerusalem in the Hebrew language, dating to the 7th century B.C. And finally, we discuss the recent proposition put forth by Douglas Petrovich, that the alphabetic Canaanite inscriptions from Wadi el-Hol in Egypt and Serabit el-Khadem in the Sinai were actually written by ancient Hebrews.
With Randall Price
Another cave has been discovered, connected to the Dead Sea Scrolls. This cave was excavated by archaeologists and volunteers in January 2017. One of the leaders of the excavation was Randall Price, a professor at Liberty University.
With John DeLancey
The 11 caves in which Dead Sea Scroll materials were found more than a half century ago have been joined by one more cave, cave #12. No new scrolls were found, but archaeologists did find evidence of scroll storage jars and related materials left behind by looters who plundered the site decades ago. We discuss this find and several other sites where archaeology is going on this year with John DeLancey, who will be the co-leader of our May 2018 TB&TS Israel Study tour.
With Prof. Jodi Magness
Jodi Magness, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks about her new book, Stones and Dung, Oil and Spit, published by Eerdmans. The book is subtitled Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus and is an outgrowth of her studies of the Qumran community, among other things.