#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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#1581

2017-08-02

Gezer's Ten Seasons (part 2)

With Steve Ortiz

Gezer, the sleeping giant, has yielded many secrets over the past ten years of excavations, although the first few years were not very exciting. But now there's a clear chronology from the Assyrian destruction back to the Merneptah destruction. More background on the Gezer excavation.

tags: Gezer Philistines Solomon Canaanites Israelites Merneptah Pharaoh

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#1580

2017-07-26

Gezer's Tenth Season

With Steve Ortiz

Tel Gezer, a benchmark site in biblical archaeology, has been under excavation for the past ten years by Steve Ortiz and Sam Wolff (co-directors). During this year's final season of excavation, the remains of two adults and one child were found in a destruction layer dated to about 1200BC. In this 2-part interview we talk with Steve Ortiz about the results of their excavation, what they know about those three skeletons, and why Gezer was such a hard city to conquer, for the Israelites, the Egyptians, and the Philistines, who were all in the area at the time.

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#1426

2014-05-01

Visiting Archaeological Sites

With Steve Ortiz & Barry Gittlen

For this program, announcing our 2015 Israel tour, I went to the archives to dig up the report on our visit to the excavations at Tel Mike-Ekron during our 1996 tour. At the end of our 1996 tour, we stopped at the Tel Mikne dig as the archaeologists were beginning the last of their 14 seasons of excavations. We were courteously shown around the site by two experienced archaeologists, Steve Ortiz and Barry Gittlen.

tags: Philistines Tel Mikne Ekron Israel Tour

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