With Clyde Billington
More discoveries reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reviewed on this program, including the recently announced scarab of Sheshonq, the Egyptian pharaoh who raided through Judah and took all of Solomon’s gold out of the Jerusalem temple. His scarab was found in 2006 at a copper production facility in Jordan. We continue with a discussion of research at another nearby copper facility in Israel at Timna and what has been learned about the men who worked there. We discuss the oldest metal object ever found in the Middle East, an awl at Tel Tsaf, also found several years ago but just recently announced. And finally, the discovery of an ivory game board at an area of the Tel Gezer excavation that’s been dubbed “Solomon’s casino.”
With Todd Bolen
Two major recent discoveries discussed on this program, a house connected to “Elisha” excavated at Tel Rehov in the Jordan River Valley, and the base of the Roman Legion in the Galilee, excavated near Megiddo. Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com joins me to discuss these discoveries and their significance for Biblical Archaeology.
With Avraham Biran and Keith Schoville
After the announcement of the retirement of Prof. Keith Schoville as my program co-host in our previous program, someone asked about some of the more memorable programs we’ve done together. To tell the truth, although we covered some exciting discoveries, having a weekly conversation in a recording studio is not all that exciting. But we did take the show on the road to Israel from time to time. We did three trips together. In 1992 we visited archaeologist Avraham Biran in his office in Jerusalem. Prof. Schoville had excavated with Prof. Biran at Tel Dan for a number of years. After our visit, Biran invited us to meet him at Tel Dan the next day. So we did. And we sat at the gate of the city just as kings and city leaders did in biblical times, as professor Biran explained in further detail. That time together, with one of Israel’s most distinguished archaeologists and national figures, gets my vote for our most memorable program.