#1568

2017-04-25

The Amarna Letters, part 2

With Alice Mandell

More of this conversation with Alice Mandell on the issues the engage archaeologists, Egyptologists, Bible scholars, and others in relation to the Amarna letters and the kingdom states in the Levant prior to the beginning of the Israelite and Judahite kingdoms.

tags: Egypt cuneiform Akhenaten Akkadian Canaan Amarna Letters

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#1567

2017-04-18

The Amarna Letters

With Alice Mandell

Called by one author, "a preface to Biblical History," the Amarna tablets describe the Canaanite world just before the Israelites arrived. These diplomatic messages were sent from Canaanite kings and others to the Pharaoh Akhenaton, describing and complaining about various circumstances. These cuneiform tablets were discovered in Amarna, Egypt, in the late 19th century and are still being discussed and debated by Egyptologists and biblical scholars. In this conversation, Alice Mandell, Assistant Professor of Classical Hebrew Language and Biblical Literature in the University of Wisconsin Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, describes some of the latest discoveries and latest debates about these tablets and the world they describe.

tags: Egypt cuneiform Amarna Letters Akhenaten Akkadian Canaan

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#1479

2015-05-12

The River Chebar and Fatimid Gold

With Clyde Billington

More Biblical Archaeology news from the just-published Spring 2015 issue of ARTIFAX magazine. I'm joined by my co-editor, Clyde Billington, to discuss some intriguing cuneiform tablets now on display at The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, that offer intriguing insights into the Jewish exile in Babylon. One tablet mentions the Chebar River, the only mention of this river outside of the book of Ezekiel. Several other news items cover discoveries made by non-archaeologists in Israel: gold coins in the harbor of Caeseara (pictured), and silver coins in a cave in the Galilee. Those who discovered these treasures did the right thing, by notifying the authorities right away so the finds could be studied in order to reveal all possible information about the time periods they represent.

tags: Alexander the Great Babylonian Exile Cave discovery Cuneiform tablets Gold coins Underwater archaeology

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#1443

2014-08-27

The Stone Rejected by the Builders, and Counting with Tokens

With Clyde Billington

Discussing some of the items in the archaeology news digests in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, Professor Clyde Billington and I discuss the discovery of the Stone Rejected by the Builders in the western wall of the Temple Mount, the stone mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 21:42, quoting Psalm 118:22-23. We also report on the discovery of counting tokens used several millenia after writing and record keeping supposedly transitioned from the use of tokens to cuneiform. The story of the invention of writing is intertwined with the biblical story and the history of Christianity.

tags: Western Wall Herodian stones Cuneiform writing

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#1376

2013-04-04

The History of Writing

With Prof. Alan Millard

This is the second part of our 1988 interview with Professor Alan Millard, who is now emeritus professor of Hebrew and ancient Semitic languages at Liverpool University. The history of writing is an area of special interest for prof. Millard.

tags: Alphabet Writing cuneiform hieroglyphics Byblos

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