#1624

2018-08-08

Who Is This Biblical King?

With Clyde Billington

On the cover of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the photograph of the head off of a small statue that is believed to depict a king from the 9th century BC. But is it a king of Israel, Aram, Phoenicia, or somewhere else? This faience face was excavated in 2017 at Abel Beth Maacah, a border town down through much of history, as it is today, located between Israel and Lebanon. It is now on display at the Israel Museum. On this program we also discuss more of the news coverage featured in the latest ARTIFAX issue, in particular excavations at the two sites vying to be the biblical Bethsaida, home of three of the Apostles. Excavations continued this summer at et-Tell and El-Araj, the two sites, and first century A.D. remains were found at both locations. Excavations will continue again next year in an attempt to solve this biblical mystery.

tags: Bethsaida et-Tell Abel Beth Maacah Israel el-Araj Statue Aram Phoenicia King faience face

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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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#1342

2012-08-08

Gezer Boundary Stones, part 2

With Prof. Eric Mitchell

Survey archaeology catalogs the surface features around an archaeological site. In order to understand the context of a site, surveys are key. Such is the case at Tel Gezer, an important biblical site that was first excavated over a century ago. Now there are excavations going on in the Gezer water system, and around the Iron Age gate, and there’s a detailed survey around Gezer. In this program we continue a discussion with Prof. Eric Mitchell, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, about how survey archaeology is done and what they found at Tel Gezer this summer.

tags: Gezer Boundary Stone Survey Archaeology

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#1341

2012-08-01

Gezer Boundary Stones

With Prof. Eric Mitchell

Survey archaeology catalogs the surface features around an archaeological site. In order to understand the context of a site, surveys are key. Such is the case at Tel Gezer, an important biblical site that was first excavated over a century ago. Now there are excavations going on in the Gezer water system, and around the Iron Age gate, and there’s a detailed survey around Gezer. In this program we begin a discussion with Prof. Eric Mitchell, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, about how survey archaeology is done and what they found at Tel Gezer this summer.

tags: Gezer Boundary Stone Survey Archaeology

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#1186

2009-08-02

Lod Mosaic resurfaces

With Co-host Keith Schoville

Lod mosaic finally uncovered, new mosaic museum opens

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