#1635

2018-11-13

Jerusalem Inscription/The Scroll vs. The Codex

With Clyde Billington

The cover story of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reports on the discovery of an inscription from 100 BC that mentions Jerusalem. The inscription was found at the west end of modern Jerusalem, near the central bus station. It appears 2,000 years ago this was a small pottery village that served the nearby city of Jerusalem and the pilgrims who visited its temple. We also discuss a column by Larry Hurtado in the November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology Review which reports that it were the early Christians who pioneered a new innovation in writing, the codex, which eventually displaced the scroll. The evidence is overwhelming, and fascinating.

tags: Jerusalem Inscription Dodalos potter village scroll codex Christian writers Scripture

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#1521

2016-04-14

Arad Ostraca and Biblical Literacy

With Walter Kaiser Jr.

This week’s big news in Biblical Archaeology was a new analysis of pottery shards found at the desert fortress of Arad a half century ago, and what they might have to say about literacy and when the Bible was written. Mainline liberal scholars say the evidence shows the Bible could have been written before the Babylonian Exile, not after, as they have believed in recent years. However, evangelicals continue to maintain a much earlier date for the development of widespread literacy and when the Bible was written, in large part based on internal evidence from the Bible itself. That’s the topic of this week’s discussion with Walter Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

tags: Arad Bible Ostraca Literacy

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#1415

2014-02-12

Domestication of Camels

With Todd Bolen

Headlines from the New York Times to Fox News report that archaeologists have determined that camels were domesticated around 930 BC in Israel, and that therefore the camels in the stories of the Genesis patriarchs were an anachronism. But not so fast. There are some holes in their case as identified by Todd Bolen, professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA, and editor of Bibleplaces.com. In this program we also look at a new pottery database that will help archaeologists refine their dating.

tags: Camels Genesis Patriarchs Domestication

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