With Brent Seales
One year later, we bring our listeners up to date on the latest from University of Kentucky Computer Science professor Brent Seales and his computer program for virtually opening unopenable ancient texts. Further work has been done on the carbonized scroll from Engedi that we discussed a year ago, revealing its total contents are the first two chapters of the Old Testament book of Leviticus. New dating, based on the form of the letters in the text, reveals that this book is as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
With Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
There are many mentions of food in the Bible but what was their daily diet like? That's one of the questions that concerns Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, a professor of Hebrew Bible and Archaeology at William Jessup University. We discussed what archaeology has dug up to complement what the Bible tells us about eating habits of the ancient Israelites.
With Clyde Billington
The latest discoveries at the location of two cities important to the ministry of Jesus, plus an investigation into elephants in the Bible.
With Charles Aling
More from Egyptologist Charles Aling, looking at role-changing clues to the impact of the Exodus. Professor Aling examines three important positions that were often all three held by the high priest of Amun. But after the reign of Amenhotep II -- who may be the pharaoh of the Exodus, going by the Bible's internal chronology -- these positions changed significantly, as if the reigning pharaohs no longer trusted the high priests of Amun. An intriguing suggestion that the Exodus changed the Egyptian ruling class, right up to the reign of Akhenaten.