Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1029-1030 Anson Rainey and The Sacred Bridge


Anson Rainey is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics at Tel Aviv University and has been involved with Biblical Archaeology and Biblical studies for almost a half century. He’s among the handful of archaeologists that we’ve been privileged to have on the program more than just once or twice. On his latest visit he shared some original insights into facts that support the Biblical scenario of the settlement period at the end of the Bronze Age when the Israelites became a nation in the land of the Canaanites.

In the second half of the interview Anson Rainey shares some comments about his new pride and joy, The Sacred Bridge, Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World. He already has co-author’s credit on the third edition of The MacMillan Bible Atlas, which is an excellent reference book. But The Sacred Bridge is a markedly different book that contains more of the fruits of his lifelong work in the Holy Land. It’s a little bit on the expensive side but our first impression is that the substance inside justifies the price. Give a listen and see what you think.

Here’s an excellent story about volunteering to do archaeology from the Dallas Morning News. (Registration required.)

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