Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1062 Hebron

Hebron was familiar territory to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as Joshua, Caleb, David and many more Old Testament figures. Outside of Jerusalem, Hebron may well have been the most important Old Testament City. If you go there today you can see the building Herod constructed to shelter the tombs of the patriarchs. And nearby is the ancient city gate where Abraham may have made his purchase of the cave from Ephron the Hittite. Unfortunately not many people go there today because it’s one of the flash points in the ongoing tensions between Jews and Palestinians.

We seldom mention Hebron on THE BOOK & THE SPADE, despite its fascinating history, because very little archaeology has been done there. But Jeffrey Chadwick knows the archaeology as well as almost anyone and he is our guest again for this program.

Take a tour of the Tomb of the Patriarchs at Holyland Photos and/or

About three years ago we did a series of interview with Christopher Moroney of SAVAE, The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble, on their Ancient Echoes CD. The ensemble attempts to replicate the music of the Bible as accurately as possible. One of the songs from their CD is now online as a video, “Tubwayhun L’ahvday Shlama,” which means “Blessed are the peacemakers.” They’re also working on a new musical project, “Yeshua,” on the life of Jesus in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek.


One response

  1. Thanks for another terrific interview! The timing of your observation, though, that “not many people go there today” was somewhat contradicted by David Wilder’s report of attendance during the Succot festival this year.

    October 25, 2006 at 10:27 pm

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