Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1071-1072 Tut Tomb Excavator

Regular visitors to TheBookAndTheSpade, and regular listeners, will notice that the update process has slowed slightly over the holidays. The reason is a combination of factors, including a transition from local release to satellite release on the flagship station (WNWC AM 1190 in Madison). That means that the program formerly heard at 12:15pm Saturdays and 6:45am Sundays on 50kw WNWC 102.5 FM, which was then moved to 12:15pm Saturdays and 7:30am Sundays on 1kw WNWC 1190 AM is now only going to be heard at 11:19am Sundays on WNWC 1190 AM. The station is switching to satellite programming on the weekend, instead of using computerized recorded programming, so it has decided to just take THE BOOK & THE SPADE when it’s offered on their satellite network. The good thing is that it’s still being offered, even if it’s only on AM at a time when a lot of people are going to be in church. But hey, you can listen online any time so that’s not a problem, right?

The current program series features Dr. Donald Brown, probably the only archaeologist still alive who worked on both the excavation of King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and Starkey’s ill-fated excavation of Lachish in Palestine. Ill fated because Starkey was murdered by Arab bandits back in the 1930’s and the excavation came to an abrupt end. The site was not excavated further until the 1970’s, under the direction of Israeli archaeologist David Ussishkin. Our co-host, professor Schoville, worked on that excavation. Lachish was an important city in the Old Testament, ranking second only to Jerusalem in importance during the Judean kingdom period. Reliefs of the siege of Lachish were excavated from the Nineveh palace of Sennarcherib in the 19th century by British archaeologist Austin Henry Layard.

Dr. Brown is 97 years old. He was featured in Biblical Archaeology Review magazine recently, when he donated his archaeological collection to the Living Torah Museum in New York City, one of the museums in the U.S. dedicated to Biblical Archaeology. I think you’ll enjoy hearing this conversation.

Hey, it’s a new year, time for new things. Let’s try something else. Those of you who visit this weblog regularly are invited to log in on the map below, to let us know where you are getting the program. Don’t be shy, we’d like to hear from you.

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