Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

338 – Easter in the Holyland


As a special Easter treat we have for you, not chocolate eggs or marshmallow bunnies, but a special rebroadcast of Easter in the Holyland featuring Helga Abraham. This program was originally broadcast in 1992, 15 years ago. It features Clarence Wagner, of Bridges for Peace; Fr. Bargil Pixner (who has since passed away), and Fr. Jerome Murphy O’Connor.

We used to receive a regular series of programs on magnetic tape from Israel Broadcasting. We mined them for archaeology information and were able to feature some excellent and informative interviews. The highlights of the year were often the well-produced “Easter in the Holyland” and “Christmas in the Holyland” programs. The programs are no longer produced and it appears as though we failed to save many of them. But we have a few and we’re pleased to share this one with you at this special time of the year.

We also want to salute some of our longest subscribing regular listeners. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde Missouri were the first to subscribe to THE BOOK & THE SPADE program when we first started offering it by subscription. That was probably about 18 years ago, or so. And they are still subscribing. This past Sunday the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly program on PBS had a special report on these ladies and their unique production of gluten-free communion wafers. I visited them about ten years ago and got a tour of their production process from Sister Lucilla. It was a delight to see them covered on national television. I want to thank them for being loyal subscribers and also thank them for their prayers.

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