Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1107 – Tour Highlights (1992)


On this program Professor Schoville and I revisit one of the most exciting moments of our Book & the Spade tours, our 1992 visit to Tel Dan with Avraham Biran, one of Israel’s most distinguished archaeologists. We ended up sitting at the city gate as Professor Biran explained the importance of the city gate in the history of ancient Biblical cities.

Professor Schoville worked with Biran at Dan for a several years. Through Biran we have a direct connection to some of the most distinguished names in Biblical Archaeology, such as William F. Albright, Nelson Glueck and even Sir William Flinders Petrie. He was a student of Albright, worked with Glueck and knew Petrie.

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2 responses

  1. Near the end of this #1107 show, you speculated that if Avraham Biran were 80 in 1992, he must be 95 now in 2007. On p. 51 of BAR v28 #1, Jan/Feb 2002, Steven Feldman said that Biran was 92. On p. 24 of BAR v13 #4, Jul/Aug 1987, Hershel Shanks asked him his age, & he replied 76. That info would make him about 97 now–about the same age as Lachish excavator, Donald Brown. By the way, in that same issue of BAR in 1987, Mr. Shanks reciprocated that his age was 55, so that means he’s now an amazing 75. (Amazing in that he’s still going strong with BAS work.) I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Shanks at the ASOR conference, & mentioned all of this because I had just listened to your show the night before (been waiting for this corresponding blog to appear). I was also unable to keep pace with Mr. Shanks walking through the hotel–he’s got a lot of energy! More power to him!

    November 18, 2007 at 1:33 am

  2. As old as we are all getting, our ages still seem negligible in comparison with the artifacts we are talking about.

    November 18, 2007 at 6:44 pm

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