Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1144 – Remembering Avraham Biran

Just a year or so ago we were talking about Avraham Biran on this program as we prepared for our 2008 25th Anniversary Book & the Spade Holyland Study Tour. Our meeting with professor Biran at the city gate of Tel Dan in 1992 was one of the most memorable moments of all our holyland tours.

Now comes word that professor Biran has passed away just a month short of his 99th birthday. So on today’s program we remember once again this remarkable archaeologist who excavated one of the great cities of the Bible. I don’t have any good photos but I do have a very nice audio recording of our time with professor Biran at the Dan city gate. This photo was taken the day before that meeting, when we were with Biran in his office and he invited us to meet him the next day at the city gate of Dan.

POST SCRIPT: One of the next generation of archaeologists who we would like to interview on The Book & The Spade is Eilat Mazar, who is excavating in the City of David area, the oldest part of Jerusalem. Until that day we do have a short profile that’s just run in The Jerusalem Post.


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