Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1146 – Pompeii’s Biblical Painting


The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has a fascinating story about a painting of a Biblical scene that was excavated from a home in Pompeii. It’s the famous scene where Solomon establishes his reputation for wisdom by deciding between two women who both claim the same child is their own.

The article makes a compelling case for the portrayal in the crowd of Socrates and Aristotle, two of the wisest men of ancient Greece, showing their respect for Biblical wisdom. It also says that this is the oldest painting known which depicts a Biblical scene. So we spend some time discussing this article on today’s program, as well as a news report of tuberculosis researchers using bones dug up in Jericho to study the devastating disease.

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