Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1202-1203 Top Ten Most Important And Exciting Excavations in Israel

I’ve never done this before on The Book & The Spade, presented a condensed audio version of one of MY talks on Biblical Archaeology. But the Milwaukee Area Biblical Archaeology Society was kind enough to invite me and I put together a presentation for them covering some of the most important excavations we’ve featured in recent months on The Book & The Spade and in the pages of ARTIFAX magazine.

It might not be hard to guess what is the top dig on my list: the recently launched excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa, also known as the Elah Fortress. As I say in my talk, the line between fact and legend in Biblical Archaeology seems to pass through the tenth century, the time of David and Solomon . This is a tenth century site that seems to have a lot of potential to address that debate. No big new discoveries there in 2009, as far as I’m aware, but nonetheless I think this is the most important dig going right now. For the rest of the Top Ten, give a listen, and let me know what you think I’ve left off.


2 responses

  1. Interesting choices! Just out of curiosity, who introduced you at the beginning of the lecture?

    November 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm

  2. My apologies to Joel Pless, Associate Professor of Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, for failing to thank him for that nice introduction (as well as the warm hospitality at WLC).

    November 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

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