Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1207 – Christmas in the Holyland

In the early days of The Book & The Spade, we would annually receive a recorded program from the Israel Broadcasting Service called Christmas in the Holyland. They were always well-done and offered great archaeological and cultural background information about the sacred holiday.

Unfortunately only a few of these great programs were saved. This is one from the archives, dating back to 1992. It features Helga Abraham, talking with James Fleming, Father Jerome Murphy O’Connor, and Suzanne Bartel. It’s focused on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Political conditions have changed in Bethlehem since then, but the church still stands and it’s story is fascinating.

As a special Christmas gift to blog followers, here’s a short video of the discovery of a tomb in Egypt that has not been disturbed for 2600 years.




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