Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1254-1255 Remembering Ehud Netzer

Ehud Netzer

Ehud Netzer

In 1993 I was in Israel interviewing archaeologists for The Book & The Spade radio program, courtesy of the Israel Tourism Ministry. I talked with a number of archaeologists about their latest excavations. I visited Adam Zertal at his kibbutz. Two of the archaeologists invited me to their home to do the interview, Zvi Maoz and Ehud Netzer. I don’t remember a whole lot about the interviews, although each of the archaeologists was a gracious host, and I greatly enjoyed our conversations. Because of the recent death of Ehud Netzer I’ve gone back and retrieved the two programs that I did with him. One program was on his excavations of the palaces of King Herod, including Herodium, where he eventually found the tomb of Herod. The other program was on what was then the newest archaeological park in Israel, the site of Sepphoris, just over the hill from Nazareth.

I greatly enjoyed watching the NOVA program on PBS this week on The Search for King Solomon’s Mines. The program covered several recent discoveries that we’ve discussed on The Book & The Spade, such as the copper mines at Khirbet en-Nahas in Jordan, and the Elah Fortress discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel. Archaeologists Thomas Levy and Yosef Garfinkel have both been on The Book & The Spade, as well as several other scholars who appeared the NOVA program, such as Eric Cline, William Schniedewind, and Greg Bearman. Graham Townsley, who produced the NOVA program, has a behind-the-scenes blog with more on the production.

We still have some slots to fill on our 2011 Book & The Spade tour to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. For more information, go to our tour website.

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