Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1264-1266 Kenneth Kitchen – The Archaeology of Egypt

Kenneth Kitchen

Kenneth Kitchen

Professor Kenneth Kitchen is not only a leading Egyptologist but also a scholar of the ancient Near East. He is now a professor emeritus at the University of Liverpool. I had the opportunity to interview him in 1994 when he was in Chicago for a series of meetings. So we’ve dug deep in our archives, pulled these programs back out, blew the dust off of them, and are now offering them to our listeners once again. He gives us some inside information on the details of Egyptology, Biblical Archaeology, and Biblical scholarship. Unlike another Egyptologist we’ve had on the program, professor Charles Aling, Kitchen leans toward a later date for the Exodus, proclaiming that Ramses II could be the pharaoh of the Exodus, and is the last Pharaoh who could possibly be a candidate for that dubious honor, by virtue of the inscription on the Merneptah stele. There’s much more to hear, I hope you’ll listen to all three programs.

Some exciting news from Israel this week. The Israel Antiquities Authority announcing the clearing of the water channel that drained from the Temple Mount down to the Pool of Siloam. The story is reported in several media, including The Jerusalem Post. Soon, perhaps as early as later this year, pilgrims will be able to walk this underground route (600 meters- about four tenths of a mile). If they continue on and take the western wall tunnel tour, they could walk most of a mile, from the Pool of Siloam to the Via Dolorosa, under and along the first century roadway (now all underground).

UPDATE – Street demonstrations in Egypt have led to some damage at the Cairo Museum. Here’s the report from Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Also a report from the NBC Today Show.

Also, This is an informative update on the current state of Biblical Archaeology, from Jewish Ideas Daily.

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