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#83 - Illuminating the Text through Archaeology

| Episode Guest: Rich Liverance

GTI's resident archaeologist Rich Liverance joins this podcast episode to discuss the relatively new science of archaeology and how it plays into our biblical study tours. Rich shares from his personal experience at the active digs of Abel Beth Maccah in northern Israel, as well as Tel a Hammam in Jordan (the possible site of Sodom). From navigating the heat to roping off a site into 5m squares to finding an iron blade, Rich knows what a day on a dig is like! He also reminds us that the Bible interprets the Bible. Archaeology CONFIRMS the Bible, as well as giving material culture to the text. For example, the 1993 discovery at Tel Dan of a curse tablet mentioning the "House of David" confirms King David's existence and impact 150 years after his life; the discovery of a wall or some jewelry would illuminate the lifestyle of the people who lived in David's time. For further reading, we recommend the following resources:

  • _Biblical Archaeology _by Amihai Mazar
  • Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World's Most Contested City by Andrew Lawler
  • The Source by James A. Michener
  • The GTI Tours Facebook page

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Pool of Siloam

The Pool of Siloam (Hebrew: בריכת השילוח‎‎, Breikhat Hashiloah) is a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem, located outside the walls of the Old City to the southeast. The pool was fed by the waters of the Gihon Spring, carried there by two aqueducts.

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