The Indiana Jones show on Voice America, hosted by Dr Joseph Schuldenrein, examines various issues in archaeology. The March 11, 2015 show features an interview with Dr Aren Maeir, director of the Tell es-Safi/”Gath” archaeological dig.
Goliath gets a mention, too:
A Confluence Archaeology and Biblical History
To be called a Philistine is to evoke an image of one that is hostile or indifferent to culture and arts. The real story of these ancient people may suggest the contrary. The last thirty years has produced an abundance of new archaeological information about the Philistines during the biblical period. The Indy Team focuses on one area today, Goliath’s hometown Gath. Most scholars believe that biblical Gath was located at the site known as Tell es-Safi, one of the largest biblical sites in Israel. We start our interview today with the findings at Gath, a veritable mine of archaeological evidence ranging from the Chalcolithic period (5th mill. BCE) until modern times, and delve into the recent developments in biblical archaeology. Dr. Aren Maeir, director of the Gath/Tell es-Safi Project, shares with us the discoveries of this biblical site and how they may clarify or change our understanding of the history mythologized in scripture.
Given the biblical association of Goliath and Gath, and the identification of Tell es-Safi with one of the two locations that the Bible gives for Gath, the excavations and their director Aren Maeir have been a popular topic at Remnant of Giants. You can also read these other posts about Tell es-Safi and Aren Maeir:
- “Searching for Goliath”: Aren Maeir’s Skype Lecture on the Philistines and Tell es-Safi/ “Gath”
- Does Rapha’ appear on a 9th-Century BCE Jar at Tell es-Safi/(“Gath”)?
- Quote of the day: Aren Maeir on Philistine foreskins
- On the Etymology of “Goliath” – A Carian Origin?
- Why Schama’s History of the Jews is not History: On Jewish Origins in Episode 1
- The “not Goliath” Inscription from Tel es-Safi/Gath: Archaeology, Bible, Politics, and the Media
- In a Pig’s Ear: On Levels of Pig Consumption as an Ethnic Marker of Ancient Israelites and Philistines
- Rafi Greenberg on the “Universe of Denial” in Jerusalem Archaeology
- Sheffield Biblical Studies comments on The Tel es-Safi (“Gath”) Excavation: “Apparent purity of motive does not override structural problems”
- Carol and Eric Meyers on Tel es-Safi, Gath, and Goliath
- Facts on the Ground at Tel es-Safi (“Gath”)
- Aren Maeir: “The so-called political issues that are supposedly raised by the remnants of giants blog are, you’ll excuse me, ludicrous!”
- Goliath of Gath/Tel es-Safi in the News
- ‘The Skeleton of Goliath': Excavating Gath with Anthropologist Haskel Greenfield
We must be Aren Maeir’s biggest fan!