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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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June 13th 2012:Jesus, Archaeology, and the Origins of Christianity: Recent Findings and Theories

This week the host explores a true "Indiana Jones" theme, which fascinated not only scholars, but also the general public for centuries - the quest for discovery of the Tomb of Jesus. Since 1980s discoveries of a series of ossuaries buried beneath a condominium complex in Jerusalem have provoked controversy about the relationship between suspected remains of Jesus and their presumed placement by his early Christian followers. Ongoing explorations by filmmakers and scholars have revised interpretations and offer new perspectives on the Jesus story based on a variety of sources. Our guest this w

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Dr. James Tabor

Dr. James Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where he is professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism. Since earning his PhD. at the University of Chicago in 1981, Tabor combined work on ancient texts with extensive fieldwork in archaeology in Israel and Jordan, including Qumran, Sepphoris, Masada, and Wadi el-Yabis in Jordan. Over the past decade he has teamed up with Shimon Gibson to excavate “John the Baptist” cave at Suba, the “Tomb of the Shroud” discovered in 2000, and ongoing work at Mt. Zion. Most recently, Tabor, along with Rami Arav, have been involved in the re-exploration of two tombs in East Taploit; the cont
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