Biblical World Episodes

  • Shlomit Bechar – Middle and Late Bronze Age Canaan
    Episode: In this episode, Kyle and Chris chat with Shlomit Bechar of Haifa University about her recent book Political Change and Material Culture in Middle to Late Bronze Age Canaan (Eisenbrauns 2022). We tackle the topic of how changes in the material culture relate to political events (in particular the expulsion of the Hyksos from Egypt and Thutmose III’s […]
  • The Archaeology of Nazareth in the Days of Jesus – Ken Dark
    Episode: Chris and Kyle chat with Ken Dark about his work in and around Nazareth, which has illuminated our understanding of early Roman-period Nazareth. Ken talks about his survey on the northern outskirts of Nazareth, his re-analysis of the Franciscan excavations at the Church of the Annunciation, and his work at the nearby Sisters of Nazareth Convent.   Guest: Prof. Ken Dark […]
  • Tom Davis – Pauline Archaeology (and beyond)
    Episode: This wide-ranging interview explores the joys, travails, and wonders of archaeology related to the history and context of the Bible. Discussion focuses on Pauline archaeology, especially on Cyprus, but also his adventures in Kazakhstan (wandering among marijuana plants and KGB killings), Sudan, and elsewhere. Guest: (from the Libscomb University website) has forty years of experience as […]
  • The Archaeology of Passion Week (pt. 3) – Kyle Keimer and Chris McKinny
    Episode: This episode is the final installment in the 3-part archaeology of Passion Week discussion. Chris and Kyle take a detailed look at how archaeological finds in Jerusalem can help us better situate and understand the events of this fateful week. Chris and Kyle discuss the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, the Garden Tomb, […]
  • Chris McKinny and Kyle Keimer – Archaeology of Passion Week (pt 2)
    Episode: This episode is part two of the three-part series on the archaeology of Passion Week. Chris and Kyle take a detailed look at how archaeological finds in Jerusalem can help us better situate and understand the events of this fateful week. They delve into the Gospel of John, the Last Supper, and Jesus’ trials. […]
  • Chris McKinny and Kyle Keimer – The Archaeology of Passion Week (Pt 1)
    Episode: This episode is the first of a three-part series on the archaeology of the Passion week. Chris and Kyle take a detailed look at how archaeological finds in Jerusalem can help us better situate and understand the events of this fateful week. (This episode is republished from our Biblical World podcast). Hosts: Chris McKinny and Kyle […]
  • Biblical Geography – The Missing Ingredient
    Episode: What happens when we ignore the physical settings of the Bible? In this episode, Biblical World co-hosts explore the significance of the land for biblical interpretation. We journey to Shechem, Nahal Besor, and the end of the Jordan River to discover the historical and theological significance of geographical locations for biblical interpreters. We also discuss some […]
  • Moses among the Idols – Amy Balogh
    Episode: In this episode, we discuss the god Moses. Yes, you heard that right! It’s there in Exod 7:1. But what does this mean? How can we make sense of the transformation of Moses from a man of “uncircumcised lips” to a god? What happens if we read this story in its ancient Near Eastern context? […]
  • The Egyptian Plagues – Real-World Calamities on the Nile (Egypt Series)
    Episode: In this episode of the Egypt and the Bible series, Chris and Mark discuss the Egyptian background and context of the ten plagues from the Book of Exodus, including the details of real-world calamities. Hosts: Chris and Mark    See Mark’s edited book, Five Views on the Exodus (Zondervan, 2021). Egypt Series: Check out […]
  • Elephantine – Collin Cornell
    Episode: Elephantine continues to fascinate scholars of Second Temple Judaism, in part, because it shows that there wasn’t just one Jewish temple after the return from exile. In this episode, which is part of longer episode to be released later on OnScript, Collin Cornell discusses this fascinating site and its significance for understanding early Judaism. This is […]
  • Finding a Dig (with BAR) – Nathan Steinmeyer
    Episode: In this episode – Chris and Kyle are joined by Nathan Steinmeyer (Biblical Archaeological Review, Assistant Editor) to discuss BAR’s dig issue – one of the best resources for finding a place to dig! Also, hear about how Kyle got into archaeology. To find a dig: To find out more about Biblical Archaeology Review: […]
  • The Ancient Israelite World – George Pierce, Kyle Keimer, Chris McKinny
    Episode: George Pierce joins hosts Kyle Keimer and Chris McKinny to discuss their newly edited volume The Ancient Israelite World (Routledge, 2022). This volume brings together a world-class line-up of scholars and includes a whopping 47 essays on ancient Israelite society, economy, religion, language, culture, history, and more! Participants: Kyle, Chris, and George A. Pierce. Book: The […]
  • The History and Archaeology of Christmas (Part 2) – Chris McKinny and Kyle Keimer
    Episode: In part 2 of this series, Kyle and Chris discuss additional historical and archaeological aspects associated with the origin stories of Jesus as seen in Matthew and Luke. They discuss the archaeological background and traditions associated with the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. They also explain a number of other historical background elements […]
  • Chris McKinny and Kyle Keimer – The History and Archaeology of Christmas (Part 1)
    Episode: Biblical World hosts Chris and Kyle talk about the archaeology and historical context of Christmas. They try not to be Grinches. This is part 1 of a two part series. **This is a re-broadcast of an episode from last year.** Hosts: Chris McKinny and Kyle Keimer. Give: Help support OnScript’s Biblical World HERE. Thanks to all of […]
  • Ruth’s World – Oliver and Chris
    Episode: One site in Jerusalem, this episode explores the cultural backgrounds to the book of Ruth. We discuss agriculture, famine, marriage relationships, orphans, widows, geography and much more! Hosts: Oliver Hersey (JUC) and Chris McKinny (Geshur Media). Find out more on Jerusalem University College and Geshur Media. Give: Visit our Donate Page if you want to help support the ongoing […]

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