Bible and Archaeology Discussions

Israel Finkelstein - Thomas Römer

In the Smunis Family Foundation Bible and Archaeology Discussions, Israel Finkelstein, Professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and Thomas Römer, Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Collège de France in Paris, visit archaeological sites in Israel, attempting to bridge between the results of archaeological research and the biblical text by taking a critical look at both disciplines.

Episode 1: Khirbet Qeiyafa

In this episode, Finkelstein and Römer discuss the archaeological site of Khirbet Qeiyfa southeast of Jerusalem: its finds, date, territorial affiliation, and possible connection to the biblical materials on Kings David and Saul, including the duel between David and Goliath.

Episode 2: The Story of the Lost Ark

Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Römer discuss the Ark Narrative in the Books of Samuel; the finds of the excavation at Kiriath-Jearim near Jerusalem, where the Ark was placed according to the story; and the Israel—Judah relationship in the 8th century BC.