Aren Maeir: New Light on the Biblical Philistines

On April 23, 2014, at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, Professor Aren Maeir gave the 2014 David Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture: “New Light on the Biblical Philistines: Recent Study on the Frenemies of Ancient Israel”. Professor Maeir discusses the evidence which challenges the theory that the Philistines arrived in a single invasion in Iron Age I. The video is now available on YouTube.

Aren Maeir is a Professor at The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University and Director of The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, The Institute of Archaeology.

The Philistines are well-known from biblical texts as one of the main adversaries of the ancient Israelites. At the same time, the biblical narrative indicates that other types of interactions also were the norm. Recent excavations in Philistia, and in particular those at Tell es-Safi, biblical Gath of the Philistines, hometown of Goliath, have provided exciting evidence of the very complex interaction between these two cultures, revealing the multi-layered facets of what could be termed a Frenemy relationship between the Philistines and Israelites. In addition, recent finds have very much changed our understanding of who the Philistines were, where they came from, and how their culture formed, transformed, and eventually disappeared. These topics will be addressed in this lecture.

h/t: Aren Maeir, The Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Interviews with Divinity/GDR Faculty at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University provides a series of podcasts containing interviews with academic staff about their recent publications: “Interviews with Divinity/GDR Faculty“.

Some of these interviews involve biblical studies, for example:

Jack Sasson talks about his forthcoming book Judges 1-12: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary , October 21, 2013

Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman talks about A Jew’s Best Friend?: The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History (which he co-edited with Rakefet Zalashik), Recorded June 13, 2013

Douglas Knight talks about his book Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel , May 6, 2010