"Truth shall spring out of the earth." Psalm 85:11 [KJV]
"The only NEW FACTS about the Bible and the Biblical world are coming from the ground." - William Dever
"The Biblical authors assume their audience knows the context of the revelation. Unfortunately, Westerners are far removed from the context of the revelation.
Archaeology and biblical backgrounds help to place Godís Word in its proper context of revelation."
- Steve Ortiz

The Book & The Spade is a weekly news and interview program presenting backgrounders on the Bible through the latest discoveries and developments in Biblical Archaeology,
hosted by Gordon Govier, biblical archaeology correspondent for Christianity Today magazine and editor of ARTIFAX, the biblical archaeology newsmagazine.

Dramatic discoveries are still being made in caves near the Dead Sea.


LISTEN NOW TO THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM!:: #1754 - Azekah and Royal Purple - with Clyde Billington

More of our recent programs:
"Joshua Altar on Mt. Ebal" - Adam Zertal #1751 - part 1 || #1752 - part 2
#1743 - Remembering James Sanders - Unrolling the Great Psalms Scroll
#1743 - Remembering Al Hoerth
#1742 - Remembering Hershel Shanks
You can subscribe to two great complementary magazines on biblical archaeology: Biblical Archaeology Review and ARTIFAX.

"New Dead Sea Scroll Discoveries" - Randall Price #1748 - part 1 || #1749 - part 2
"Church Excavation in Laodicea" - Mark Wilson #1747
"Herod the Great Gardener" - Kathryn Gleason #1740 - part 1 || #1741 - part 2
Top 10 Biblical Archaeology Stories of 2020 - #1735
Christianity Today web version of this story

"Excavating Ancient Villages" - J.P. Dessel #1728
"Archaeology and Technology" - J.P. Dessel #1727
"Tel Dan's Sacred Precinct" - Jonathan Greer #1725 - part 1 || #1726 - part 2
"Tel Shiloh 2020 Update" - Scott Stripling #1723 - part 1 || #1724 - part 2
"The Gezer Water Tunnel and Tel Hadid" - Dan Warner #1721 - part 1 || #1722 - part 2
My Christianity Today story on Dan Warner, Scott Stripling and other US archaeologists not working in Israel last summer:
Digging Stopped in Ancient Biblical Cities

Our 2020 Series on the forged Dead Sea Scrolls and the Museum of the Bible:
My Christianity Today story on Fake Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible
"Fake Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible" - Jeffrey Kloha #1701
"Fake Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible" - Colette Loll #1702
"Museum of the Bible - Repatriating Antiquities" - Jeffrey Kloha #1703
"The Dead Sea Scroll Forgeries" - Christopher Rollston #1704 - part 1 || #1705 - part 2
"The New Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at the Museum of the Bible" - Jeffrey Kloha #1729
Where are the Other Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls? - My December 2020 article for Christianity Today
"Are There More Fake Dead Sea Scrolls?" - Sidnie White Crawford #1732 - part 1 || #1733 - part 2
Referenced in the Sidnie White Crawford interview: The Lost Book of Moses by Chanan Tigay
"Dead Sea Scrolls Detective" - Kipp Davis #1736 - part 1 || #1737 - part 2|| #1738 - part 3

University of Iowa archaeologist Robert Cargill explains the significance of the Tel Dan inscription,
one of the most important discoveries in biblical archaeology in the last half century.

Gordon Govier's interview with author and radio host Eric Metaxas:

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Program History:

produced since 1983 in Madison,Wisconsin,
where Gordon Govier was for many years an
award-winning radio news director.

Dr. Keith Schoville, professor emeritus

at the University of Wisconsin, was co-host
of the program for 30 years, and
retired from the program in 2013. He
taught Biblical Archaeology in the Dept.
of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, was the
author of the textbook BIBLICAL
a past president of the Near East
Archaeological Society.

Over the past 35+ years, THE BOOK &

THE SPADE has talked with nearly
300 archaeologists and Bible scholars
about their work in the field, and visited
many of these sites on our BOOK & THE
SPADE tours. Listeners have gained new
understanding of how Biblical research is
done and realized anew Archaeology is
"the only source of new facts about the
Bible and the Biblical world."

THE BOOK & THE SPADE is available
by subscription, at $30/year,
with CD's containing the latest five programs
mailed on roughly a monthly basis.

For more information contact The Book & The Spade