Craig Evans describes the world of Jesus and the early church based on archeology. He draws connections between archaeological finds and relevant Scripture passages and theological issues. Evans discusses how archaeology sheds light on the synagogues of Israel, literacy of the time, Pilate and Caiaphas, and burial traditions.
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Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: The Tasks of Archaeology
Recovery of Material Culture
Studying Archaeology with The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Contribution of Science
Spectrometrical Analysis: An Example of Science Aiding Archaeology
Other Enhancements and Analyses
Important Excavation Sites
Preview of Remaining Course Topics
Unit 2: Jesus and the Synagogues
Jesus Visited the Synagogues
Searching for Synagogue References in the New Testament
But Were There Synagogues?
The Capernaum Synagogue
Have We Found Peter’s House?
Studying Jericho with Image Searching and the Bible Facts Report
Modi’in and Qiryat Sefer
Nazareth and Sepphoris
Researching the Theory that Jesus Was a Jewish Cynic
Unit 3: Books and Artifacts
Book Culture and Literacy
The Suffering Servant and Jesus
Researching New Testament Quotes or Allusions to Isaiah
The Qumran Scroll and the Leningrad Codex
The Aramaic Targums
Unit 4: Pilate and Caiaphas
The Caiaphas Ossuary
Other High Priests and Miriam
Finding and Exporting Images of Ossuaries
Finding Pilate in the Writings of Josephus and Philo
Procurator or Prefect?
Unit 5: Jewish Tombs and Burial Traditions
The Importance of the Archaeology of Burial
Jewish Burial Practices: Burial and Funeral
Jewish Burial Practices: Ossilegium
The Soul Departs Three Days after Death
Resources for Studying Ancient Cultural Backgrounds
Unit 6: Jesus’ Death and Burial Compared with Jewish Burial Traditions
Why Such Large Crowds Followed Jesus
Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead
Researching Matthew 8:22 with the Passage Guide
Jesus is Anointed with Perfume
Two Sites Are Claimed to Be Jesus’ Burial Place
Studying Joseph of Arimathea with Bible Facts
Jewish Piety Required Burial
Did Pilate Permit the Burial of Jesus?
Burial Restrictions for Executed Criminals
The Death and Burial of Jesus
The Talpiot Tomb Prompts Speculation
Solving the Mystery of the Gable
More Conclusions Concerning the Talpiot Tomb
Summing Up the Course
Title: NT307 Archaeology and the New Testament (audio)
Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, a commentary on Mark in the Word Biblical Commentary, Jesus and the Ossuaries, and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. He has recently served on the advisory board of the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.