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Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

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Excavating the Biblical World (Cynthia Shafer-Elliott)

The Biblical Mind

A surefire way to make a biblical scholar groan is to use the phrase "back in Bible times." Of course, there is no "Bible times"; the events and writing of the Bible span millennia of concrete, dynamic history. Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, a professor at William Jessup University and an experienced field archeologist, talks with Dru about the households and daily life of ancient people in Iron Age Israel, specifically. Biblical archeology can reveal everything from ancient Israelites' fingerprints, to their social and family structures, to their acquaintance with daily struggle for survival. Biblical passages that seem opaque to modern Westerners, especially passages in the Old Testament, can suddenly make sense as our understanding is enriched with knowledge of the authors' historical and physical contexts. Here are some things we can learn from the permanent features, artifacts, and structures of ancient Israelite households. Show notes: 0:25 How biblical archeology illuminates the biblical world and hence, the text 6:23 The years and significance of the Iron Age 14:23 "Household archeology" and daily life in the Iron Age 24:10 Permanent features of the ancient house, e.g., grinding installations and ovens 28:02 "Spatial analysis" and the placement of artifacts in the house 31:19 Typical household members and the betʾav vs. contemporary individualism 41:23 The dependence of household members on everyone's participation in the household for survival 45:12 The land flowing with milk and honey? Music credits: hebraicthought.org/credits


1 Jan 2021

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BONUS Episode: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott - What Archaeologists Do & Why it Matters

The Bible For Normal People

We are so excited about the Everyday Life in Ancient Israel class Cynthia is teaching for us we just had to reissue her podcast episode from back in season 2. Cynthia talks with Pete and Jared about what she does as an archaeologist, how it has informed her view of the Bible, her favorite finds, and more! Show Notes →Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands


1 Oct 2020

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The Dirty Truth About the Bible and Archaeology feat. Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Open to Truth

Puns aside, have you wondered about how to read the Bible and formulate theology in light of archaeological evidence? How do these two disciplines relate? In this episode, Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott explains what exactly archaeologists do, why it's valuable, and how it relates to biblical studies.  We think you'll learn a ton from this one! To learn more about the course Dr. Shafer-Elliott is hosting, visit https://peteenns.com/course/everyday/.  A great resource for all of your archaeology FAQs is The Five-Minute Archaeologist.  Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Five-Minute-Archaeologist-Southern-Levant/dp/1781792429


28 Sep 2020

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232 - Old Testament Time Travel - with Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott


Today on the podcast we are exited to have Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Theology at William-Jessup University. But that’s not all! Dr. Shafer-Elliott is also is an experienced field archaeologist in Israel and is currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif, Israel. Dr. Shafer-Elliott discusses her findings in the field and why context is important to the Bible. In this conversation we also explore how the smallest artifacts tell the biggest stories, and that how we do anything is how we do everything. Dr. Shafer-Elliott brings such a unique perspective to the Biblical story, as well as being an accomplished woman in the field. We hope you enjoy this one! To find out more about Dr. Shaffer-Elliot, you can visit: https://jessup.edu/faculty/cynthia-shafer-elliott/Learn more about the VOX Podcast:www.voxpodcast.comSubscribe on iTunes - apple.co/1Lla1NjSupport the VOX Podcast on Patreon:www.patreon.com/voxpodcastFollow us on Instagram: @voxpodcastLike us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/voxpodcastFollow Mike on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikeerreMusic in this episode by Timothy John Staffordwww.timothyjohnstafford.comInstagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy

1hr 20mins

9 Mar 2020

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Cynthia Shafer-Elliott – Digging Up Israel’s Past


Episode: We’re going back to the dirt in this episode with Cynthia Shafer-Elliott. We talk about bee hives, the Daniel diet, Ezekiel bread, gender & archaeology, and why Cynthia is willing […]The post Cynthia Shafer-Elliott – Digging Up Israel’s Past first appeared on OnScript.

20 Jan 2020

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Episode 37: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott - What Archaeologists Do & Why It Matters

The Bible For Normal People

Archaeologist Cynthia Shafer-Elliott turns a 2D Bible into a 3D picture by digging up artifacts from everyday ancient Israelite life. These were real people with real habits and customs that we never really see on the pages of the Bible.Show Notes →Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands


19 Feb 2018