My Interview on “The Book and the Spade” Program

I had the distinct privilege to conduct a phone interview today with Gordon Govier for “The Book and the Spade,” which is a weekly 15-minute radio program/podcast on Biblical Archaeology.

The Book and Spade program is in its 26th year and has featured many well-known archaeologists and scholars, including Yossi Garfinkel (chief excavator of Khirbet Qeiyafa) who was interviewed on the program from Harvard last Fall. To put it in archaeological terms, I am not in the same stratum with these eminent scholars. I was invited to share my perspective as a volunteer excavator who participated in one of the hottest current digs.

The interview discussed a range of topics, from the experiences of a first-time excavator to the relevance of the site. It will be broadcast in two parts. Part 1 is freely available now, and for the duration of this week (August 11th and following). Part 2 of the interview will be broadcast next week. Anyone who deems my humble interview worthy of their time may stream it or download it here. Anyone who wishes to hear it after this week may order from the archives or purchase an inexpensive annual subscription (scroll toward bottom of page). The expense would definitely be justified by the many interesting archived interviews with a broad range of scholars.

An additional note – Foundation Stone’s website for the Elah Fortress/Khirbet Qeiyafa is linked on Book and Spade’s website (see above). The “blogger at Elah Fortress dig” link on that page happens to be this very blog.


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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2 Responses to My Interview on “The Book and the Spade” Program

  1. afrankangle says:

    Interesting interview. Although I don’t know much about this field of study, I’m impressed with your knowledge, your process skills, and the way you make connections. Well done.

  2. Jared Saltz says:

    Very cool, Luke. I’m glad that you were able to experience such an incredible aspect of biblical history.

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