Qeiyafa on NOVA tonight

Just a reminder… Khirbet Qeiyafa will be featured on a NOVA documentary this evening on the PBS network. It airs at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central time. Set your DVR’s to record “Quest for Solomon’s Mines”.

From the program description it appears they’ll focus primarily on the Qeiyafa inscription. Our site has a lot more to offer, but this is television and time is limited. We were filmed last year, so I don’t believe the program will include any of the recent season’s finds. We’ll see how many of the previous seasons’ discoveries they fit in.

Here’s hoping they do a fair job with our site vs. the “other guys” brought on to provide dissenting opinions.

Update: The program did a decent job in my opinion. Not distorted as others I have seen. Qeiyafa’s part focused on the inscription, with an eye to the literacy question. Could Israel record its own history in writing in the 10th century B.C.? The answer is important if you are discussing the existence of a centralized government. No writing = no archives, no written records, no administration, no religious documents. The existence of a writing system for Hebrew in that time is important. Its identification as an Israelite site (no pig bones, etc.) is also a key point.

On a personal note… my hands were briefly visible in the shot of a large pottery sherd being cleaned, with a slight slow-motion effect applied. My father was visible two times in the program. At least I can still go out in public without fear of being recognized.

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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 in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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3 Responses to Qeiyafa on NOVA tonight

  1. afrankangle says:

    No guarantee of a Floridian with a red beard? Nonetheless, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. Pingback: Link to a review of NOVA’s “Quest for Solomon’s Mines” | Luke Chandler's Blog

  3. afrankangle says:

    Watched my recording this weekend. Interesting. To an uninformed mind as myself, I was impressed and learned a lot. On the other hand, I can see how the show was only fair to a scholar. However, don’t forget the NOVA/National Geographic audience is closer to uninformed than to scholar. Thanks for guiding me to the show.

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