A couple of weeks ago, I posted a new documentary video on the recent archaeological expedition to biblical Lachish. This video shares perspectives from both directors and volunteers who worked on the dig, and shows some new discoveries that are significant to the early Kingdom of Judah.
The filmmakers, Bob Henry and Rachel Martin, offer this video freely to everyone. You may screen it openly to anyone or any group that may have an interest in archaeology and the Bible. Here is a description of the video and its purpose directly from Bob and Rachel.
This documentary brings you into the exciting world of Biblical Archaeology as it reveals the history of one of the largest Old Testament cities and tells the story of the volunteers who dig it up. This epic story reveals the turbulent warfare of the first temple period of Biblical history, the discoveries that expand the Biblical narrative, and the impact this experience had on the people who came to Israel to dig. Watch as these determined volunteers unearth a Biblical land mark’s secrets that haven’t been touched in over two thousand five hundred years.
What were we trying to achieve in making the documentary?We had a number of hopes and aspirations for this piece. First, it was our heartfelt desire to connect people with the amazing Biblical archaeology going on in Israel. The work being done there is revealing the Biblical story in breathtaking ways, and it’s our passion to share the excitement the digging experience brings. For us, as well as for so many we encountered, digging in Israel has been transformative in many ways.Second, we are passionate about the Biblical text. We wanted to tell this story in a way that would make the Old Testament come alive by showing it through the lens of the history of the Ancient Near East. Revealing Lachish in the context of the legendary events that surround this Biblical city has been incredibly challenging, and exciting. One of our most important goals has been to share this narrative in a way that does justice to the First Temple period’s epic saga. In the case of Lachish, the real story is so exciting that you don’t have to reach to hold people’s attention. It is an unbelievable story all by itself.Finally, we wanted to share the story of the Fourth Expedition to Lachish, and the incredible contribution they’ve made to both Jewish history and Biblical archaeology. We wanted the world to know the teams lead by Dr. Yossi Garfinkel and Dr. Michael Hasel did more than just show up. They unearthed Rehoboam’s wall, and changed the way the history of the southern Levant will be written.- –