The Central Timna Valley Project & Rethinking Iron Age Nomads

December 16 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Erez Ben-Yosef who is an Associate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. He’s the director of the Central Timna Valley Project and the excavations that he has been leading in the Aravah Valley have raised the possibility that we need to rethink the social complexity and impact of Iron Age nomadic societies. You can learn more about the Central Timna Valley Project by visiting its website.

Speaking Truth to Power – A New Translation of the Book of Job

October 22 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Ed Greenstein who is professor emeritus of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and a world-renowned scholar in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies. He recently published a new translation of the Book of Job which offers a new perspective on the story, which is speaking the truth to power no matter the cost.

The Race for Paradise – An Islamic History of the Crusades

September 19 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we spoke with Professor Paul M. Cobb about his book The Race for Paradise - An Islamic History of the Crusades. Professor Cobb's book offers a new perspective on the Crusades by telling this period of history through Muslim sources. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

Professor Cobb is a Professor of Islamic History and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Cairo Genizah

August 15 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Dr. Marina Rustow who is the director of the Princeton Genizah Lab and the Khedouri A Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton. She is also the director of the program of Near Eastern Studies. We spoke at length about the Cairo Genizah and what its findings can tell us about the everyday lives of people in Medieval Cairo, the world, and more.

The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel

July 24 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Professor Uri Bar-Joseph who is a professor of political science at the University of Haifa, an expert on Israeli intelligence, and the author of the book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel. His book was recently adapted to a Netflix movie called The Angel and tells the story of Ashraf Marwan, who was the son in law of Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser and ultimately ended up playing a key role in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and becoming one of the greatest spies in modern history.

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