Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Podcast: Steve Ray on Archaeology, Bethlehem and Nazareth

In this episode we continue our series of podcasts on the Gospel reports of Jesus' birth. This time I was honored to be joined by my good friend, Catholic author and apologist Steve Ray. Among other things Ray has produced numerous television shows on the Holy Land (now available on DVD). He also takes large groups of pilgrims to the Holy Land each year.

Today we talk a little bit about Nazareth and Bethlehem. What are these places like? Does it snow in Bethlehem? What can we see about the traditional sites honored as Jesus' birthplace, Mary's house, etc.? Why have them become honored as pilgrimage sites?

I hope you enjoy our podcast! (As always, please leave us your comments in the box below!)

To learn more about Steve's work, please be sure to visit his site, CatholicConvert.com.

Podcast: Steve Ray on Archaeology, Bethlehem and Nazareth

For more on the theory that Christian "prophets" were the origin of some of the material in the Gospel tradition and other elements of this podcast--with specific references to academic works on the topics--go to earlier posts on TheSacredPage.com here and here.


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"Aunt" Judy said...

Dear Dr Barber, Thank you for these life-sustaining commentaries! Could you please recommend a resource for me to help clarify the books of the OT prophets? As background, I have listened to Dr Bergsma's OT Survey disk set, and am thoroughly enjoying your "Singing in the Reign." Read many of Dr. Vernon McGee's OT commentaries (before returning to the Catholic Church.) Thank you, and bless you. In Christ, Judy Bethmann

Michael Barber said...

Thanks for your kind comments! I would recommend reading the entries for the various books in the Catholic Bible Dictionary, edited by Scott Hahn.

"Aunt" Judy said...

Thank you, Dr. Barber, I will certainly follow this suggestion! Looking forward to meeting you at a conference soon!