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The Red-Haired Archaeologist

The Red-Haired Archaeologist

By Amanda Hope Haley
Join Amanda Hope Haley--Harvard-trained biblical archaeologist, whimsical storyteller, and sunscreen advocate--as she explores the archaeology of Israel and Egypt and learns how ancient objects and history impact our understandings of Scripture and each other.
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Life along the Wall

The Red-Haired Archaeologist

Season 3 Trailer: Digging Egypt
This season, we will be learning about all the ways the lands of Israel and Egypt have intersected in ancient history, archaeology, and Scripture. New episodes will launch on Thursdays beginning July 28 wherever you like to listen to your podcasts.
May 12, 2022
Herod's Walls: The Temple Mount
In the final episode of season 2, learn about the violent history and politically charged present of the Jews’ most important artifact. Episode links: ;
May 07, 2021
Jesus’ Three(!) Tombs
Christians know that Jesus resurrected, but where did His body rest for the 3 days following His crucifixion? Listen and learn about 3 possible locations of that most-famous empty tomb.
April 30, 2021
Herod’s Walls: The Synagogue and Mosque at Hebron
In ancient Hebron, Abraham bought the first bit of the Promised Land, David unified Israel’s tribes into a nation, and Herod built a structure that now straddles the border between Israel and Palestine.
April 23, 2021
Nazareth: A Tale of Three Cities
Nazareth doesn’t get a lot of ink in the Bible, but it has a long history. It was a 1st-century Jewish “puritan” city, has attracted Christian pilgrims since 360, and is the largest Muslim city inside Israel today. Episode links:;;
April 16, 2021
The Miracle of Wine in Galilee
Wine was discovered almost 8,000 years ago in Turkey and has been cultivated in and around Israel ever since. Learn how it was used in ancient society and how it relates to biblical narratives. Episode links:
April 09, 2021
The Real Magdala
Peel away the false salacious reputation you may have been told about Mary of Magdala, and learn about the real 1st-century prosperous and devout city that was her home. Episode links:
March 26, 2021
The “New” Dead Sea Scrolls
This bonus episode will tell you all you want to know about the newly revealed scroll fragments, mummified child, and Neolithic basket from Qumran’s so-called Cave of Horror. Episode links:
March 19, 2021
Dead Sea Scrolls (and the Monks who Made Them)
Written by rebels, ransomed by thieves, and hoarded by scholars. Hear the stories of the creation, discovery, and publication of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Episode links:
March 12, 2021
Herod's Walls: Masada
Explore Masada, the winter palace of Herod the Great, king of Judaea in the 1st century BCE. Learn the background of his biographer, Josephus--who was more Roman propagandist than Jewish sentimentalist. Episode links:
March 06, 2021
Tel Maresha and Bet Guvrin
The ancient cities of Maresha and Bet Guvrin hosted civilizations from 700 BCE through the Islamic period, making thorough use of a system of  500+ hand-dug caves.
February 27, 2021
Catching up with the Red-Haired Archaeologist
Listen to what Amanda has been up to since Season 1 ended. You'll hear some fun stories from her time digging and traveling in Israel, learn a little about her next book, and get a preview of what is to come in Season 2.
February 19, 2021
Tombs and the Afterlife
Israelite burials were functionally and symbolically different from modern practices. Episode links:
May 24, 2019
Life along the Wall
Scripture says that Rahab lived "on" or "in" Jericho's city wall. What does that mean, and what can we learn about her from the "neighborhood" where she lived? Episode links:
May 17, 2019
Gates that Never Swing
Ancient gates weren't just hinged pickets as we may imagine when we read Scripture today. They were buildings unto themselves, where some of the most important city activities happened every day. Episode links:
May 10, 2019
Touring Solomon's Temple
Learn how some temples built in other regions of the Levant can help us understand the Bible's descriptions of Solomon's temple. Episode links:
May 03, 2019
Where in the World Is David?
For decades, many archaeologists doubted the historical existence of David and Solomon. Listen and learn what evidence proves them wrong! Episode links:
April 26, 2019
The "Golden" Calf
When you read about the golden calf the Israelites made in Exodus, do you envision Cecil B. DeMille's glossy statue from The Ten Commandments? Find out how this traditional Easter film got most of the details wrong. Episode links:
April 19, 2019
Introducing the Red-Haired Archaeologist
Meet author and archaeologist, Amanda Hope Haley! Episode links:
April 12, 2019