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The Red-Haired Archaeologist

19 EpisodesProduced by Amanda Hope HaleyWebsite

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.

19 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Season 3 Trailer: Digging Egypt

May 12th, 2022


This season, we will be learning about all the ways the lands of Israel and Egypt have intersected in ancient history, archaeology, and Scripture. …

Herod's Walls: The Temple Mount

May 7th, 2021


In the final episode of season 2, learn about the violent history and politically charged present of the Jews’ most important artifact.

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Jesus’ Three(!) Tombs

April 30th, 2021


Christians know that Jesus resurrected, but where did His body rest for the 3 days following His crucifixion? Listen and learn about 3 possible …

Herod’s Walls: The Synagogue and Mosque at Hebron

April 23rd, 2021


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.

Nazareth: A Tale of Three Cities

April 16th, 2021


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.

The Miracle of Wine in Galilee

April 9th, 2021


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 …

The Real Magdala

March 26th, 2021


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 …

The “New” Dead Sea Scrolls

March 19th, 2021


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 …

Dead Sea Scrolls (and the Monks who Made Them)

March 12th, 2021


Written by rebels, ransomed by thieves, and hoarded by scholars. Hear the stories of the creation, discovery, and publication of the famous Dead Sea …

Herod's Walls: Masada

March 6th, 2021


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.

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Tel Maresha and Bet Guvrin

February 27th, 2021


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.

Catching up with the Red-Haired Archaeologist

February 19th, 2021


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.

Tombs and the Afterlife

May 24th, 2019


Israelite burials were functionally and symbolically different from modern practices.

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Life along the Wall

May 17th, 2019


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 …

Gates that Never Swing

May 10th, 2019


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 …

Touring Solomon's Temple

May 3rd, 2019


Learn how some temples built in other regions of the Levant can help us understand the Bible's descriptions of Solomon's temple.

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Where in the World Is David?

April 26th, 2019


For decades, many archaeologists doubted the historical existence of David and Solomon. Listen and learn what evidence proves them wrong!

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The "Golden" Calf

April 19th, 2019


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 …

Introducing the Red-Haired Archaeologist

April 12th, 2019


Meet author and archaeologist, Amanda Hope Haley!

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