by Chris McKinny

Today at 12 PM Central Time (my time zone and a little more than two hours from now) – I will be lecturing on the historical geography of Libnah and Ether. This will be continuing the series of online lectures that our project has been presenting on in the absence of an archaeological excavation season.

As readers of this blog might already know – Libnah is likely to be identified with Tel Burna – a site that our project has been exploring for ten seasons.

This fall – we hope to investigate Khirbet ʿAter – a nearby site that is commonly identified with the biblical site of Ether (e.g., Josh 15:42). In this lecture – I will discuss the various reasons why Tel Burna and Khirbet ʿAter should be identified with Libnah and Ether respectively. I will also discuss our initial impressions of the archaeological remains of Khirbet ʿAter and our future plans.

Here are the details:

Chris McKinny: “In the Shephelah… Libnah, Ether (Josh 15:42)” The Historical Geography of Libnah and Ether (click for recorded video)

Tel Burna (Libnah) foreground with surrounding towns
Map of the slain kings of Joshua 12 – readers of the blog might remember an earlier post on this subject