Digital Hammurabi is the creative outlet for two Assyriologists, Megan Lewis and Joshua Bowen. Driven by a passion for the ancient Near East and the belief that history is both important and relevant to modern life, Megan and Josh aim to break out of the ivory tower of academia and bring ancient Mesopotamia to the world! This podcast brings academic scholarship and interviews with researchers to your brain (via your ears) in an easily-understood format, so you can enjoy fascinating content wherever you are!
No, You Shouldn't Buy Stolen Objects! With Dr. Patty Gerstenblith
With the Museum of the Bible rarely out of the news due to their stolen, smuggled, or faked artifacts, the antiquities market is getting more attention than ever. Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, research professor of law at DePaul University, talks about the legalities of buying antiquities, and why the Museum of the Bible just keeps getting it wrong.
Fakes, Felonies, and the Museum of the Bible: Interview with Dr. Joel Baden
The Museum of the Bible has a reputation for housing fakes and looted objects; most recently, the institution was in the news for their forged Dead Sea Scrolls, the arrest of their consultant, Dr. Dirk Obbink, and the revelation that the famous "Gilgamesh Dream Tablet" housed in the museum was removed from Iraq illegally. Dr. Joel Baden, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, joins Megan to talk about these many and varied events.
The REAL Israelite Religion: Interview with Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou
What was Ancient Israelite Religion actually like, and does it match up to the Biblical accounts?
We Need Racial Diversity in Ancient Studies!
In a research field that is mostly made up of white scholars, how do we foster and encourage diversity? Does it really matter?
COVID-19, the Bible, and the End of the World.
Apocalypticism is a poorly-understood genre of literature that is found in the Hebrew Bible, and has given rise to countless predictions of the end of the world. Come and hear more about it, from expert Dr. Stephen Cook!
Everybody Dies! Death and Burial Practices in the Ancient Near East with Dr. Pinar Durgun
Death is the one common thread binding humanity together, but how we treat the dead and think about the afterlife varies by culture.