The Digital Hammurabi Podcast

The Digital Hammurabi Podcast

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 t…


Fakes, Felonies, and the Museum of the Bible: Interview with Dr. Joel Baden
Jul 30 • 50 min
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…
The REAL Israelite Religion: Interview with Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Jun 22 • 51 min
What was Ancient Israelite Religion actually like, and does it match up to the Biblical accounts?
We Need Racial Diversity in Ancient Studies!
Jun 9 • 57 min
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.
May 9 • 68 min
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
Apr 14 • 43 min
Death is the one common thread binding humanity together, but how we treat the dead and think about the afterlife varies by culture.
Ancient Egypt, Modern Egyptians
Feb 28 • 21 min
What importance does ancient Egypt hold for modern Egyptians, and what can museums do to recognize and honor this relationship? In this episode, Megan talks to Heba Abd el Gawad, Egyptian Egyptologist, Ph.D. student at Durham University, and postdoctoral…
Cuneiform and the Invention of Writing
Oct 31, 2019 • 78 min
Cuneiform is the world’s oldest writing system. Come and find out how, and why, it was invented!