Bethsaida of the First Century

With Prof. Rami Arav

Archaeologist Rami Arav believes the site of et-Tell was the Bethsaida of the New Testament. During a 1996 Israel visit I was able to sit down with Rami Arav and talk about his excavations. (This is the second half of the interview that began with the preceding program when we talked about the Iron Age level at et-Tell).

tags: Bethsaida et-Tell Rami Arav fishermen disciples

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Stamps and Seals

With Prof. Keith Schoville

New discoveries in Jerusalem, a stamp connected to first century temple worship and a seal discovered in the City of David.

tags: Seal Temple

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Writing in the First Century

With Scott Carroll

What archaeology tells us about the state of writing in the first century


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Sepphoris and the Mona Lisa of the Galilee, part 2

With Carol Meyers

In this 1989 interview, Duke University archaeologist Carol Meyers discusses the early years of the excavations at Sepphoris, an important first century Galilee city that overshadowed the nearby village of Nazareth. The discussion includes the discovery of one of the most beautiful ancient mosaics ever seen, the portrait of a woman that has become known as the Mona Lisa of the Galilee.

tags: Nazareth Galilee Sepphoris Mona Lisa Carol Meyers

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With Clyde Billington

More news digest items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine covered in this week's program with ARTIFAX co-editor Clyde Billington, including: The discovery of the garbage dump from first century Jerusalem including the remains of the Last Supper (not identified yet, but it's got to be in there somewhere) A cache of first century writing tablets from London, at the other end of the Roman Empire An abecedary (alphabet listing) from 15th century BC Egypt, the time of Moses And conclusive evidence that the ancient Coptic papyrus fragment that mentions the wife of Jesus is actually a forgery

tags: Jerusalem Jesus wife First century abecedary Garbage Writing Tablets

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