#1466

2015-02-17

Herod's Palaces and Hadrian Inscription

With Clyde Billington

Some of the stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the Winter 2015 issue, just out: Items include the newly discovered monumental entrance at Herodium, the newly opened site of Herod’s palace in Jerusalem – where some say Jesus appeared before Pilate, and a commemorative Latin inscription to the Roman emperor Hadrian.

tags: Herodium Herod's palaces Kishle Pilate Hadrian Latin inscription.

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#1426

2014-05-01

Visiting Archaeological Sites

With Steve Ortiz & Barry Gittlen

For this program, announcing our 2015 Israel tour, I went to the archives to dig up the report on our visit to the excavations at Tel Mike-Ekron during our 1996 tour. At the end of our 1996 tour, we stopped at the Tel Mikne dig as the archaeologists were beginning the last of their 14 seasons of excavations. We were courteously shown around the site by two experienced archaeologists, Steve Ortiz and Barry Gittlen.

tags: Philistines Tel Mikne Ekron Israel Tour

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#1386

2013-07-09

Jezreel, Jezebel, and Naboth's Vineyard, part 2

With Jennie Ebeling

Excavations have resumed at Tel Jezreel, the home away from home for Ahab and Jezebel, after a 15-year hiatus. Jennie Ebeling of Evansville University is co-director of the new excavation and fills us in on what they found during their first dig season this summer. One of the finds, one of the largest winepresses ever discovered in Israel.

tags: Jezreel Ahab Jezebel Naboth Jennie Ebeling

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#1351

2012-10-10

Excavating Abel Beth Maacah

With Prof. Robert Mullins

There are tells all over Israel, still waiting to be dug, to discover the secrets they hold. This is one of the newest excavations, a tell near the northern border of Israel. Abel Beth Maacah was conquered by the Aramean King Ben Hadad (I Kings 15:20) and the Assyrian King Tiglath Pileser III (II Kings 15:29). Most interestingly, it figured in the story of the second revolt against King David, the one after Absalom's revolt. II Samuel 20 tells the story of Sheba, son of Bichri, who challenged David and then holed up at Abel Beth Maacah. Joab arrived with David's Army. But instead of a long siege a "wise woman" bargained with Joab from the city wall and then convinced the leaders of her city to kill Sheba and throw his head over the wall. So that ended that. Azusa Pacific University professor Robert Mullins has been wanting to dig this site for several decades, while he worked on excavations elsewhere in Israel. He surveyed the tell this past summer, and plans to begin digging next summer.

tags: Abel Beth Maacah Azusa Pacific University Robert Mullins

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#1106

2007-11-11

2008 Tour Preview

With Co-host Keith Schoville

Our first holyland tour together in 15 years

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