#1526

2016-05-18

Ordinary People Discoveries

With Clyde Billington

A farmer, a school boy, a school girl, two scuba divers…these are ordinary people who have made major discoveries in biblical archaeology in the last week, or the last few months. A lady walking with some friends from a kibbutz discovered a gold Roman coin (see photo); only two such coins are known to exist and the other one is in the British Museum.

tags: Caesarea Maritima ARTIFAX Horns of Hattin Tiberias |

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#1525

2016-05-11

Exodus and the High Priests of Amun, part 2

With Charles Aling

More from Egyptologist Charles Aling, looking at role-changing clues to the impact of the Exodus. Professor Aling examines three important positions that were often all three held by the high priest of Amun. But after the reign of Amenhotep II -- who may be the pharaoh of the Exodus, going by the Bible's internal chronology -- these positions changed significantly, as if the reigning pharaohs no longer trusted the high priests of Amun. An intriguing suggestion that the Exodus changed the Egyptian ruling class, right up to the reign of Akhenaten.

tags: Egypt Exodus Amenhotep II Akhenaten

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#1524

2016-05-05

Exodus and the High Priests of Amon

With Charles Aling

Egyptologist Charles Aling returns to TB&TS with a discussion of his article in the Winter issue of ARTIFAX magazine, looking at role-changing clues to the impact of the Exodus. Professor Aling examines three important positions that were often all three held by the high priest of Amon. But after the reign of Amenhotep II -- who may be the pharaoh of the Exodus, going by the Bible's internal chronology -- these positions changed significantly, as if the reigning pharaohs no longer trusted the high priests of Amon. An intriguing suggestion that the Exodus changed the Egyptian ruling class, right up to the reign of Akhenaten.

tags: Egypt Exodus Amenhotep II Akhenaten

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#1517

2016-03-17

Astronomically Easter

With Bradley Schaefer

We enjoyed talking with LSU astronomer Bradley Schaeffer about the Star of Bethlehem last year, so we invited him back on the program to give us an astronomical perspective on the Easter holiday, particularly Good Friday. Astronomers are keepers of the calendar, so astronomical information has a bearing on some of our most important holidays, and may help us cut through some of the ambiguity of the biblical texts.

tags: Astronomy Easter Good Friday Calendar

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#1516

2016-03-09

The Harbor of Corinth and the Fortress of Machaerus

With Clyde Billington

Archaeological work is being done underwater to study the western harbor of Corinth, Lechaion on the Corinthian Gulf. Ancient Corinth profited greatly from the maritime traffic across the isthmus from the western harbor of Lechaion to the eastern harbor of Cenchrae. The work currently underway is looking at construction dating to around 500 A.D. Authorities in Jordan have announced the reconstruction of Herod's mountaintop fortress of Machaerus, where Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist (as reported in Mark 6:21-29) after the dance of Salome. We discuss these two news items that were reported in the winter 2016 issue of ARTIFAX magazine.

tags: Jordan Corinth Herod Corinthians Greece Machaerus

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