#1518

2016-03-24

Astronomically Easter, part 2

With Bradley Schaefer

LSU astronomer Bradley Schaeffer gives us more of the 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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#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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#1513

2016-02-17

Remembering Yoram Tsafrir

With Yoram Tsafrir

During a visit to Israel in 2001 I had a chance to talk with archaeologist Yoram Tsafrir at Hebrew University about his excavations at Tel Betshean. Tel Betshean is one of the most interesting stops on our tours: a Roman city — one of the cities of the decapolis in Jesus’ time, when it was known as Scythopolis. It sits in the shadow of a large tel upon which sat the Old Testament city of Betshean, the walls upon which the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung upon after their defeat by the Philistines. Yoram Tsafrir died last November, he was 77. We present this interview from our archives in his memory.

tags: Philistines Decapolis Betshean Scythopolis

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#1501

2015-11-11

Tut's Tomb and the Acra Fortress

With Clyde Billington

The two hottest stories in archaeology right now are: the search for additional rooms in the tomb of King Tutankhamun (possibly the tomb of Nefertiti or some other pharaoh), and the discovery of the Hellenistic fortress known as the Acra, right outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. On this program, professor Clyde Billington (my co-editor on ARTIFAX magazine) brings our listeners up-to-date on what's happening with these two stories and supplies some background information to help explain their significance and their connection to biblical archaeology.

tags: Acra Fortress Nefertiti Tutankhamun Antiochus Epiphanes

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#1492

2015-08-20

Eshba'al's Jar and Nefertiti's Tomb

With Clyde Billington

One of the most exciting reports of discoveries and developments this year is actually about an inscription that was found in 2012. The inscription comes from the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation, directed by Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor (pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu). The inscription gives the name Eshba’al, a name that is found in history only one other time, in fact in the Bible-I Chron 8:33, as the fourth son of King Saul. The fact that this inscription dates to the 10th century BC, the time of David and Saul, adds more weight to the significance of the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation. This is the fourth 10th century inscription found in just the last half dozen years or so, before which there were none. On the second half of this program, featuring my ARTIFAX co-editor Clyde Billington, we discuss reports that archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes he has found evidence that the tomb of King Tutahnkamen has more chambers, and that he thinks the evidence also suggests that King Tut’s tomb was actually, originally, the tomb of Nefertiti, Tut’s stepmother. This is an interesting story to keep an eye on.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa 10th century inscriptions Eshbaal Garfinkel Nefertiti Tutankhamen

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