#1690

2019-12-11

The Givati Car Park Excavation

With Yiftah Shalev

Located between the Temple Mount and the City of David area, the Givati Car Park Excavation has been going on for the last 12 years, methodically removing layer after layer of accumulated history. We have reported on some of the exciting discoveries of that period, including a horde of Byzantine gold coins, the palace of Queen Helene of Adiabene, the figurine of a boxer, and most recently the seal impression (bulla) of Natan-Melech, servant of the king, who is mentioned in the Bible. Finally, we have the opportunity to discuss the excavation with one of the co-directors, Yiftah Shalev, of the Israel Antiquities Authority. We can learn some of the background of the excavation, how the focus is changing with new leadership, and some of the advanced techniques and technology being used.

tags: Givati Dung Gate Tyropean Valley City of David Natan Melech Bulla

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#1689

2019-12-07

The Givati Car Park Excavation

With Yiftah Shalev

Located between the Temple Mount and the City of David area, the Givati Car Park Excavation has been going on for the last 12 years, methodically removing layer after layer of accumulated history. We have reported on some of the exciting discoveries of that period, including a horde of Byzantine gold coins, the palace of Queen Helene of Adiabene, the figurine of a boxer, and most recently the seal impression (bulla) of Natan-Melech, servant of the king, who is mentioned in the Bible. Finally, we have the opportunity to discuss the excavation with one of the co-directors, Yiftah Shalev, of the Israel Antiquities Authority. We can learn some of the background of the excavation, how the focus is changing with new leadership, and some of the advanced techniques and technology being used.

tags: Givati Dung Gate Tyropean Valley City of David Natan Melech Bulla

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#1661

2019-05-21

Psalm 122: A Psalm of Ascent

With Gordon Govier

Last week I had three opportunities to share some thoughts about Psalm 122 and the archaeology of Jerusalem. One of those events was recorded, so I’m sharing a condensed version of that presentation on this week’s program. The Psalms of Ascent were a part of the pilgrimage experience of Jewish worshippers traveling to the Temple in Jerusalem for the three festivals: Unleavened Bread (Passover), Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), and Feast of Booths (Sukkot) [Deuteronomy 16:16]. In my short presentation I talk about some of the history of Jerusalem, as well as some of the biblical archaeology discoveries that connect Jerusalem with the biblical story.

tags: Jerusalem Pilgrimage Archaeology Psalm 122 Psalms of Ascent feasts

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#1657

2019-04-23

Natan-Melech, Servant of the King

With Clyde Billington

One of the most exciting discoveries announced in biblical archaeology so far this year is highlighted on the cover of the latest issue of our quarterly magazine ARTIFAX, a seal impression bearing the name of a man who is referenced in II Kings 23:11: Nathan-Melech. The seal impression, or bulla, was found in the ruins of a burned out administrative building dating to the 5th-6th century BC at a site known as the Givati Car Park excavation. This is a 12-year (so far) excavation just outside the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem, next to the entrance to the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem. The biblical reference and the text of the bulla both describe Nathan Melech as "servant of the king." It might not be the same guy, but odds would say it probably is. Along with this bulla, an actual stamp seal was also found in approximately the same place, with the inscription "(belonging) to Ikar son of Matanyahu." Ikar is not known from the Bible. Also on this program, we discuss the 50-year anniversary of the Madeba Plains Project. This is an ongoing excavation involved three major sites in Jordan, handled principly by archaeologists connected with colleges of the Seventh Day Adventist Chuch. The Madeba Plains Project is widely regarded as an exemplary archaeological operation.

tags: Jordan Seal Heshbon Bulla excavation Natan Melech Givati Madeba Plains Jalul

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#1648

2019-02-12

Yahweh Worshiped at Tel Dan

With Clyde Billington

King Jeroboam I of Israel erected golden calf statues at Dan and at Bethel, saying, "Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (I Kings 12:28) The idols were meant to keep people from going to Jerusalem to worship in the temple. But who were the people worshiping when they came to Dan and Bethel? Apparently Yahweh and not pagan Canaanite gods, judging by a new analysis of archaeological finds from years of excavations at Tel Dan. Before that discussion with my colleague, professor Clyde Billington, we reviewed another news item from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our quarterly biblical archaeology magazine: the excavations at Tel Keisan, near Acre, the Persian military base from which King Cambyses II launched an attack on Egypt in 525 BC. Also discussed in this program, the discovery of a tiny beka stone, used for weighing the half-shekel temple tax that was assessed on each Jewish male.

tags: Persians Tel Dan Jezreel Valley golden calf idol Jeroboam I Tel Keisan Cambyses II beka temple tax half shilling

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