#1691

2019-12-27

Top 10 Stories of Biblical Archaeology for 2019

With Gordon Govier

A lot of great discoveries in the year just past and I review my picks for ten of the most significant Biblical Archaeology stories of the year. This is the list that I annually put together for Christianity Today.

tags: Pilgrim Road Emmaus Natan-Melech Adonijah bullae

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#1686

2019-11-12

Hippos Sussita Mosaics

With Clyde Billington

Hippos/Sussita, one of the New Testament cities of the decapolis, is the home to at least a half dozen Byzantine churches which have been, or are being, excavated. The latest report from these excavations concerned beautiful mosaics found in one of the churches. The mosaics, among other things, portray Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000, which occurred (somewhere) nearby. We discuss this discovery and others that have been reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine, including a beautiful staircase at Hazor which is believed to lead to a plaza and a palace. Then there's the Goliath Wall at Gath, a massive city wall from the time of David and Goliath that is twice as thick as the later walls that were excavated on top of it. And finally, year-round excavations have begun at Assos, a city along the coast of western Turkey that was visited by the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:13). Archaeologists have been working here for 38 years, but are now picking up the pace, to make the site more interesting to visitors.

tags: Gath Mosaics Hippos Sussita Byzantine Churches Hazor Goliath Feeding 5000 Wal Assos staircase

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#1679

2019-09-24

Jesus and the Synagogue

With Jordan Ryan

The synagogue is a significant part of Jesus' ministry, as recounted in the Gospels. And so little is known about the beginnings of the synagogue, that the Gospel accounts are actually a major resource for such studies. Wheaton College professor Jordan Ryan, author of The Role of the Synagogue in the Aims of Jesus (Fortress Press, 2017), has excavated at Magdala, where one of the most recently discovered first century synagogues was discovered, and has extensively studied the history of the synagogue. In addition to this 3-part interview, Ryan will be speaking in Madison on Saturday, October 19, 2019, International Archaeology Day. His talk is at 7pm at Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall #200, on the University of Wisconsin campus. Presented by the Madison Biblical Archaeology Society and Upper House. More information and registration here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-synagogue-in-the-new-testament-a-new-frontier-in-biblical-archeology-tickets-66677503207

tags: Nazareth Synagogue Magdala Jesus

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#1674

2019-08-21

Thessalonian Subways and Seneca's History

With Clyde Billington

Our final review of archaeology digest news items from the Summer 2019 issue of ARTIFAX news magazine includes information from Thessalonica, where a subway construction project is far behind schedule due to all of the archaeological treasures which are being found, and a copy of Seneca's Histories has been found for the first time in history. Up til now Seneca's work has only been found quoted in other ancient documents. Other news items include the excavation plans for the huge hippodrome at Laodicea, one of the seven cities of Revelation; a discovery of the oldest shipwreck in the Mediterranean (dating to 1600 BC) carrying a cargo of copper ingots, and plans to make the historic site of Karkemish an open air museum along the Euphrates River.

tags: Laodicea Copper Thessalonica subway Seneca history histories hippodrome Mediterranean shipwreak ingots Karkemish Euphrates

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#1673

2019-08-15

Room of the Last Supper and the Sons of Immer

With Clyde Billington

More discussion of biblical archaeology digest news items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine: Room of the Last Supper - a laser scan of this medieval construction which commemorates the Upper Room has revealed faded artwork on the walls. Another biblical name has been found on a clay seal impression. The bulla says, "Belonging to Ga'alyahu, son of Immer." The family of Immer is widely attested in the Bible, particularly Jeremiah 20:1. 3D photography has also been used to preserve the excavated remains of a 9,000-year old Neolithic settlement discovered just 3 miles west of Jerusalem at Motza junction. A Watchtower in the Negev desert has been excavated by volunteers from IDF paratroopers.

tags: Seal Bulla Negev Cenacle Last Supper Upper Room Immer Ga'alyahu Motza Watchtower paratroopers

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