#1606

2018-02-20

Herod's Royal Winery at Herodion

With Clyde Billington

Once again we’re reviewing the latest news stories about biblical archaeology that have appeared in the digest of the most recent issue of ARTIFAX magazine but haven’t been discussed on the air yet. There are three items in this review. The first involves excavations in the honeycomb of tunnels beneath Herod’s mountain-top fortress/palace at Herodion. Among other things, archaeologists have discovered the remains of Herod’s winery, including wine jars (amphorae) that were imported from Italy. We also discuss the Akra Fortress, on a hilltop that no longer exists just southeast of the Temple Mount. Who leveled the hilltop? Dr. Billington, in his article in ARTIFAX, suggests it was Herod. And finally, the latest news from the renovations in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem a year ago last October, when researchers got their first look at the traditional tomb of Jesus in 500 years. According to analysis of the mortar samples from the site, the oldest construction dates to A.D. 325, exactly when tradition says the Emperor Constantine had the church built.

tags: Temple Mount wine Herodion Akra Fortress Holy Sepulcher

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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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#1391

2013-08-15

Samson and the Sphinx

With Todd Bolen

This program includes the third and final segment of a series of conversations with Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com on the most exciting discoveries of this summer's archaeological excavations in Israel. We cover the discovery of another synagogue floor mosaic depicting Samson at Huqoq, near the Sea of Galilee. We also discuss the discovery of a fragment of a 4500-year old Sphinx at Hazor, the first sphinx ever found outside of Egypt.

tags: Mosaics Huqoq Hazor Samson Sphinx

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#1362

2012-12-25

Frankincense Returns to Israel

With Matthew Kalman

Journalist Matthew Kalman returns to The Book & The Spade to discuss his latest news scoop, the return of Frankincense in Israel. We talked to Matthew about his interview with Dr. Elaine Soloway, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. She is the botanist who we have discussed several times in recent years for her work in nurturing a 2,000-year old date seed to grow. The date palm tree is now seven years old. But Dr. Soloway has a new project, the first frankincense tree to grow in Israel in 1,500 years.

tags: Matthew Kalman Elaine Soloway Methuselah Date Palm Frankincense Israel Arava

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