#1695

2020-02-14

Excavations Plans for 2020

With John DeLancey

It’s an annual tradition at the beginning of each new year to take a look at some of the excavations planned for the upcoming year. These are the institutional excavations, usually multi-year projects mounted by educational institutions, that mostly take place in the summer. (Salvage excavations, which make up 80% of the excavations in Israel take place year-round).

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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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#1667

2019-07-02

Tel Shiloh 2019

With Scott Stripling

Scott Stripling Scott Stripling This was the third season of excavations at Tel Shiloh, a site about a dozen miles north of Jerusalem that has traditionally been known as the first capital of Israel. It was home to the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant for 369 years. Then the ark was captured by the Philistines, returned to Israel and placed in Gibeon, and finally placed in the temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. Tel Shiloh was excavated by a Danish team about 100 years ago, by Israeli archaeologist Israel Finkelstein in the 1980s, and now by the Associates for Biblical Research. This current excavation is the most rigorous, with modern innovations such as wet sifting, which has allowed the discovery of scarabs and bullae (clay seal impressions) in greater numbers than most other excavations. So once again we talked with dig director Scott Stripling, provost of Bible Seminary in Katy Texas, about the results of the 2019 expedition. We also discovered this video, produced by an Israeli news team about the Shiloh excavation.

tags: Shiloh Tabernacle bullae Ark of the Covenant Scarabs Wet Sifting

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#1663

2019-06-01

The Shoulder of Hinnom Excavation, part 2

With Gabriel Barkay

Silver amulet scrolls found in a 1979 excavation at Ketef Hinnom, the Shoulder of Hinnom, in Jerusalem rank in the top 10 archaeological discoveries of Israel, according to a recent article in Haaretz newspaper. Ketef Hinnom overlooks the Hinnom Valley and, on the other side, the walled Old City of Jerusalem. And according to the Times of Israel, it is the site of a new Jerusalem city park. With those two articles fresh in my mind, I dug into The Book & The Spade archives to recover the 1983 interview with archaeologist Gabby Barkay, one of our first guests during the first year that our program was on the air. He told the story of the Ketef Hinnom excavation and the discovery of the silver amulet scrolls.

tags: Gabriel Barkay Silver amulet scrolls Ketef Hinnom Shoulder of Hinnom

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#1662

2019-05-29

The Ketef Hinnom Excavations

With Gabriel Barkay

Silver amulet scrolls found in a 1979 excavation at Ketef Hinnom, the Shoulder of Hinnom, in Jerusalem rank in the top 10 archaeological discoveries of Israel, according to a recent article in Haaretz newspaper. Ketef Hinnom overlooks the Hinnom Valley and, on the other side, the walled Old City of Jerusalem. And according to the Times of Israel, it is the site of a new Jerusalem city park. With those two articles fresh in my mind, I dug into The Book & The Spade archives to recover the 1983 interview with archaeologist Gabby Barkay, one of our first guests during the first year that our program was on the air. He told the story of the Ketef Hinnom excavation and the discovery of the silver amulet scrolls.

tags: Gabriel Barkay Silver amulet scrolls Ketef Hinnom Shoulder of Hinnom

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