#1624

2018-08-08

Who Is This Biblical King?

With Clyde Billington

On the cover of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the photograph of the head off of a small statue that is believed to depict a king from the 9th century BC. But is it a king of Israel, Aram, Phoenicia, or somewhere else? This faience face was excavated in 2017 at Abel Beth Maacah, a border town down through much of history, as it is today, located between Israel and Lebanon. It is now on display at the Israel Museum. On this program we also discuss more of the news coverage featured in the latest ARTIFAX issue, in particular excavations at the two sites vying to be the biblical Bethsaida, home of three of the Apostles. Excavations continued this summer at et-Tell and El-Araj, the two sites, and first century A.D. remains were found at both locations. Excavations will continue again next year in an attempt to solve this biblical mystery.

tags: Bethsaida et-Tell Abel Beth Maacah Israel el-Araj Statue Aram Phoenicia King faience face

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#1611

2018-03-27

What the Ancients Thought of Jesus

With Mark Chavalas

Ancient historians didn't completely ignore Jesus and the nascent Christian movement, there are a few mentions. So, as we prepare for Easter, a time when many different media perspectives on Jesus proliferate, we take a look at what people wrote about him almost 2000 years ago. Our guest on this week's program is Mark Chavalas, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. His column on what the ancients thought about Jesus is featured in the latest issue of our quarterly magazine, ARTIFAX.

tags: Josephus Jesus Celsus historians

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#1608

2018-03-07

Governor of the City Seal

With Clyde Billington

Reviewing archaeology news reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, we cover a seal impression (bulla) which has the inscription, "Governor of the City." This conforms to two separate scriptural mentions of the Governor of the City of Jerusalem. This seal impression was found by Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists working in the western wall plaza area, near the Temple Mount. Also in this program, we discuss several reports from Egypt, including a new investigation of King Tut's tomb and the discovery of a void inside of the great pyramid. And finally, a few words about the great work done by Andrews University archaeologists over the past 50 years at the site of Tall Hisban in Jordan.

tags: Jerusalem Heshbon King Tut Western Wall Governor of the City Tall Hisban Andrews University

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#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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#1599

2017-12-07

Biblical Archaeology in Context, part 2

With Randall Price

Well the book is out, it's called the Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology. It's a great resource of information about the relevant discoveries in biblical archaeology, book by book. This handbook makes the final connection to the biblical text that we sometimes fail to make in our discussions about the latest discoveries and developments, and is up-to-date with recent finds. The book also includes some good words about ARTIFAX, our quarterly news magazine about biblical archaeology.

tags: Biblical Archaeology Bible context relevance

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