#1697

2020-03-04

Assyrian Rock Reliefs, Pilgrim Road News

With Clyde Billington

Assyrian rock reliefs, carved into a rocky cliff along an ancient canal in Kurdistan, are the cover story in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. This canal may have been dug by Israelite slave labor. We discuss the biblical significance of this discovery. We also discuss a recent discovery made in connection with the excavation of the Pilgrim’s Road, between the Pool of Siloam and the Temple Mount. A measuring table device used by an agoranomos to calibrate liquid measurement in the market place is an unusual looking artifact. And we discuss an Israelite name written on a piece of pottery found at Abel Beth Maacah, which indicates this border town belonged to the Israelites around 900 BC.

tags: Assyrian rock reliefs Kurdistan Pilgrim's Road Pool of Siloam Temple Mount Agoranomos Abel Beth Maacah

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#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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#1440

2014-08-07

Abel Beth Maacah 2014

With Robert Mullins

Abel Beth Maacah has now seen two seasons of excavation and we checked in again with professor Robert Mullins of Azusa Pacific University. Abel Beth Maacah was a border site between Israel and Syria in ancient times, and a small Aramean kingdom before that. Today it sits near the border between Israel and Lebanon. Our discussion included an update on the ancient silver hoard found during last season's dig, as well as the probing of a large pre-Israelite administrative building.

tags: Abel Beth Maacah Silver Arameans

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#1429

2014-05-21

The Silver Hoard of Abel Beth Maacah and Noah's Ark

With Clyde Billington

More items from the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. We discuss the silver hoard that was found during the first season of excavations at Abel Beth Maacah, near Dan, in northern Israel. We discuss the crown of thorns relic recently placed on display in Paris. And we discuss the recent discovery of a new version of the Noah’s Ark story in which the boat was actually round.

tags: Abel Beth Maacah Silver Crown of Thorns Louis IX Noah's Ark

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#1418

2014-03-04

2014 Dig Plans

With Todd Bolen

At the beginning of nearly every year we take a couple of programs to preview the planned excavations for the next dig season. This year we start with Abel Beth Maacah, a brand new excavation along the northern border of Israel. My guest is Todd Bolen, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, and editor of BiblePlaces.com. For many years Todd lived in Israel, taught at the college’s Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) program, and visited these sites on a regular basis.

tags: Bethsaida Abel Beth Maacah Jaffa

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