#1652

2019-03-13

From Dan to Beersheva

With John DeLancey

The traditional description of all of Israel is, “From Dan to Beersheva.” And on our Israel tour with John DeLancey last March, we visited both locations. Tel Dan is located in northern Israel, next to one of the sources of the Jordan River, and has been excavated for decades with some intriguing results. In particular, we visited the high place at Dan, where Jeroboam, king of Israel, erected a golden calf for his people to worship, so they wouldn’t go to the temple in Jerusalem, in the kingdom of Judah. At Tel Beersheva, we gathered at the gate of the city and reviewed the story of Abraham and the well of dispute recorded in Genesis 21.

tags: Altar Tel Dan Abraham golden calf idol Jeroboam I House of David Tel Beersheva well tamarisk tree horns

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#1610

2018-03-21

Roman Camp at Megiddo

With Clyde Billington

Megiddo, one of the most famous sites of biblical archaeology, is becoming even more so with archaeological developments in its neighborhood. While the tell excavation continues (a royal burial was announced recently), a new excavation across the road has been uncovering the remains of second century Roman camp, the largest known in the eastern Mediterranean. Down at the crossroads, about a mile away, an Israeli prison is being demolished. A more modern facility is being built elsewhere, so that the mosaics from Roman period homes can be displayed, one which identifies one of the earliest known Christian worship communities in Israel (discovered in 2005). We also discuss the mosaics found in Byzantine churches in the Galilee, reconnecting Ephesus to the Aegean Sea, a surveillance network in Syria, and an Assyrian document that echoes the story of Abraham from Genesis.

tags: Ephesus Megiddo Roman Legion Abraham prison mosaic church mosaics Cayster River Hagar

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#1523

2016-04-26

Haran of Abraham in Turkey, part 2

With Minna Silver

Archaeologist Minna Silver recently visited excavations in Turkey at the site of Haran, visited by the Patriarch Abraham on his journey to Canaan. Minna is studying the ancient Amorites. And although the Bible refers to Abraham as a wandering Aramean, there's also an Amorite connection. This is the second part of that interview.

tags: Turkey Patriarchs Abraham Bedouin Haran Nomads

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#1522

2016-04-20

Haran of Abraham in Turkey

With Minna Silver

Archaeologist Minna Silver recently visited excavations in Turkey at the site of Haran, visited by the Patriarch Abraham on his journey to Canaan. Minna is studying the ancient Amorites. And although the Bible refers to Abraham as a wandering Aramean, there's also an Amorite connection.

tags: Turkey Patriarchs Abraham Bedouin Haran Nomads

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#1520

2016-04-08

What's Up With the Hittites? Part 2

With Clyde Billington

The Hittites are mentioned in a number of verses in the Old Testament, from the time of Abraham to the time of David and Solomon. In this program and its predecessor, we fill in some of the blanks, including some information left out of the latest article on the Hittites in Biblical Archaeology Review. There are actually three different groups of Hittites in the biblical period.

tags: Egypt Hittites Abraham Uriah

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