#1648

2019-02-12

Yahweh Worshiped at Tel Dan

With Clyde Billington

King Jeroboam I of Israel erected golden calf statues at Dan and at Bethel, saying, "Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (I Kings 12:28) The idols were meant to keep people from going to Jerusalem to worship in the temple. But who were the people worshiping when they came to Dan and Bethel? Apparently Yahweh and not pagan Canaanite gods, judging by a new analysis of archaeological finds from years of excavations at Tel Dan. Before that discussion with my colleague, professor Clyde Billington, we reviewed another news item from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our quarterly biblical archaeology magazine: the excavations at Tel Keisan, near Acre, the Persian military base from which King Cambyses II launched an attack on Egypt in 525 BC. Also discussed in this program, the discovery of a tiny beka stone, used for weighing the half-shekel temple tax that was assessed on each Jewish male.

tags: Persians Tel Dan Jezreel Valley golden calf idol Jeroboam I Tel Keisan Cambyses II beka temple tax half shilling

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#1366

2013-01-23

Archaeological Tragedies - Gaza and the Temple Mount

With Prof. Keith Schoville

The human tragedies in the midst of the ongoing political problems in the Middle East are multitudinous. The children of the region have little hope that conditions will improve by the time they are adults. But in the midst of it all, there are archaeological tragedies too. On this program we review recent articles discussing the archaeological ruins that are threatened in Gaza, as well as the sordid story of unsupervised excavation on the Temple Mount. The Muslim Wakf appear to continue their campaign to erase the archaeological history of the sacred esplanade, one of the holiest and most sensitive locations on earth.

tags: Temple Mount Gaza Wakf

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#1348

2012-09-20

2012 Dig Season Archaeology News

With --

Lots of exciting discoveries and developments during the 2012 summer dig season, and we try to bring you up to date in this report. Mentions include a seal found at Tel Beit Shemesh that may depict Samson, ancient grain found at Hazor and Megiddo, and a Hellenistic harbor discovered at Acre. These and more are discussed, along with their biblical connections.

tags: Acre Megiddo Hazor Beit Shemesh

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#1290

2011-07-26

Jordan River, Shabbat Stone, and Acre

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Recent news articles reviewed covering the opening of a new baptismal site on the Jordan River, east of Jericho; the discovery of a Shabbat boundary stone in the Galilee, and information about Acre's underground Crusader City and the discovery of the ruins of a Byzantine church in Acre.

tags: Jordan River Baptism Site Shabbat Boundary Stone Acre Akko Underground Crusader City Byzantine Church Mordecai Aviam

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#1278

2011-05-06

Anson Rainey and the Sacred Bridge

With Prof. Anson Rainey

A rebroadcast of our final interview with the late Anson Rainey, discussing his final book, The Sacred Bridge. The interview is from early 2006.

tags: Anson Rainey The Sacred Bridge Bible Atlas

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