#1698

2020-03-05

Ethiopian Basilica & Church of the Glorious Martyr

With Clyde Billington

Two church discoveries are reported in the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. A church excavated in northern Ethiopia is the oldest church in sub-Saharan Africa and helps us understand the Christian history of that part of Africa. At Beth Shemesh in Israel, excavators have uncovered an impressive Byzantine church with beautiful mosaics and an inscription that dedicates the church to “The Glorious Martyr.” The identity of this martyr is not yet know. Also at Beth Shemesh, a large rock table has been excavated, which some believe may be connected to the story of the return of the Ark of the Covenant to the Israelites in I Samuel 6. And finally, we discuss the discovery of garum vats, a production facility for what some have called, “The Ketchup of the First Century.”

tags: Ethiopia Aksum Sudan Beth Shemesh Glorious Martyr Garum

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#1511

2016-02-02

Tel Beth Shemesh, part 2

With Dale Manor

In the last few years archaeologists at Tel Beth Shemesh have uncovered a Bronze Age palace, and a temple from several centuries later.

tags: Philistines Canaanites Amarna Letters Israelites Border Levitical cities

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#1510

2016-01-26

Tel Beth Shemesh

With Dale Manor

The current excavation has been going on for a quarter century, and Bet Shemesh has an interesting biblical history, as recorded in I Samuel 4-6. Dale Manor of Harding University is a field director of the dig and gives us an update on the site.

tags: Philistines Cistern Israelites Border

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