#1696

2020-02-18

Recent News: Legio, Ecole Biblique Centennial, and the Tomb of the Kings

With Clyde Billington

Reviewing news digest items from the recently published winter issue of ARTIFAX, our Biblical Archaeology Newsmagazine, we first noted a video posted on our website at radioscribe.com that features a lecture by Matthew Adams on the excavations of Legio, the second century Roman fort at Megiddo. After four seasons, some intriguing discoveries have been made. We also discussed the centennial of Ecole Biblique, home of French archaeology in the Holyland; the reopening of the Tombs of the Kings, which aren’t actually tombs of kings but of a queen instead; and the reopening of the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem.

tags: Matt Adams ASOR Legio Megiddo Ecole Biblique Tombs of the Kings Temple Mount Sifting Project

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#1691

2019-12-27

Top 10 Stories of Biblical Archaeology for 2019

With Gordon Govier

A lot of great discoveries in the year just past and I review my picks for ten of the most significant Biblical Archaeology stories of the year. This is the list that I annually put together for Christianity Today.

tags: Pilgrim Road Emmaus Natan-Melech Adonijah bullae

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#1659

2019-05-08

Horses and Dogs in the Bible

With Clyde Billington

The recent discoveries of two separate horse figurines in northern Israel, reported in our magazine ARTIFAX, and an article about "Dogs in the Biblical World" in Biblical Archaeology Review, gave us the opportunity to talk about these two biblical species. Typically we think of camels and donkeys as biblical animals, but horses are mentioned from Genesis to Revelation, and dogs are also mentioned in the biblical and apocryphal books. In this program, my ARTIFAX co-editor Clyde Billington and I discuss what the Bible and the archaeology has to say about horses and dogs

tags: Horses dogs

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#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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#1635

2018-11-13

Jerusalem Inscription/The Scroll vs. The Codex

With Clyde Billington

The cover story of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reports on the discovery of an inscription from 100 BC that mentions Jerusalem. The inscription was found at the west end of modern Jerusalem, near the central bus station. It appears 2,000 years ago this was a small pottery village that served the nearby city of Jerusalem and the pilgrims who visited its temple. We also discuss a column by Larry Hurtado in the November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology Review which reports that it were the early Christians who pioneered a new innovation in writing, the codex, which eventually displaced the scroll. The evidence is overwhelming, and fascinating.

tags: Jerusalem Inscription Dodalos potter village scroll codex Christian writers Scripture

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