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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2017 Top 10 Biblical Archaeology Stories

With Todd Bolen

Stories from 2017 that increased our biblical understanding, as we reported on the latest discoveries and developments in biblical archaeology. These are 10 of the top stories, a subjective list based on news coverage.

tags: Jerusalem Mosaics Byzantine Western Wall Roman theater Odeon Bouletarion

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Jerusalem's Roman Theater

With Clyde Billington

More stories from the news digest of the Autumn issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including the cover story on the discovery of the first Roman theater ever found in Jerusalem. Although Josephus mentions a Roman theater in Jerusalem in the first century, this new discovery is apparently not that theater, for reasons discussed on the program. This is a very small theater and may have been used for governing purposes, rather than entertainment. Other topics discussed on this program include the discovery of a Byzantine era mosaic at the Damascus Gate with a connection to the famous Nea Church built by the Emperor Justinian, and the discovery of bullae (clay seal impressions) from the First Temple Period.

tags: Jerusalem Damascus Gate Byzantine Western Wall Roman theater bullae Odeon Bouletarion Mosaic Nea Church Constantine Justinian First Temple Period

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The Kathisma Church

With Hershel Shanks

Hershel Shanks is stepping down as editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, the most influential and widely circulated magazine on biblical archaeology. BAR, as its known, has been a frequent part of our radio program and Hershel has been interviewed several times. This is the most recent interview from 2006, discussing the recent excavation of a Byzantine era church that was located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, honoring the Virgin Mary.

tags: Bethlehem Kathisma Mary Biblical Archaeology Review

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Huqoq Synagogue Mosaics 2016, part 2

With Jodi Magness

More from archaeologist Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the beautiful mosaics excavated in the Huqoq synagogue, near the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee.

tags: Mosaics Jodi Magness Galilee Byzantine Synagogue

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