#1596

2017-11-16

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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#1594

2017-11-01

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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#1452

2014-11-05

Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 3

With Father Eamon Kelly

The excavations at Magdala began as a salvage excavation, as a Catholic order began plans to build a retreat center along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Father Eamon Kelly, the assistant director of the Magdala Center, says that they prayed that there would be no archaeology found, or if there was, that it would be something good like a Byzantine church. What was actually found exceeded everyone's expectations, the intact ruins of a first century city from the time of Jesus.

tags: Galilee disciples Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene apostles New Testament

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#1327

2012-04-25

Hippos/Sussita - a city of the Decapolis, part 2

With Prof. Mark Schuler

More conversations about the Byzantine church excavations at Hippos/Sussita, as well as a couple of tie-ins to the gospels and a reference Jesus may have made to this decapolis city.

tags: Hippos Sussita Decapolis Byzantine Churches Sermon on the Mount

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#1326

2012-04-18

Hippos/Sussita - a city of the Decapolis

With Prof. Mark Schuler

When we first discussed Hippos/Sussita in the early days of The Book & The Spade, it was a major site just waiting to be excavated by archaeologists. Finally, a dozen years ago, the archaeologists arrived. We have been reporting on exciting discoveries at Hippos/Sussita in the last few years, finally our chance to talk with an archaeologist who has been working there: prof. Mark Schuler of Concordia University in St. Paul. Prof. Schuler is in charge of the excavations in the NE quadrant of this hilltop city overlooking the Sea of Galilee, including one of the eight Byzantine churches that have been identified.

tags: Hippos Sussita Decapolis Byzantine Churches Deaconess

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