#1707

2020-05-13

A Palace and Two Temples

With Clyde Billington

News stories have been published in recent months about a palace of the kings of Israel, near the modern city of Afula, and two temples: one Israelite and one Canaanite. A road project near Afula, in the Jezreel valley has uncovered the largest palace associated with the House of Omri (Ahad, Jezebel, etc.). Interestingly, it’s just about a half dozen miles from Tel Jezreel, where they had another palace. We also discuss a Canaanite temple excavated at Tel Lachish, and an Israelite temple excavated just outside of Jerusalem, less than a half dozen miles from the “official” Jerusalem temple.

tags: Ahab Omri Palace Afula Jezreel Jezebal Lachish Motza Jerusalem Temple

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#1697

2020-03-04

Assyrian Rock Reliefs, Pilgrim Road News

With Clyde Billington

Assyrian rock reliefs, carved into a rocky cliff along an ancient canal in Kurdistan, are the cover story in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. This canal may have been dug by Israelite slave labor. We discuss the biblical significance of this discovery. We also discuss a recent discovery made in connection with the excavation of the Pilgrim’s Road, between the Pool of Siloam and the Temple Mount. A measuring table device used by an agoranomos to calibrate liquid measurement in the market place is an unusual looking artifact. And we discuss an Israelite name written on a piece of pottery found at Abel Beth Maacah, which indicates this border town belonged to the Israelites around 900 BC.

tags: Assyrian rock reliefs Kurdistan Pilgrim's Road Pool of Siloam Temple Mount Agoranomos Abel Beth Maacah

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#1650

2019-02-26

A Visit to Tel Gezer

With John DeLancey

John DeLancey was a volunteer at the Bronze Age Gate excavation, which was digging the ancient Canaanite water system among other things. On this program (from last May's Israel tour), John orients us to the site and gives us his personal insights on the archaeology that has taken place at Tel Gezer, one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel.

tags: Water System Tel Gezer pendant Shephelah Via Maris gate

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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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#1647

2019-02-05

Beit Shemesh and Kiriath Yearim

With Clyde Billington

Two stories that are linked in the Ark of the Covenant tradition are reported in the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. After the ark was captured by the Philistines at the battle of Aphek, it was returned to the Israelites at Beit Shemesh in a cart pulled by two cows. (I Samuel 6:12) The men of Beit Shemesh didn’t know what to do with the ark, so they sent it to Kiriath Yearim. Both Beit Shemesh and Kiriath Yearim are under excavation at the present time. Beit Shemesh is yielding new information about the restoration of Judean cities after destruction by Sennacherib at the beginning of the 6th century BC. And Kiriath Yearim has an artificial mountain top, much like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These stories and the discoveries from Canaanite tombs excavated at Tel Megiddo are discussed in this week’s program.

tags: Israel Finkelstein Temple Mount Megiddo Beit Shemesh Olive Oil Aphek Sennacherib Kiriath Yearim Izbet Sarta Ebenezer Canaanite Tombs

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