With Clyde Billington
Every year we draw attention to all of the interesting excavations in Biblical Archaeology by highlighting ten of the most exciting discoveries or announcements of the previous year. This year the top discovery on the list goes right to the heart of the Christian faith, the opening up of the traditional tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There are nine more on the list, one all the way at the other end of the Roman Empire.
With Darrell Bock
Archaeologists and conservators in Jerusalem are repairing the edicule, a small structure that covers the traditional location of the tomb of Jesus in the rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. During a 60-hour period they were able to remove the marble covering of the stone tomb and observe for the first time in four and a half centuries the actual stone bench on which the body of Jesus is believed to have lain. But could this actually be the Tomb of Jesus? There are questions about which site is right so we went to Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary to seek some answers.
With Prof. Clyde Billington
The latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine has, on its cover, a photo of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, which is a half block away from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and has its own unique history. The magazine has an article by Tom Powers, discussing the latest archaeology under the church. On this program professor Clyde Billington, my co-editor of ARTIFAX, discusses with me this item and two other news developments that are covered in this issue. The other two are the discovery of an Egyptian scarab in the City of David area of Jerusalem, and the discovery of a Greek warrior’s helmet in Haifa Bay.
With Tikva Levine
For the Christmas and Hanukkah season we’ve reached into the archives and retrieved a program that came out of our 1994 Book & The Spade Holyland tour. It’s a quick visit to some of the most well known churches in the Holyland, churches at locations associated with the life of Jesus Christ. Our tour guide, archaeologist Tikva Levine, shares information on the historical background of these churches.