#1672

2019-08-08

Ziklag, Huqoq, and First Century Fast Food

With Clyde Billington

More news items to discuss from the many news reports in the summer issue of ARTIFAX, the biblical archaeology news magazine. Ziklag, a city associated with King David, has been tentatively identified at a dozen different locations in Israel but now finally we have the correct location, says archaeology Yosef Garfinkel. (Other archaeologists are not so sure.) More mosaic discoveries in this summer's excavations at Huqoq, at the site of a fifth century synagogue overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The mosaics depict the Exodus spring of Elim, and the four beasts of Daniel 7. We also discuss a photo from professsor Carl Rasmussen, showing a first century thermopolia, a fast food establishment excavated at Pompeii. In the first century this is where people got their food because they didn't have kitchens in their high rise apartments.

tags: Huqoq David Garfinkel Mosaic Ziklag Elim Daniel fast food thermopolia

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#1666

2019-06-26

Magdala, Home of Mary Magdalene

With Shlomo Ben Asher

One of the most recent archaeological excavation sites that we visit in Israel is Magdala, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The excavation started at Magdala only 10 years ago. Just inches below the surface, archaeologists discovered the remains of a first century synagogue, one of only seven such synagogues discovered in Israel thus far. The odds that Jesus visited this synagogue are probably better than any of the others. In the excavation, archaeologists uncovered a uniquely carved stone platform, which was called a podium, by our Israeli guide Shlomo Ben Asher. It’s true purpose is unknown, and subject to speculation.

tags: Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene Shlomo Ben Asher

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#1665

2019-06-18

Visiting Capernaum

With John DeLancey

Capernaum was the city that Jesus called home during his three years of ministry. You can see first century ruins at the archaeological site of Capernaum, as we saw when we visited Capernaum last year during our Book & The Space Archaeological Adventure Tour. The synagogue where John DeLancey recounted some of the Gospel stories of Jesus’ activities in Capernaum was built later, several centuries later, but probably on the same site as the synagogue from Jesus’ time.

tags: Galilee Synagogue Jesus Capernaum

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#1626

2018-08-23

Carbon 14 Dating + Sepphoris and Tiberias

With Clyde Billington

Reviewing more reports from the summer issue of ARTIFAX magazine, we discuss research into the accuracy of Carbon-14 dating, and significant questions that have been raised. We also discuss the discovery of an underground winepress at Sepphoris and a Jewish burial cave from Tiberias, the two cities thata served as the capitals of the Galilee during the time of Jesus. And finally, brief mentions of a report that the government of Israel is going to invest $140 million in archaeology to benefit tourism, and an archaeological fraternity has been formed at George Washington University.

tags: Sepphoris winepress Carbon 14 Tiberias archaeological fraternity

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#1625

2018-08-18

Jonah's Whale and Mosaic Discoveries

With Clyde Billington

Reviewing some of the recent news reported in the summer issue of ARTIFAX magazine, we take a look at some mosaic stories. Once again this summer, another mosaic image is released from the Huqoq synagogue excavation in the Galilee: a picture of the two Israelite spies returning from Canaan with a large cluster of grapes. We also mention the recent discovery of another beautiful mosaic on the property that is being excavated in preparation for the construction of a mosaic museum at Lod. And the excavation of St. Hilarion’s Monastery in Gaza, the oldest monastery in the region, will include mosaic remains. We also discover archaeologists have found evidence that certain types of whales, which fit the story of Jonah, once actually were found in the Mediterranean, contrary to popular belief. The story comes from an excavation of Roman ruins at Gibralter.

tags: Huqoq Gaza Jonah Romans Canaan Mosaic spies grapes Lod Museum St. Hilarion monastery whales Gibralter

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