#1708

2020-05-19

The First Marathon - Olive and Date Archaeology

With Clyde Billington

Centuries before the famous running messenger who told the tale of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon, another messenger took the tale of a disastrous Israelite defeat at the hands of the Philistines back to the Israelite Temple at Shiloh. The message was just the opposite, but the distance was about the same. And thus, today there is a marathon race in Israel that goes from Tel Aphek, the site of the battle, to Tel Shiloh. In addition to this fascinating story that connects archaeology to sports, we have two more stories that connect archaeological research to two important foods of the region: olives and dates. These stories and more in this week's program, discussing stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine.

tags: Marathan Shiloh Aphek Ebenezer Olives Dates Methusaleh

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#1597

2017-11-22

Smashed Pharaoh Statue Head from Hazor

With Clyde Billington

More news stories from the archaeology news digests of the autumn issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including information on the discovery of the smashed head from a statue of an Egyptian king of the Old Kingdom period that somehow found itself to an archaeological level dated 1,00 years later, at the Canaanite city of Hazor. Other news stories include the discovery of a possible Canaanite Temple at Tel Burna (believed to be the Old Testament city of Libnah), the discovery of Hellenistic Greek temple at Gadara (overlooking the Sea of Galilee), and a complaint about the city of Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

tags: Hazor Sea of Galilee Tel Burna Pharaoh Archaeology Statue Old Kingdom Canaanite Temple Libnah Gadara Greek Temple Tiberias

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#1482

2015-06-03

The Mask of Pan

With Clyde Billington

Archaeologists found a bronze mask of the Greek/Roman god Pan at the decapolis city of Hippos/Sussita. Who was Pan and how did he relate to the biblical story? That’s one of the topics we discuss in this program, reporting on news digest items from the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. Other topics include an ancient Christian grave yard found in Saudi Arabia, and a cache of Egyptian seals from in the Negev desert.

tags: Decapolis Caesarea Philippi Banias Pan Hippos/Sussita pagan gods

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#1346

2012-09-06

Four Persian Kings

With Prof. Mike Caba

Four Kings of Persia are mentioned in Ezra 4:5-7: Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes. These same four are mentioned in the writings of the Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides. And archaeologists have found their ancient reigns well attested. In the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, professor Mike Caba connects these threads of ancient history. And on this program he discusses the connections and their significance, starting with Cyrus and the Cyrus Cylinder.

tags: Cyrus cylinder Darius Xerxes Artaxerxes Ezra Herodotus Thucydides Persians

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#1330

2012-05-17

Jerusalem's Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

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.

tags: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Egyptian Scarab Greek Helmet

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