#1619

2018-05-29

Finding Bethsaida

With Mordecai Aviam

We did this interview withi Mordecai Aviam in his office at Kinneret College, on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, where he is senior lecturer in the Department of the study of the Land of Israel. We discussed the recently begun excavation of el-Araj, a site along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which may be the New Testament city of Bethsaida. For 30 years the nearby site of et-Tel has borne the Bethsaida identification, but there are issues with et-Tel and el-Araj has compelling discoveries which may indicate it is the real Bethsaida.

tags: Bethsaida disciples apostles et-Tel el-Araj Julia Herod Philip

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#1489

2015-07-28

Daniel Schowalter

With Omrit 2015

Excavations continue in the area of a Roman Temple, possibly built by Herod in honor of Augustus Caesar, just a few miles from Banias. This excavation is increasing our understanding of the region of Caesara Philippi.

tags: Caesarea Philippi Omrit Banias Herodian Temple

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#1371

2013-02-27

Echo at Omrit

With Prof. Daniel Schowalter

Intriguingly, the gospels do not say that Jesus and His disciples went to Caesarea Philippi, but rather the region of Caesarea Philippi. So this Herodian temple being excavated by Carthage College professor Dan Schowalter and his colleagues, just three miles from modern Banias (Caesarea Philippi), is just close enough to squeeze into that story. What has been found at Omrit is quite interesting, including an inscription which mentions the nymph Echo. Professor Schowalter returns to The Book & The Spade to bring us up-to-date on the latest developments, on this excavation which just gets more and more interesting.

tags: Temple Caesarea Philippi Omrit Banias Dan Herod Echo Pan

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