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.
With Clyde Billington
Discussing some of the items in the archaeology news digests in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, Professor Clyde Billington and I discuss the discovery of the Stone Rejected by the Builders in the western wall of the Temple Mount, the stone mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 21:42, quoting Psalm 118:22-23. We also report on the discovery of counting tokens used several millenia after writing and record keeping supposedly transitioned from the use of tokens to cuneiform. The story of the invention of writing is intertwined with the biblical story and the history of Christianity.
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.
It’s been a bountiful excavation season this summer in Israel, and one of the most exciting discoveries occurred at the end of the season, after most of the institutional excavations ended. The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a cistern from the First Temple Period, the time of the kings of Judah. The cistern is located at the Southwest corner of the Temple Mount, underneath Robinson’s Arch, a first century Herodian Street, and a drainage channel under the street. Down below all of those levels, a large community cistern was discovered when a worker noticed a loose paver and decided to see what was underneath.