#1647

2019-02-05

Beit Shemesh and Kiriath Yearim

With Clyde Billington

Two stories that are linked in the Ark of the Covenant tradition are reported in the news digest of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. After the ark was captured by the Philistines at the battle of Aphek, it was returned to the Israelites at Beit Shemesh in a cart pulled by two cows. (I Samuel 6:12) The men of Beit Shemesh didn’t know what to do with the ark, so they sent it to Kiriath Yearim. Both Beit Shemesh and Kiriath Yearim are under excavation at the present time. Beit Shemesh is yielding new information about the restoration of Judean cities after destruction by Sennacherib at the beginning of the 6th century BC. And Kiriath Yearim has an artificial mountain top, much like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These stories and the discoveries from Canaanite tombs excavated at Tel Megiddo are discussed in this week’s program.

tags: Israel Finkelstein Temple Mount Megiddo Beit Shemesh Olive Oil Aphek Sennacherib Kiriath Yearim Izbet Sarta Ebenezer Canaanite Tombs

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#1399

2013-10-23

Megiddo & Shiloh and Survey Archaeology

With Israel Finkelstein

In this archival interview from 1993, we talked about reasons for Finkelstein's soon-to-begin excavation of Megiddo, which continues 20 years later, as well as his work at the Old Testament site of Shiloh.

tags: Israel Finkelstein Survey Archaeology Megiddo Shiloh

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#1353

2012-10-25

Jerusalem as David and Solomon Knew It

With Rev. Dr. Andrew Vaughn

Time and time again we come back to the debate over Jerusalem in the tenth century and the importance of David and Solomon. The debate has continued in archaeological circles for several decades. Eilat Mazar is in one corner and Israel Finkelstein is on the other side. And there are additional opinions from other archaeologists. Andrew Vaughn is a top notch biblical scholar and also the Executive Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the main organization for archaeologists and Bible scholars worker in Israel and the surrounding region. He helps us get to the bottom of issues that separate the main characters in this debate and sheds some light on some facts that may help resolve it.

tags: Israel Finkelstein City of David Jerusalem Eilat Mazar Solomon

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#1294

2011-08-24

Temple Mount Theories, Hezekiah’s Pool, and Tel Shikmona

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Another round-up of the latest news in Biblical Archaeology: a Temple Mount theory from Israel Finkelstein (and a hush-hush report from the Israeli Comptroller’s office), The Acra Fortress, Hezekiah’s Pool is not the pool at the end of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, and Tel Shikmona just might have the most perfect four-room house discovered by Israeli archaeologists twice.

tags: Jerusalem Finkelstein Temple Mount Comptroller's Report Acra Fortress Hezekiah's Pool Tel Shikmona

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#1279

2011-05-12

Maximalist Declares Victory

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel believes the evidence uncovered in his excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa, the Elah Fortress, undermines the arguments of the Biblical Minimalists.

tags: Yosef Garfinkel Khirbet Qeiyafa Elah Fortress Israel Finkelstein Maximalists Minimalists

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