#1566

2017-04-11

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher

With John DeLancey

This Easter, the Church that marks the traditional location of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is coming out of a 4 million dollar renovation. John DeLancey, co-leader of our Israel tour next year, is just back from another visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and discusses the newly renovated edicule in its rotunda. The edicule, a small structure that covers the tomb of Jesus, has been rebuilt and strengthened against collapse. In addition, we review news coverage of a recent open house at the Israel Antiquities Authority warehouse where relics from the time of Jesus are displayed for reporters.

tags: Jerusalem Jesus Church of the Holy Sepulcher Tomb of Jesus

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#1558

2017-02-15

Qumran Cave 12 + 2017 Excavation Plans

With John DeLancey

The 11 caves in which Dead Sea Scroll materials were found more than a half century ago have been joined by one more cave, cave #12. No new scrolls were found, but archaeologists did find evidence of scroll storage jars and related materials left behind by looters who plundered the site decades ago. We discuss this find and several other sites where archaeology is going on this year with John DeLancey, who will be the co-leader of our May 2018 TB&TS Israel Study tour.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Qumran Gezer Abel Beth Maacah

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#1513

2016-02-17

Remembering Yoram Tsafrir

With Yoram Tsafrir

During a visit to Israel in 2001 I had a chance to talk with archaeologist Yoram Tsafrir at Hebrew University about his excavations at Tel Betshean. Tel Betshean is one of the most interesting stops on our tours: a Roman city — one of the cities of the decapolis in Jesus’ time, when it was known as Scythopolis. It sits in the shadow of a large tel upon which sat the Old Testament city of Betshean, the walls upon which the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung upon after their defeat by the Philistines. Yoram Tsafrir died last November, he was 77. We present this interview from our archives in his memory.

tags: Philistines Decapolis Betshean Scythopolis

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#1476

2015-04-21

Visiting the Land of the Bible

With John DeLancey

An interview with Rev. Dr. John DeLancey, co-leader of our Israel tour, at the end of our 2015 Book & The Spade Holyland study tour. The tour took place as we lingered outside the Garden Tomb in East Jerusalem, and we discussed his perspective on visiting the Holyland.

tags: Archaeology tour Holyland Tour Pilgrimage

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#1427

2014-05-08

The Philistines of Ekron

With Seymour Gitin

Following up our previous program on our 1996 visit to the final season of excavation at Tel Mikne Ekron, I pulled this program from the archives. This is an interview with Si Gitin, director of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem and co-director of the Tel Mikne Ekron excavation, explaining the new understanding of the Philistines, based on what was excavated during their 14 seasons. Si Gitin also discusses one of the most important discoveries of the excavation, the royal dedicatory inscription that was found in 1996, shortly after we visited the site.

tags: Philistines Tel Mikne Ekron Israel Tour

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