#1718

2020-08-12

Jerusalem Admin Building and the Face of Yahweh

With Clyde Billington

The excavation of a major administrative complex from the time of King Hezekiah, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This complex is near Ramat Rahel, where archaeologists in recent years have excavated a royal palace from roughly the same period. The Biblical Archaeology Review story focuses on a theory by professor Yosef Garfinkle that a figurine he excavated at Khirbet Qeiyafa, the only figurine from the entire excavation, represented Yahweh, God of the Israelites and God of the Bible.

tags: Hezekiah Jerusalem Admin Center

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#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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#1707

2020-05-13

A Palace and Two Temples

With Clyde Billington

News stories have been published in recent months about a palace of the kings of Israel, near the modern city of Afula, and two temples: one Israelite and one Canaanite. A road project near Afula, in the Jezreel valley has uncovered the largest palace associated with the House of Omri (Ahad, Jezebel, etc.). Interestingly, it’s just about a half dozen miles from Tel Jezreel, where they had another palace. We also discuss a Canaanite temple excavated at Tel Lachish, and an Israelite temple excavated just outside of Jerusalem, less than a half dozen miles from the “official” Jerusalem temple.

tags: Ahab Omri Palace Afula Jezreel Jezebal Lachish Motza Jerusalem Temple

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#1698

2020-03-05

Ethiopian Basilica & Church of the Glorious Martyr

With Clyde Billington

Two church discoveries are reported in the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. A church excavated in northern Ethiopia is the oldest church in sub-Saharan Africa and helps us understand the Christian history of that part of Africa. At Beth Shemesh in Israel, excavators have uncovered an impressive Byzantine church with beautiful mosaics and an inscription that dedicates the church to “The Glorious Martyr.” The identity of this martyr is not yet know. Also at Beth Shemesh, a large rock table has been excavated, which some believe may be connected to the story of the return of the Ark of the Covenant to the Israelites in I Samuel 6. And finally, we discuss the discovery of garum vats, a production facility for what some have called, “The Ketchup of the First Century.”

tags: Ethiopia Aksum Sudan Beth Shemesh Glorious Martyr Garum

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#1697

2020-03-04

Assyrian Rock Reliefs, Pilgrim Road News

With Clyde Billington

Assyrian rock reliefs, carved into a rocky cliff along an ancient canal in Kurdistan, are the cover story in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine. This canal may have been dug by Israelite slave labor. We discuss the biblical significance of this discovery. We also discuss a recent discovery made in connection with the excavation of the Pilgrim’s Road, between the Pool of Siloam and the Temple Mount. A measuring table device used by an agoranomos to calibrate liquid measurement in the market place is an unusual looking artifact. And we discuss an Israelite name written on a piece of pottery found at Abel Beth Maacah, which indicates this border town belonged to the Israelites around 900 BC.

tags: Assyrian rock reliefs Kurdistan Pilgrim's Road Pool of Siloam Temple Mount Agoranomos Abel Beth Maacah

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