#1609

2018-03-14

The Tomb of Jonah and Archaeological Destruction

With Clyde Billington

The Mosque marking the traditional tomb of Jonah in Mosul was destroyed by ISIS four years ago. Now that ISIS is gone, the mosque could be rebuilt but there's just one problem, it sits on top of a ruin that archaeologists have identified as the ancient palace of Assyrian kings Sennacherib, Esarhaddon, and Ashurbanipal. These kings are mentioned in the Old Testament. Sennacherib tried and failed to conquer Jerusalem. We bring our listeners up-to-date on what's happening at this site. We also report on the looting and destruction of two other palaces in Israel, the Jericho palace of King Herod, and the palace of Archelaus, the son of Herod, just north of Jericho.

tags: Jericho Gaza Herod Palace ISIS Jonah Assyrian Tomb Nineveh Sennacherib Esarhaddon Ashurbanipal Archlaus

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#1547

2016-11-16

The Conquest and Archaeology

With Bryant Wood

The Exodus and Conquest is a murky period archaeologically. Many archaeologists believe that the archaeological evidence does not support the biblical account of what happened during that period. Bryant Wood is NOT one of those archaeologists. In fact, Bryant Wood has dedicated his archaeological career to investigating the evidence for the destruction of Jericho (about which we first interviewed him many years ago) and for the existence of the city of Ai, destroyed by the Israelites in Joshua 7 & 8. In the second half of a 2-part interview we discuss his perspective on what the evidence shows from Jericho, Hazor, and the site of Khirbet el-Maqatir, which he has been excavating for much of the last 20 years.

tags: Jericho Hazor Ai Khirbet el-Maqatir conquest

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#1546

2016-10-25

The Conquest and Archaeology

With Bryant Wood

The Exodus and Conquest is a murky period archaeologically. Many archaeologists believe that the archaeological evidence does not support the biblical account of what happened during that period. Bryant Wood is NOT one of those archaeologists. In fact, Bryant Wood has dedicated his archaeological career to investigating the evidence for the destruction of Jericho (about which we first interviewed him many years ago) and for the existence of the city of Ai, destroyed by the Israelites in Joshua 7 & 8. In the first part of this 2-part interview we discuss his perspective on what the evidence shows from Jericho, Hazor, and the site of Khirbet el-Maqatir, which he has been excavating for much of the last 20 years.

tags: Jericho Hazor Ai Khirbet el-Maqatir conquest

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#1432

2014-06-11

Khirbet el-Maqatir, 2014

With Scott Stripling

It started as a humble little excavation out in a field north of Jerusalem almost 20 years ago, and this year it's one of the largest digs in Israel. At least that's what Scott Stripling told us as we got an update on the 2014 excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the site the excavators believe might be Joshua's Ai. That's the city conquered by the Israelites after their defeat of Jericho. Interestingly, the remains of a New Testament first century city have become prominent in the excavation over the last few years. Could it be Ephraim, a city mentioned in the gospel of John? Lots to talk about as we get the report on the just-concluded excavation season.

tags: scarab Ai Khirbet el-Maqatir Ephraim

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#1414

2014-02-04

Bethany Beyond the Jordan

With Rustom Mkhjian

This interview is from our 1999 Book & The Spade tour. The PBS program Religion and Ethics News Weekly recently visited Bethany Beyond the Jordan and also interviewed Rustom Mkhjian. Fifteen years later and he’s still there. The site is Wadi Kharrar, along the Jordan River, just across from Jericho, where tradition says John Baptized Jesus. It has also been linked by tradition to Elijah's ascension to heaven.

tags: Jordan Rustom Mkhjian Wadi Kharrar John the Baptist Elijah

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