From Dan to Beersheva

With John DeLancey

The traditional description of all of Israel is, “From Dan to Beersheva.” And on our Israel tour with John DeLancey last March, we visited both locations. Tel Dan is located in northern Israel, next to one of the sources of the Jordan River, and has been excavated for decades with some intriguing results. In particular, we visited the high place at Dan, where Jeroboam, king of Israel, erected a golden calf for his people to worship, so they wouldn’t go to the temple in Jerusalem, in the kingdom of Judah. At Tel Beersheva, we gathered at the gate of the city and reviewed the story of Abraham and the well of dispute recorded in Genesis 21.

tags: Altar Tel Dan Abraham golden calf idol Jeroboam I House of David Tel Beersheva well tamarisk tree horns

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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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Elisha and the Roman Legion

With Todd Bolen

Two major recent discoveries discussed on this program, a house connected to “Elisha” excavated at Tel Rehov in the Jordan River Valley, and the base of the Roman Legion in the Galilee, excavated near Megiddo. Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com joins me to discuss these discoveries and their significance for Biblical Archaeology.

tags: Megiddo Elisha prophet Tel Rehov Roman Legion

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Jordan River, Shabbat Stone, and Acre

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Recent news articles reviewed covering the opening of a new baptismal site on the Jordan River, east of Jericho; the discovery of a Shabbat boundary stone in the Galilee, and information about Acre's underground Crusader City and the discovery of the ruins of a Byzantine church in Acre.

tags: Jordan River Baptism Site Shabbat Boundary Stone Acre Akko Underground Crusader City Byzantine Church Mordecai Aviam

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