#1670

2019-07-23

Herod's Fortress at Machaerus

With Jimmy Hardin

The cover story on the latest (summer) issue of ARTIFAX focuses on Machaerus, a fortress palace built by Herod the Great overlooking the Dead Sea from the East. Machaerus is most famous for the imprisonment and beheading of John the Baptist, as recounted in the Gospels and by the historian Josephus. The first excavation of Machaerus was undertaken by Jerry Vardaman, the founding director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. We talk with the current interim director, Jimmy Hardin, about some of the results of that excavation that were recently discovered at several locations.

tags: Jordan Herod the Great John the Baptist Machaerus Dead Sea Herod Agrippa

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#1596

2017-11-16

Jerusalem's Roman Theater

With Clyde Billington

More stories from the news digest of the Autumn issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including the cover story on the discovery of the first Roman theater ever found in Jerusalem. Although Josephus mentions a Roman theater in Jerusalem in the first century, this new discovery is apparently not that theater, for reasons discussed on the program. This is a very small theater and may have been used for governing purposes, rather than entertainment. Other topics discussed on this program include the discovery of a Byzantine era mosaic at the Damascus Gate with a connection to the famous Nea Church built by the Emperor Justinian, and the discovery of bullae (clay seal impressions) from the First Temple Period.

tags: Jerusalem Damascus Gate Byzantine Western Wall Roman theater bullae Odeon Bouletarion Mosaic Nea Church Constantine Justinian First Temple Period

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#1382

2013-05-15

Josephus, part 3

With Prof. Steve Mason

Steve Mason, a professor of history at York University in Toronto, gave us some insights into the ancient historian Josephus, in this August, 2000 interview. Josephus was a prolific writer and his writings offer many insights into the world of first century Judaism. In part 3 of this 3-part conversation, some comments about parallels in the accounts of Luke and Josephus.

tags: Josephus Luke Acts

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#1381

2013-05-04

Josephus, part 2

With Prof. Steve Mason

Steve Mason, a professor of history at York University in Toronto, gave us some insights into the ancient historian Josephus, in this 1980 interview. Josephus was a prolific writer and his writings offer many insights into the world of first century Judaism. In this 3-part conversation, some new insights into Josephus.

tags: Josephus Prof. Steve Mason

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#1380

2013-05-01

Josephus

With Prof. Steve Mason

Steve Mason, a professor of history at York University in Toronto, gave us some insights into the ancient historian Josephus, in this 1980 interview. Josephus was a prolific writer and his writings offer many insights into the world of first century Judaism.

tags: Josephus

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