#1607

2018-03-01

Signature of Isaiah

With Clyde Billington

We report the announcement of the discovery of a seal impression (bulla) that’s being connected to the prophet Isaiah, who wrote the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. The seal impression was dug up in 2009 in excavations at the Ophel, near the Temple Mount by archaeologist Eilat Mazar. The name on the bulla is clearly Isaiah, in Hebrew characters. In the lower register, it could say prophet but the word is incomplete. But this bulla was found just a few feet from another bulla of Hezekiah, King of Judah. And Hezekiah and Isaiah are linked in the same verse in the Bible 15 times. So Bible scholars will be debating about this bulla for years to come.

tags: Jerusalem Ophel Eilat Mazar Bulla Hezekiah Isaiah

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#1568

2017-04-25

The Amarna Letters, part 2

With Alice Mandell

More of this conversation with Alice Mandell on the issues the engage archaeologists, Egyptologists, Bible scholars, and others in relation to the Amarna letters and the kingdom states in the Levant prior to the beginning of the Israelite and Judahite kingdoms.

tags: Egypt cuneiform Akhenaten Akkadian Canaan Amarna Letters

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#1468

2015-02-24

Khirbet Summeily, in depth, part 1

With Jeff Blakely

The first in a series of interviews exploring the implications of the discovery of sixth tenth century B.C. bullae (clay seal impressions) at a remote border outpost on the border between Judah and Philistia.

tags: bullae Seals David & Solomon Tenth Century

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#1461

2015-01-07

Biblical Archaeology Top Ten of 2014

With Todd Bolen

There was a dearth of sensational discoveries in 2014, and without a bunch of discovery announcements in December it would have been a very slim year of exciting discoveries. But we do have a list, which was picked up by Christianity Today. Tops on the list was the discovery of a new monumental entrance to Herodium, Herod’s fortress/palace in the desert near Bethlehem, an entrance that was apparently never used because Herod decided to close it up and build a mausoleum nearby instead. The second discovery on the list: a half-dozen bullae (clay seal impressions) found at a small site called Khirbet Summeily, on the Judahite/Philistine border. Item #3 is a scarab of Pharaoh Sheshonq, know in the Bible as Shishak.

tags: Herodium Sheshonq bullae

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#1457

2014-12-10

Sheshonq's Scarab

With Clyde Billington

More discoveries reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reviewed on this program, including the recently announced scarab of Sheshonq, the Egyptian pharaoh who raided through Judah and took all of Solomon’s gold out of the Jerusalem temple. His scarab was found in 2006 at a copper production facility in Jordan. We continue with a discussion of research at another nearby copper facility in Israel at Timna and what has been learned about the men who worked there. We discuss the oldest metal object ever found in the Middle East, an awl at Tel Tsaf, also found several years ago but just recently announced. And finally, the discovery of an ivory game board at an area of the Tel Gezer excavation that’s been dubbed “Solomon’s casino.”

tags: Solomon copper mines games ivory Sheshonq

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