#1502

2015-11-17

Jerusalem Seal and Podium

With Clyde Billington

From the middle of the piles of dirt discarded from a controversial building project on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a 10-year old Russian boy recovered an ancient seal from the time of King David. This discovery, reported by the Temple Mount Sifting Project, is one of the news items included in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, discussed on this program with my ARTIFAX co-editor, professor Clyde Billington. In addition to this 3,000-year old seal, our program covers the recently announced discovery of a podium that was built alongside the recently excavated street that led from the Pool of Siloam up to the Temple Mount. The purpose of the podium is an archaeological mystery.

tags: Temple Mount Seal Pool of Siloam King David Sifting

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#1492

2015-08-20

Eshba'al's Jar and Nefertiti's Tomb

With Clyde Billington

One of the most exciting reports of discoveries and developments this year is actually about an inscription that was found in 2012. The inscription comes from the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation, directed by Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor (pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu). The inscription gives the name Eshba’al, a name that is found in history only one other time, in fact in the Bible-I Chron 8:33, as the fourth son of King Saul. The fact that this inscription dates to the 10th century BC, the time of David and Saul, adds more weight to the significance of the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation. This is the fourth 10th century inscription found in just the last half dozen years or so, before which there were none. On the second half of this program, featuring my ARTIFAX co-editor Clyde Billington, we discuss reports that archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes he has found evidence that the tomb of King Tutahnkamen has more chambers, and that he thinks the evidence also suggests that King Tut’s tomb was actually, originally, the tomb of Nefertiti, Tut’s stepmother. This is an interesting story to keep an eye on.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa 10th century inscriptions Eshbaal Garfinkel Nefertiti Tutankhamen

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#1478

2015-05-05

The Heights of David and Khirbet Qeiyafa

With Clyde Billington

Professor Clyde Billington, my co-editor on ARTIFAX magazine, has an article in the latest issue taking another look at Khirbet Qeiyafa. This is a site we’ve discussed a number of times because of its role reframing the debate over David and Solomon and the early Iron Age in Israel. Professor Billington draws a possible connection between Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Karnak inscription of Pharaoh Shoshenq.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa David and Solomon Egyptology Karnak inscription Shoshenq

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#1411

2014-01-15

Bethsaida Geshur Excavation

With Rami Arav

Rami Arav reports on his Bethsaida excavation, particularly the 1,000 BC capital of the kingdom of Geshur.

tags: Bethsaida Geshur David

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#1389

2013-07-31

Palace at Khirbet Qeiyafa

With Todd Bolen

One of the big announcements of the summer, the excavation of what has been called a palace of King David at Khirbet Qeiyafa, overlooking the Valley of Elah. We discuss the significance of this discovery with Todd Bolen, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, and editor of BiblePlaces.com.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa Philistines David Palace Elah

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