With Clyde Billington
Some of the stories from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the Winter 2015 issue, just out: Items include the newly discovered monumental entrance at Herodium, the newly opened site of Herod’s palace in Jerusalem – where some say Jesus appeared before Pilate, and a commemorative Latin inscription to the Roman emperor Hadrian.
With Seth Sanders
Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a brief dispute about it, but what language DID Jesus speak? What was the linquistic climate of first century Palestine? To find some answers, we queried Seth Sanders, professor of religion at Trinity College in Hartford CT. Seth is the editor of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions.
With Prof. Paul Maier
Herod the Great is the subject of one of the largest exhibitions ever mounted by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. We wanted to find out more about this brutal tyrant (according to New Testament accounts) so we called up Paul Maier. Prof. Maier is a professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, and thoroughly familiar with Herod after re-translating the largest source of information about Herod, the ancient historian Josephus Flavius.
With Prof. Keith Schoville
News reports reviewed relating to the clearing of an ancient water channel, plus news related to a church connected to Zechariah, and the church of Laodicea. Also a house excavtion at Paphos on Cyprus.