#1566

2017-04-11

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher

With John DeLancey

This Easter, the Church that marks the traditional location of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is coming out of a 4 million dollar renovation. John DeLancey, co-leader of our Israel tour next year, is just back from another visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and discusses the newly renovated edicule in its rotunda. The edicule, a small structure that covers the tomb of Jesus, has been rebuilt and strengthened against collapse. In addition, we review news coverage of a recent open house at the Israel Antiquities Authority warehouse where relics from the time of Jesus are displayed for reporters.

tags: Jerusalem Jesus Church of the Holy Sepulcher Tomb of Jesus

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#1516

2016-03-09

The Harbor of Corinth and the Fortress of Machaerus

With Clyde Billington

Archaeological work is being done underwater to study the western harbor of Corinth, Lechaion on the Corinthian Gulf. Ancient Corinth profited greatly from the maritime traffic across the isthmus from the western harbor of Lechaion to the eastern harbor of Cenchrae. The work currently underway is looking at construction dating to around 500 A.D. Authorities in Jordan have announced the reconstruction of Herod's mountaintop fortress of Machaerus, where Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist (as reported in Mark 6:21-29) after the dance of Salome. We discuss these two news items that were reported in the winter 2016 issue of ARTIFAX magazine.

tags: Jordan Corinth Herod Corinthians Greece Machaerus

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#1397

2013-10-09

Discovering Dalmanutha

With Prof. Ken Dark

In the same spirit as the Jezreel Valley Regional Project discussed by Matthew Adams a few weeks ago, Professor Ken Dark of the University of Reading Research Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is working on a landscape study of the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, particular the Plain of Ginosar or Genneserat, along the northwest shore. While surveying that landscape in 2012 he discovered the remains of a previously unidentified village. Based on a few biblical clues from the gospels, he’s suggested that the site may be Dalmanutha, the place to which Jesus retired after the feeding of the 4,000 in the gospel of Marka (not to be confused with the feeding of the 5,000). .

tags: Ginosar Survey Archaeology Sea of Galilee Genneserat

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#1361

2012-12-19

The Archaeology of Santa Claus

With Prof. Mark Wilson

St. Nicholas, historically, was the bishop of Myra, a city along the southern coast of Turkey. On this program we discuss the historical legacy of St. Nicholas and the archaeological work that has taken place in his hometown. Our guest is Mark Wilson, the director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a neighboring city.

tags: Turkey Mark Wilson St. Nicholas Myra

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#1356

2012-11-14

With Paul on the Roman Roads of Asia Minor

With Prof. Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson, the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, has researched some of the Roman roads that would have been used by Paul during his missionary journeys recorded in the Book of Acts. These 2,000 year old roads can still be seen in many locations.

tags: Mark Wilson Asia Minor Apostle Paul Roman Roads

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