#1666

2019-06-26

Magdala, Home of Mary Magdalene

With Shlomo Ben Asher

One of the most recent archaeological excavation sites that we visit in Israel is Magdala, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The excavation started at Magdala only 10 years ago. Just inches below the surface, archaeologists discovered the remains of a first century synagogue, one of only seven such synagogues discovered in Israel thus far. The odds that Jesus visited this synagogue are probably better than any of the others. In the excavation, archaeologists uncovered a uniquely carved stone platform, which was called a podium, by our Israeli guide Shlomo Ben Asher. It’s true purpose is unknown, and subject to speculation.

tags: Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene Shlomo Ben Asher

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#1555

2017-01-24

Jesus & the Remains of His Day

With Craig Evans

Biblical Archaeology covers thousands of years of Old Testament history. It also includes three years of the public ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Professor Craig Evans of Houston Baptist University has a new book, Jesus and the Remains of His Day, that focuses on some of the most important archaeological discoveries that tell us about Jesus, his ministry, and the world he lived in. Jesus’ ministry was centered around the Sea of Galilee and today cities along the seashore are being excavated, including Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene. But there’s a lot more, and we discuss these discoveries in these three programs.

tags: Galilee Bethsaida Magdala Jesus

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#1527

2016-05-25

Magdala, Bethlehem, and Elephants

With Clyde Billington

The latest discoveries at the location of two cities important to the ministry of Jesus, plus an investigation into elephants in the Bible.

tags: Bethlehem Synagogues Magdala Mary Magdalene ivory Elephants Incense Shovel

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#1453

2014-11-11

Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 4

With Steven Fine

We continue our discussion on this amazing first century city that is being uncovered along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee by focusing on the first building that archaeologists excavated, a first century synagogue. Our guest is Steven Fine, professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Professor Fine compares this synagogue to other first century synagogues that have been discovered, and discusses the mysterious carved stone that was found in the very center of this synagogue.

tags: Galilee disciples Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene apostles New Testament Migdol

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#1452

2014-11-05

Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 3

With Father Eamon Kelly

The excavations at Magdala began as a salvage excavation, as a Catholic order began plans to build a retreat center along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Father Eamon Kelly, the assistant director of the Magdala Center, says that they prayed that there would be no archaeology found, or if there was, that it would be something good like a Byzantine church. What was actually found exceeded everyone's expectations, the intact ruins of a first century city from the time of Jesus.

tags: Galilee disciples Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene apostles New Testament

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