#1707

2020-05-13

A Palace and Two Temples

With Clyde Billington

News stories have been published in recent months about a palace of the kings of Israel, near the modern city of Afula, and two temples: one Israelite and one Canaanite. A road project near Afula, in the Jezreel valley has uncovered the largest palace associated with the House of Omri (Ahad, Jezebel, etc.). Interestingly, it’s just about a half dozen miles from Tel Jezreel, where they had another palace. We also discuss a Canaanite temple excavated at Tel Lachish, and an Israelite temple excavated just outside of Jerusalem, less than a half dozen miles from the “official” Jerusalem temple.

tags: Ahab Omri Palace Afula Jezreel Jezebal Lachish Motza Jerusalem Temple

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#1690

2019-12-11

The Givati Car Park Excavation

With Yiftah Shalev

Located between the Temple Mount and the City of David area, the Givati Car Park Excavation has been going on for the last 12 years, methodically removing layer after layer of accumulated history. We have reported on some of the exciting discoveries of that period, including a horde of Byzantine gold coins, the palace of Queen Helene of Adiabene, the figurine of a boxer, and most recently the seal impression (bulla) of Natan-Melech, servant of the king, who is mentioned in the Bible. Finally, we have the opportunity to discuss the excavation with one of the co-directors, Yiftah Shalev, of the Israel Antiquities Authority. We can learn some of the background of the excavation, how the focus is changing with new leadership, and some of the advanced techniques and technology being used.

tags: Givati Dung Gate Tyropean Valley City of David Natan Melech Bulla

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#1689

2019-12-07

The Givati Car Park Excavation

With Yiftah Shalev

Located between the Temple Mount and the City of David area, the Givati Car Park Excavation has been going on for the last 12 years, methodically removing layer after layer of accumulated history. We have reported on some of the exciting discoveries of that period, including a horde of Byzantine gold coins, the palace of Queen Helene of Adiabene, the figurine of a boxer, and most recently the seal impression (bulla) of Natan-Melech, servant of the king, who is mentioned in the Bible. Finally, we have the opportunity to discuss the excavation with one of the co-directors, Yiftah Shalev, of the Israel Antiquities Authority. We can learn some of the background of the excavation, how the focus is changing with new leadership, and some of the advanced techniques and technology being used.

tags: Givati Dung Gate Tyropean Valley City of David Natan Melech Bulla

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#1686

2019-11-12

Hippos Sussita Mosaics

With Clyde Billington

Hippos/Sussita, one of the New Testament cities of the decapolis, is the home to at least a half dozen Byzantine churches which have been, or are being, excavated. The latest report from these excavations concerned beautiful mosaics found in one of the churches. The mosaics, among other things, portray Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000, which occurred (somewhere) nearby. We discuss this discovery and others that have been reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine, including a beautiful staircase at Hazor which is believed to lead to a plaza and a palace. Then there's the Goliath Wall at Gath, a massive city wall from the time of David and Goliath that is twice as thick as the later walls that were excavated on top of it. And finally, year-round excavations have begun at Assos, a city along the coast of western Turkey that was visited by the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:13). Archaeologists have been working here for 38 years, but are now picking up the pace, to make the site more interesting to visitors.

tags: Gath Mosaics Hippos Sussita Byzantine Churches Hazor Goliath Feeding 5000 Wal Assos staircase

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#1670

2019-07-23

Herod's Fortress at Machaerus

With Jimmy Hardin

The cover story on the latest (summer) issue of ARTIFAX focuses on Machaerus, a fortress palace built by Herod the Great overlooking the Dead Sea from the East. Machaerus is most famous for the imprisonment and beheading of John the Baptist, as recounted in the Gospels and by the historian Josephus. The first excavation of Machaerus was undertaken by Jerry Vardaman, the founding director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. We talk with the current interim director, Jimmy Hardin, about some of the results of that excavation that were recently discovered at several locations.

tags: Jordan Herod the Great John the Baptist Machaerus Dead Sea Herod Agrippa

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