#1648

2019-02-12

Yahweh Worshiped at Tel Dan

With Clyde Billington

King Jeroboam I of Israel erected golden calf statues at Dan and at Bethel, saying, "Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (I Kings 12:28) The idols were meant to keep people from going to Jerusalem to worship in the temple. But who were the people worshiping when they came to Dan and Bethel? Apparently Yahweh and not pagan Canaanite gods, judging by a new analysis of archaeological finds from years of excavations at Tel Dan. Before that discussion with my colleague, professor Clyde Billington, we reviewed another news item from the news digests of the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our quarterly biblical archaeology magazine: the excavations at Tel Keisan, near Acre, the Persian military base from which King Cambyses II launched an attack on Egypt in 525 BC. Also discussed in this program, the discovery of a tiny beka stone, used for weighing the half-shekel temple tax that was assessed on each Jewish male.

tags: Persians Tel Dan Jezreel Valley golden calf idol Jeroboam I Tel Keisan Cambyses II beka temple tax half shilling

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#1375

2013-03-27

Cyrus and his Cylinder

With Matt Waters

This is a rebroadcast of a 5-year old interview with UW-Eau Claire professor Matt Waters, discussing Cyrus the Great, who was greater than Alexander the Great (in his view). Additional information on the current U.S. tour of the Cyrus Cylinder is also included in this update.

tags: Cyrus cylinder Persians

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#1346

2012-09-06

Four Persian Kings

With Prof. Mike Caba

Four Kings of Persia are mentioned in Ezra 4:5-7: Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes. These same four are mentioned in the writings of the Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides. And archaeologists have found their ancient reigns well attested. In the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, professor Mike Caba connects these threads of ancient history. And on this program he discusses the connections and their significance, starting with Cyrus and the Cyrus Cylinder.

tags: Cyrus cylinder Darius Xerxes Artaxerxes Ezra Herodotus Thucydides Persians

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