With Clyde Billington
Continuing our review of recent discoveries in Biblical archaeology as reported in the summer issue of ARTIFAX magazine we discuss with professor Clyde Billington the discovery of curious mosaics at a Byzantine synagogue at Huqoq, and a shovel survey of what some archaeologists believe may be the real site of the biblical Bethsaida, Khirbet el-Araj.
With Todd Bolen
This program includes the third and final segment of a series of conversations with Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com on the most exciting discoveries of this summer's archaeological excavations in Israel. We cover the discovery of another synagogue floor mosaic depicting Samson at Huqoq, near the Sea of Galilee. We also discuss the discovery of a fragment of a 4500-year old Sphinx at Hazor, the first sphinx ever found outside of Egypt.
With Prof. Daniel Master
Rockets were flying from Gaza aimed at Ashkelon in recent weeks. It’s quiet now and we took the opportunity for an archaeological update from Daniel Master, Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College and currently the field director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, which has been actively uncovering the ancient history of this site since 1985. Ashkelon has a rich history, dating from the Canaanites to the Crusaders. It’s the home of the oldest arched city gate in the world (pictured), the largest dog cemetery in the world, and the Philistine city visited by Samson when he needed to pick up 30 suits of clothes to settle a wager that he lost during his wedding.
Lots of exciting discoveries and developments during the 2012 summer dig season, and we try to bring you up to date in this report. Mentions include a seal found at Tel Beit Shemesh that may depict Samson, ancient grain found at Hazor and Megiddo, and a Hellenistic harbor discovered at Acre. These and more are discussed, along with their biblical connections.