#1671

2019-08-01

Machaerus, Melchizedek, and the Philistines

With Clyde Billington

A little further discussion about our ARTIFAX cover story on Machaerus, details of how John the Baptist ended up a prisoner there, and was then beheaded, as reported in Matthew 14 and Mark 6. Also a few more words about the Pilgrimage Road that just opened in Jerusalem, an important pilgrimage spot for both modern Jews and Christians, between the Pool of Siloam and the Temple Mount. Archaeologist Eli Shukron reports the discovery of an altar related to Melchizedeck and Abraham. We are skeptical but looking forward to hearing more. And finally, another major story of the summer, reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, DNA evidence that traces the Philistines, or at least some Philistines, to southern Europe.

tags: Jordan Jerusalem Philistines Herod the Great John the Baptist Machaerus Abraham DNA Dead Sea Herod Agrippa Melchizedek

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#1462

2015-01-13

Be Wary of Sensational Biblical Archaeology Stories

With Todd Bolen

Now with the internet, how can you tell what stories about biblical archaeology are real and what are fake? This is an important topic that we discuss with Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com. Todd has identified some important clues that will tell you whether an internet account of a biblical archaeology discovery might be true or might be too good to be true. In fact, that’s one of his clues. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

tags: Sensational Skeptical

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