#1625

2018-08-18

Jonah's Whale and Mosaic Discoveries

With Clyde Billington

Reviewing some of the recent news reported in the summer issue of ARTIFAX magazine, we take a look at some mosaic stories. Once again this summer, another mosaic image is released from the Huqoq synagogue excavation in the Galilee: a picture of the two Israelite spies returning from Canaan with a large cluster of grapes. We also mention the recent discovery of another beautiful mosaic on the property that is being excavated in preparation for the construction of a mosaic museum at Lod. And the excavation of St. Hilarion’s Monastery in Gaza, the oldest monastery in the region, will include mosaic remains. We also discover archaeologists have found evidence that certain types of whales, which fit the story of Jonah, once actually were found in the Mediterranean, contrary to popular belief. The story comes from an excavation of Roman ruins at Gibralter.

tags: Huqoq Gaza Jonah Romans Canaan Mosaic spies grapes Lod Museum St. Hilarion monastery whales Gibralter

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#1554

2017-01-19

The Library at Herculaneum

With Brent Seales

Professor Seales first got our attention a year and a half ago with the news that he had virtually unrolled a carbonized scroll of Leviticus, excavated in 1970 from a burned synagogue on the Dead Sea shore at Engedi. At the time he took up the Leviticus scroll professor Seales had been at somewhat of a dead end on his efforts to read scrolls from the Villa of the Papyri, excavated a century and a half ago from Herculaneum. The ink on the scrolls was indistinguishable from the burned black papyri. But now professor Seales believes he's found the solution to that problem, and it may well be that this ancient library, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, is once again going to be available to interested readers.

tags: Writing Carbonized papyrus Technology Herculaneum Mt. Vesuvius Scrolls

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#1537

2016-08-02

Huqoq Synagogue Mosaics 2016, part 2

With Jodi Magness

More from archaeologist Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the beautiful mosaics excavated in the Huqoq synagogue, near the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee.

tags: Mosaics Jodi Magness Galilee Byzantine Synagogue

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#1536

2016-07-27

Huqoq Synagogue Mosaics 2016

With Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness has turned up some of the most beautiful mosaics ever found in Israel. Every summer for the past four years there have been stories about the mosaics, and so we figured it was time to talk with her and get an updat

tags: Mosaics Synagogues Galilee

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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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