#1587

2017-09-12

Bethsaida, Huqoq, and Rosh Ha-Ayin

With Clyde Billington

Catching up on the latest discoveries in biblical archaeology, professor Clyde Billington joins me to discuss some of the news digest items in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. But first, a quick look at one of the top biblical archaeology stories of the summer that will be reported in the next issue of ARTIFAX, and that is the dispute of the true location of the New Testament city of Bethsaida. Excavations at el-Araj, on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee this past summer uncovered some first century remains which has renewed the debate. For most of the past three decades, archaeologist Rami Arav has been excavating at a site about a mile from the shore called et-Tell, which he says is Bethsaida. We also discuss the latest mosaic discoveries from the ongoing excavations at Huqoq, near the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and a giant Assyrian period cistern discovered at Rosh Ha-Ayin, near Tel Aphek and the headwaters of the Yarkon River.

tags: Mosaics Jodi Magness Huqoq Bethsaida Cistern Sea of Galilee Assyrian Aphek Roman ruins polis et-Tel el-Araj zodiac Yarkon

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#1581

2017-08-02

Gezer's Ten Seasons (part 2)

With Steve Ortiz

Gezer, the sleeping giant, has yielded many secrets over the past ten years of excavations, although the first few years were not very exciting. But now there's a clear chronology from the Assyrian destruction back to the Merneptah destruction. More background on the Gezer excavation.

tags: Gezer Philistines Solomon Canaanites Israelites Merneptah Pharaoh

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#1449

2014-10-16

Preserving Culture in War: Aramaic, part 2

With George Kiraz

We continue our series of conversations focusing on the cultural ravages of the fighting in the Middle East in part two of an interview on Aramaic. The language has been spoken for more than 2,000 years in the region, and was the language that Jesus spoke (at least one of them). Today, ancient communities that have spoken Aramaic for thousands of years are being uprooted and forced to flee for their lives. What will happen to our ability to explore biblical understanding through this door of language if Aramaic culture is extinguished? We explore this issue with George Kiraz, the founder of Gorgias Press and Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institite.

tags: Syriac Aramaic

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#1448

2014-10-08

Preserving Culture in War: Aramaic

With George Kiraz

We continue our series of conversations focusing on the cultural ravages of the fighting in the Middle East by turning to the topic of Aramaic. The language has been spoken for more than 2,000 years in the region, and was the language that Jesus spoke (at least one of them). Today, ancient communities that have spoken Aramaic for thousands of years are being uprooted and forced to flee for their lives. What will happen to our ability to explore biblical understanding through this door of language if Aramaic culture is extinguished? We explore this issue with George Kiraz, the founder of Gorgias Press and Beth Mardutho, the Syriac Institite.

tags: Syriac Aramaic

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#1447

2014-10-01

Preserving Culture in War, part 3

With Katharyn Hanson

We resume our conversations with American archaeologists who are working to help Iraqis and Syrians preserve their cultural heritage in the midst of the fighting that continues to wreak havoc and destruction in the area that has often been called the cradle of civilization. This week’s program features Katharyn Hanson, a University of Chicago grad who has been working with the Archaeological Site Preservation Program at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Irbil, Iraq.

tags: Iraq Syria Irbil Katharyn Hanson

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