#1541

2016-08-30

Solomon's Pools and Judean Caves

With Clyde Billington

Another update with news of the latest discoveries and developments in biblical archaeology from the pages of the summer issue of ARTIFAX magazine. The news includes the collapse of one of Solomon's Pools south of Bethlehem, part of the system that fed water to Jerusalem for centuries; new excavations taking place in Judean desert caves overlooking the Dead Sea, to preempt looting in the area; and the discovery of an ancient glass factory near Mt. Carmel, one of the two main centers of glass production in the ancient world .

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Aqueducts Glass

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#1539

2016-08-17

Canaanite Water System at Gezer, part 2

With Dan Warner

A number of archaeological sites in Israel have water systems that have been excavated – Megiddo, Hazor, Beersheba, Sepphoris, and even Jerusalem – and all are marvels of engineering. But the water system at Gezer may be the largest and earliest of them all, and perhaps not even (originally) a water system. Dan Warner, professor of archaeology and Old Testament at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, has been excavating at Gezer’s water system for seven years and discovered that the mystery increases with each succeeding year.

tags: Gezer Water System Canaanite Cultic

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#1538

2016-08-10

Canaanite Water System at Gezer

With Dan Warner

A number of archaeological sites in Israel have water systems that have been excavated – Megiddo, Hazor, Beersheba, Sepphoris, and even Jerusalem – and all are marvels of engineering. But the water system at Gezer may be the largest and earliest of them all, and perhaps not even (originally) a water system. Dan Warner, professor of archaeology and Old Testament at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, has been excavating at Gezer’s water system for seven years and discovered that the mystery increases with each succeeding year. On these two programs he brings us up to date on what they’ve discovered so far and what they still need to do.

tags: Gezer Water System Canaanite Cultic

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#1417

2014-02-25

Newly Discovered Water Tunnel Near Jerusalem

With Todd Bolen

A newly discovered water system has been making news in Israel. It's located not far from Jerusalem and Bethlehem and it has some intriguing archaeological features, including proto-aeolic capitals. Proto-aeolic capitals have been associated with Royal Judean construction. On this week's program I discuss the significance of this discovery with Todd Bolen of bibleplaces.com. We also discuss reports that some poorly stored wooden beams seen on the Temple Mount may actually be beams used in the construction of the ancient Jewish temples built by Solomon and Herod.

tags: Jerusalem Temple Mount Tunnel Proto-Aeoloic Capitals Water Wooden Beams

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#1360

2012-12-12

Gezer Water System, part 2

With Prof. Dan Warner

In recent weeks we’ve covered the excavations around Gezer’s Iron Age gate and the survey excavation that has turned up new Gezer boundary stones. But there is a third excavation currently underway at Gezer, the water system. The Gezer water system is somewhat like those discovered at Hazor, Megiddo, and Beersheva, which we have visited on recent tours. Except that it appears to be much older and much larger. It’s a fascinating excavation. Dan Warner, professor of Old Testament and Archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, is the co-director of the excavation. He fills us in on what’s been revealed in the first seasons of excavation, and what he anticipates in the year ahead.

tags: Gezer Water System Tunnel McAlister Warner

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