#1463

2015-01-20

Temple Mount Archaeology Update

With Clyde Billington

Why are some stones in the Western Wall of the Temple Mount eroded and some as smooth as stones can be? On this program we discuss some of the latest reports on biblical archaeology related to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That includes an investigation into western wall stone erosion, and some new information from the Temple Mount sifting project.

tags: Temple Mount Sifting Project Western Wall

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#1443

2014-08-27

The Stone Rejected by the Builders, and Counting with Tokens

With Clyde Billington

Discussing some of the items in the archaeology news digests in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, Professor Clyde Billington and I discuss the discovery of the Stone Rejected by the Builders in the western wall of the Temple Mount, the stone mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 21:42, quoting Psalm 118:22-23. We also report on the discovery of counting tokens used several millenia after writing and record keeping supposedly transitioned from the use of tokens to cuneiform. The story of the invention of writing is intertwined with the biblical story and the history of Christianity.

tags: Western Wall Herodian stones Cuneiform writing

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#1401

2013-11-07

The Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount Sifting Project

With Gabriel Barkay

In this continuation of the previous program's discussion, archaeologist Gabriel Barkay discusses recent archaeology done in the Western Wall Plaza area and gives us an update on the Temple Mount Sifting Project.

tags: Temple Mount Western Wall Plaza Sifting Project

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#1314

2012-01-25

Jerusalem Cardo and Samaritan Inn

With Prof. Keith Schoville

On our last Holyland Study Tour in 2008 we saw some excavations going on along the western edge of the Western Wall Plaza. We had already had reports of discoveries in that area and finally we have a report on the results of the excavation in the January-February issue of Biblical Archaeology Review. So we discussed the article on this week’s program, along with two more articles in the latest issue: the story of the Good Samaritan Inn Mosaic Museum, and possible evidence for Israel in Egypt that predates the Merneptah stele (More on that to come in the weeks ahead).

tags: Jerusalem Cardo Good Samaritan Merneptah Stele Mosaics

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#1291

2011-08-10

Temple Mount Bell and Gath Altar

With Prof. Keith Schoville

Major finds of the 2011 excavation season include a two-horned altar from Tel es-Safi, the Philistine city of Gath, and a tiny bell possibly from the hem of a priest's garment, in Jerusalem. The bell was found under the road that ran along the western wall of the Temple Mount, near Robinson's Arch.

tags: Tel es-Safi Gath horned altar tiny bell priest's garment

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