#1624

2018-08-08

Who Is This Biblical King?

With Clyde Billington

On the cover of the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, the photograph of the head off of a small statue that is believed to depict a king from the 9th century BC. But is it a king of Israel, Aram, Phoenicia, or somewhere else? This faience face was excavated in 2017 at Abel Beth Maacah, a border town down through much of history, as it is today, located between Israel and Lebanon. It is now on display at the Israel Museum. On this program we also discuss more of the news coverage featured in the latest ARTIFAX issue, in particular excavations at the two sites vying to be the biblical Bethsaida, home of three of the Apostles. Excavations continued this summer at et-Tell and El-Araj, the two sites, and first century A.D. remains were found at both locations. Excavations will continue again next year in an attempt to solve this biblical mystery.

tags: Bethsaida et-Tell Abel Beth Maacah Israel el-Araj Statue Aram Phoenicia King faience face

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#1619

2018-05-29

Finding Bethsaida

With Mordecai Aviam

We did this interview withi Mordecai Aviam in his office at Kinneret College, on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, where he is senior lecturer in the Department of the study of the Land of Israel. We discussed the recently begun excavation of el-Araj, a site along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which may be the New Testament city of Bethsaida. For 30 years the nearby site of et-Tel has borne the Bethsaida identification, but there are issues with et-Tel and el-Araj has compelling discoveries which may indicate it is the real Bethsaida.

tags: Bethsaida disciples apostles et-Tel el-Araj Julia Herod Philip

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#1453

2014-11-11

Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 4

With Steven Fine

We continue our discussion on this amazing first century city that is being uncovered along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee by focusing on the first building that archaeologists excavated, a first century synagogue. Our guest is Steven Fine, professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Professor Fine compares this synagogue to other first century synagogues that have been discovered, and discusses the mysterious carved stone that was found in the very center of this synagogue.

tags: Galilee disciples Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene apostles New Testament Migdol

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#1452

2014-11-05

Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 3

With Father Eamon Kelly

The excavations at Magdala began as a salvage excavation, as a Catholic order began plans to build a retreat center along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Father Eamon Kelly, the assistant director of the Magdala Center, says that they prayed that there would be no archaeology found, or if there was, that it would be something good like a Byzantine church. What was actually found exceeded everyone's expectations, the intact ruins of a first century city from the time of Jesus.

tags: Galilee disciples Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene apostles New Testament

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#1451

2014-10-29

Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 2

With Steven Notley

Barely covered by a thin layer of soil, the first century city of Magdala is being excavated along the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. What does this excavation have to do with Magdala’s most famous resident, Mary Magdalene, the follower of Jesus who was the first to see him after his resurrection? We explore these issues with Steven Notley, the director of Nyack College’s Graduate Program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.

tags: Galilee disciples Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene apostles New Testament

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