#1666

2019-06-26

Magdala, Home of Mary Magdalene

With Shlomo Ben Asher

One of the most recent archaeological excavation sites that we visit in Israel is Magdala, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The excavation started at Magdala only 10 years ago. Just inches below the surface, archaeologists discovered the remains of a first century synagogue, one of only seven such synagogues discovered in Israel thus far. The odds that Jesus visited this synagogue are probably better than any of the others. In the excavation, archaeologists uncovered a uniquely carved stone platform, which was called a podium, by our Israeli guide Shlomo Ben Asher. It’s true purpose is unknown, and subject to speculation.

tags: Synagogue Magdala Mary Magdalene Shlomo Ben Asher

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#1665

2019-06-18

Visiting Capernaum

With John DeLancey

Capernaum was the city that Jesus called home during his three years of ministry. You can see first century ruins at the archaeological site of Capernaum, as we saw when we visited Capernaum last year during our Book & The Space Archaeological Adventure Tour. The synagogue where John DeLancey recounted some of the Gospel stories of Jesus’ activities in Capernaum was built later, several centuries later, but probably on the same site as the synagogue from Jesus’ time.

tags: Galilee Synagogue Jesus Capernaum

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#1663

2019-06-01

The Shoulder of Hinnom Excavation, part 2

With Gabriel Barkay

Silver amulet scrolls found in a 1979 excavation at Ketef Hinnom, the Shoulder of Hinnom, in Jerusalem rank in the top 10 archaeological discoveries of Israel, according to a recent article in Haaretz newspaper. Ketef Hinnom overlooks the Hinnom Valley and, on the other side, the walled Old City of Jerusalem. And according to the Times of Israel, it is the site of a new Jerusalem city park. With those two articles fresh in my mind, I dug into The Book & The Spade archives to recover the 1983 interview with archaeologist Gabby Barkay, one of our first guests during the first year that our program was on the air. He told the story of the Ketef Hinnom excavation and the discovery of the silver amulet scrolls.

tags: Gabriel Barkay Silver amulet scrolls Ketef Hinnom Shoulder of Hinnom

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#1662

2019-05-29

The Ketef Hinnom Excavations

With Gabriel Barkay

Silver amulet scrolls found in a 1979 excavation at Ketef Hinnom, the Shoulder of Hinnom, in Jerusalem rank in the top 10 archaeological discoveries of Israel, according to a recent article in Haaretz newspaper. Ketef Hinnom overlooks the Hinnom Valley and, on the other side, the walled Old City of Jerusalem. And according to the Times of Israel, it is the site of a new Jerusalem city park. With those two articles fresh in my mind, I dug into The Book & The Spade archives to recover the 1983 interview with archaeologist Gabby Barkay, one of our first guests during the first year that our program was on the air. He told the story of the Ketef Hinnom excavation and the discovery of the silver amulet scrolls.

tags: Gabriel Barkay Silver amulet scrolls Ketef Hinnom Shoulder of Hinnom

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#1657

2019-04-23

Natan-Melech, Servant of the King

With Clyde Billington

One of the most exciting discoveries announced in biblical archaeology so far this year is highlighted on the cover of the latest issue of our quarterly magazine ARTIFAX, a seal impression bearing the name of a man who is referenced in II Kings 23:11: Nathan-Melech. The seal impression, or bulla, was found in the ruins of a burned out administrative building dating to the 5th-6th century BC at a site known as the Givati Car Park excavation. This is a 12-year (so far) excavation just outside the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem, next to the entrance to the City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem. The biblical reference and the text of the bulla both describe Nathan Melech as "servant of the king." It might not be the same guy, but odds would say it probably is. Along with this bulla, an actual stamp seal was also found in approximately the same place, with the inscription "(belonging) to Ikar son of Matanyahu." Ikar is not known from the Bible. Also on this program, we discuss the 50-year anniversary of the Madeba Plains Project. This is an ongoing excavation involved three major sites in Jordan, handled principly by archaeologists connected with colleges of the Seventh Day Adventist Chuch. The Madeba Plains Project is widely regarded as an exemplary archaeological operation.

tags: Jordan Seal Heshbon Bulla excavation Natan Melech Givati Madeba Plains Jalul

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