Jezreel Valley Regional Project Update

With Matthew Adams

In the flat farm fields between the archaeological tel of Megiddo and the Megiddo prison a mile away lie the remains for the only major Roman Legion base known in the eastern Roman empire. Inside the prison itself, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a second century Christian prayer house, one of the earliest known Christian worship buildings. Matthew Adams, director of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem, fills us in on the latest details of the excavations that are part of the Jezreel Valley Project, and what will be happening when the prison is decommissioned and moved, by order of the Israel Supreme Court.

tags: Megiddo Roman Legion Legio prison Prayer house

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The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70, parat 2

With Sidnie White Crawford

More details on what we have learned after 70 years of Dead Sea Scroll scholarship, about the Jewish communities of 2,000 years ago and the culture that gave us the Christian faith. The scrolls were collected by a religious community believed to be the Essenes, but the scrolls don't all necessarily reflect the Essene community.

tags: Dead Sea Scrolls Qumran Essenes

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Christmas - Back to the Basics

With Kenneth Bailey

Christmas comes to us laden with 2,000 years of tradition. Although the traditions are often aimed at helping us become more familiar with the holiday, they sometimes obscure the basic account of the gospels. Kenneth Bailey is the author of Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (published by InterVarsity Press), which is based on 40 years of living and teaching in the Middle East. In this 2-part interview Bailey helps us understand the basics of the biblical account of Jesus’ birth in the gospels, and the significance of some of the details that tradition has misunderstood. He frees Bethlehem innkeepers from the unfair stigma that they have borne for centuries.

tags: Bethlehem Christmas tradition

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The Tomb of Pharaoh's Daughter

With Prof. Clyde Billington

The tombs located in the Kidron Valley and the Hinnom Valley around the Old City of Jerusalem have all been surveyed but many have not been given detailed scrutiny. On this program, we look at the details about one particular tomb, as reported in the January-February 2013 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.

tags: Jerusalem Tombs

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The Proverbs 31 Woman & Archaeology

With Elizabeth McNamer

Archaeology at Bethsaida has revealed details on the lives of women


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