#1636

2018-11-22

Beit Lehi, Jordan Valley Camps, and Jerusalem Cable Car

With Clyde Billington

More news items from the Autumn issue of ARTIFAX, starting with the excavation at Beit Lehi, "the house of the jawbone." Lots of inscriptions in caves at this site, 60 miles SW of Jerusalem, lots of Hellenistic remains, a Byzantine church and one of the earliest Muslim mosques in Israel. Excavations of stone structures in the Jordan Valley, first identified by Adam Zertal, now continuing under a new archaeological team. Zertal suggested that these structures may have been corrals for early Israelites, who lived in tents, and possible evidence for the Exodus. A cable car plan is being discussed that is generating some controversy. The cable car would cross the Hinnom Valley to Mt. Zion and end at the Dung Gate of the old city.

tags: inscriptions Church Jerusalem Mt. Zion Exodus Israelites Beit Lehi Shephelah Hellenistic period mosque Jordan Valley Cable Car Dung Gate

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#1379

2013-04-24

The Search for Barnabas

With Prof. Michael Cosby

Messiah College New Testament professor Michael Cosby was intrigued by the lack of information on the apostle Barnabas, outside of the New Testament. So he set off to Cyprus to find out what else he could discover about one of the top leaders of the early church. And what he found out was that there was much additional early evidence. But there are some later traditions, which have their own issues.

tags: Apostle Barnabas Cyprus

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#1326

2012-04-18

Hippos/Sussita - a city of the Decapolis

With Prof. Mark Schuler

When we first discussed Hippos/Sussita in the early days of The Book & The Spade, it was a major site just waiting to be excavated by archaeologists. Finally, a dozen years ago, the archaeologists arrived. We have been reporting on exciting discoveries at Hippos/Sussita in the last few years, finally our chance to talk with an archaeologist who has been working there: prof. Mark Schuler of Concordia University in St. Paul. Prof. Schuler is in charge of the excavations in the NE quadrant of this hilltop city overlooking the Sea of Galilee, including one of the eight Byzantine churches that have been identified.

tags: Hippos Sussita Decapolis Byzantine Churches Deaconess

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#1298

2011-10-05

The African Memory of Mark, part 3

With Prof. Thomas Oden

Focusing on the early church in Alexandria, and the evidence for Mark's role in its beginning.

tags: Libya Cyrene Mark Africa Alexandria

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#1269

2011-03-01

Women Priests in the Early Church

With Prof. Giorgio Otranto

An interview from 1991 on prof. Otranto's research into archaeological evidence for women priests in the early church. [Italian, with translation]

tags: Giorgio Otranto Bari Women priests Catholic Church inscriptions

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