#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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#1587

2017-09-12

Bethsaida, Huqoq, and Rosh Ha-Ayin

With Clyde Billington

Catching up on the latest discoveries in biblical archaeology, professor Clyde Billington joins me to discuss some of the news digest items in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine. But first, a quick look at one of the top biblical archaeology stories of the summer that will be reported in the next issue of ARTIFAX, and that is the dispute of the true location of the New Testament city of Bethsaida. Excavations at el-Araj, on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee this past summer uncovered some first century remains which has renewed the debate. For most of the past three decades, archaeologist Rami Arav has been excavating at a site about a mile from the shore called et-Tell, which he says is Bethsaida. We also discuss the latest mosaic discoveries from the ongoing excavations at Huqoq, near the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and a giant Assyrian period cistern discovered at Rosh Ha-Ayin, near Tel Aphek and the headwaters of the Yarkon River.

tags: Mosaics Jodi Magness Huqoq Bethsaida Cistern Sea of Galilee Assyrian Aphek Roman ruins polis et-Tel el-Araj zodiac Yarkon

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#1388

2013-07-25

Khirbet el-Maqatir Ai Update, part 2

With Bryant Wood

Khirbet El-Maqatir, a small site about nine miles NNE of Jerusalem, has what the nearby site of et-Tell lacks, Bronze Age remains from the time of Joshua. Bryant Wood of Associates for Biblical Research believes Khirbet El-Maqatir is the city of Ai, conquered by Joshua shortly after the conquest of Jericho. After four more weeks of 2013 excavations, the most productive season since the first season, he is even more convinced. He explains why in this 2-part interview.

tags: scarab Ai Joshua Khirbet el-Maqatir Bryant Wood orthostats

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#1387

2013-07-17

Khirbet el-Maqatir Ai Update

With Bryant Wood

Khirbet El-Maqatir, a small site about nine miles NNE of Jerusalem, has what the nearby site of et-Tell lacks, Bronze Age remains from the time of Joshua. Bryant Wood of Associates for Biblical Research believes Khirbet El-Maqatir is the city of Ai, conquered by Joshua shortly after the conquest of Jericho. After four more weeks of 2013 excavations, the most productive season since the first season, he is even more convinced. He explains why in this 2-part interview.

tags: Ai Joshua Khirbet el-Maqatir Bryant Wood

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