#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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#1319

2012-03-03

Bethsaida of the First Century

With Prof. Rami Arav

Archaeologist Rami Arav believes the site of et-Tell was the Bethsaida of the New Testament. During a 1996 Israel visit I was able to sit down with Rami Arav and talk about his excavations. (This is the second half of the interview that began with the preceding program when we talked about the Iron Age level at et-Tell).

tags: Bethsaida et-Tell Rami Arav fishermen disciples

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#1318

2012-02-22

Bethsaida - The Iron Age

With Prof. Rami Arav

In 1996, and during subsequent study tours to Israel, we have visited the ruins of et-Tell, which archaeologist Rami Arav believes was the Bethsaida of the New Testament. Intriguingly, the Iron Age remains at the site seem more extensive than those of the later period. They may be 1,000 years older, and Arav believes the city was the capital of the kingdom of Geshur at that time. Geshur was the home of one of King David's wives, the mother of Absalom. During that 1996 visit I was able to sit down with Rami Arav and talk about his excavations.

tags: Bethsaida et-Tell Rami Arav Geshur Absalom

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