Khirbet el-Maqatir, 2015, part 2

With Scott Stripling

Originally begun to test a theory about the location of the city of Ai from Joshua 7-8, Khirbet el-Maqatir has now developed into a multi-dimensional site with remains from almost a half dozen eras. It's the largest excavation in Israel in terms of manpower. Again this year Scott Stripling fills us in on the discoveries and developments of their 3-week season, including another Egyptian scarab, for the third year in a row.

tags: Egyptian Scarab Ai Khirbet el-Maqatir Ephrata

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Biblical Archaeology Top Ten of 2014

With Todd Bolen

There was a dearth of sensational discoveries in 2014, and without a bunch of discovery announcements in December it would have been a very slim year of exciting discoveries. But we do have a list, which was picked up by Christianity Today. Tops on the list was the discovery of a new monumental entrance to Herodium, Herod’s fortress/palace in the desert near Bethlehem, an entrance that was apparently never used because Herod decided to close it up and build a mausoleum nearby instead. The second discovery on the list: a half-dozen bullae (clay seal impressions) found at a small site called Khirbet Summeily, on the Judahite/Philistine border. Item #3 is a scarab of Pharaoh Sheshonq, know in the Bible as Shishak.

tags: Herodium Sheshonq bullae

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Sheshonq's Scarab

With Clyde Billington

More discoveries reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine reviewed on this program, including the recently announced scarab of Sheshonq, the Egyptian pharaoh who raided through Judah and took all of Solomon’s gold out of the Jerusalem temple. His scarab was found in 2006 at a copper production facility in Jordan. We continue with a discussion of research at another nearby copper facility in Israel at Timna and what has been learned about the men who worked there. We discuss the oldest metal object ever found in the Middle East, an awl at Tel Tsaf, also found several years ago but just recently announced. And finally, the discovery of an ivory game board at an area of the Tel Gezer excavation that’s been dubbed “Solomon’s casino.”

tags: Solomon copper mines games ivory Sheshonq

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Khirbet el-Maqatir, 2014

With Scott Stripling

It started as a humble little excavation out in a field north of Jerusalem almost 20 years ago, and this year it's one of the largest digs in Israel. At least that's what Scott Stripling told us as we got an update on the 2014 excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the site the excavators believe might be Joshua's Ai. That's the city conquered by the Israelites after their defeat of Jericho. Interestingly, the remains of a New Testament first century city have become prominent in the excavation over the last few years. Could it be Ephraim, a city mentioned in the gospel of John? Lots to talk about as we get the report on the just-concluded excavation season.

tags: scarab Ai Khirbet el-Maqatir Ephraim

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The Top Ten Biblical Archaeology Discoveries of 2013

With Prof. Clyde Billington

A list of ten discoveries taken from those we’ve discussed on The Book & The Spade radio program and reported in the pages of ARTIFAX magazine over the past year.

tags: Khirbet Qeiyafa Hazor scarab Tel Kabri Jezreel Khirbet el-Maqatir Sphinx wine winepress

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