In the final episode of season 2, learn about the violent history and politically charged present of the Jews’ most important artifact.
Episode links: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/37/2/7 ; https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/temple-at-jerusalem/the-temple-mount-in-the-herodian-period/
In ancient Hebron, Abraham bought the first bit of the Promised Land, David unified Israel’s tribes into a nation, and Herod built a structure that now straddles the border between Israel and Palestine.
Nazareth doesn’t get a lot of ink in the Bible, but it has a long history. It was a 1st-century Jewish “puritan” city, has attracted Christian pilgrims since 360, and is the largest Muslim city inside Israel today.
Episode links: https://madainproject.com/sisters_of_nazareth_archaeological_site; https://www.nazarethvillage.com/about/research-and-archaeology/; https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/has-the-childhood-home-of-jesus-been-found/
Wine was discovered almost 8,000 years ago in Turkey and has been cultivated in and around Israel ever since. Learn how it was used in ancient society and how it relates to biblical narratives.
Episode links: https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/digs-2015/excavating-the-ancient-near-easts-oldest-wine-cellar-the-results-of-the-2015-season-at-tel-kabri/
Peel away the false salacious reputation you may have been told about Mary of Magdala, and learn about the real 1st-century prosperous and devout city that was her home.
Episode links: https://www.magdala.org/
This bonus episode will tell you all you want to know about the newly revealed scroll fragments, mummified child, and Neolithic basket from Qumran’s so-called Cave of Horror.
Episode links: https://www.timesofisrael.com/bible-scroll-fragments-among-dazzling-artifacts-found-in-dead-sea-cave-of-horror/
Written by rebels, ransomed by thieves, and hoarded by scholars. Hear the stories of the creation, discovery, and publication of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.
Episode links: https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/learn-about-the-scrolls/introduction
Explore Masada, the winter palace of Herod the Great, king of Judaea in the 1st century BCE. Learn the background of his biographer, Josephus--who was more Roman propagandist than Jewish sentimentalist.
Episode links: https://www.parks.org.il/en/reserve-park/masada-national-park/
Listen to what Amanda has been up to since Season 1 ended. You'll hear some fun stories from her time digging and traveling in Israel, learn a little about her next book, and get a preview of what is to come in Season 2.
Israelite burials were functionally and symbolically different from modern practices.
Episode links: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/12/2/1
Scripture says that Rahab lived "on" or "in" Jericho's city wall. What does that mean, and what can we learn about her from the "neighborhood" where she lived?
Episode links: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/39/5/5
Ancient gates weren't just hinged pickets as we may imagine when we read Scripture today. They were buildings unto themselves, where some of the most important city activities happened every day.
Episode links: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/14/2/3
Learn how some temples built in other regions of the Levant can help us understand the Bible's descriptions of Solomon's temple.
Episode links: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/26/3/1
For decades, many archaeologists doubted the historical existence of David and Solomon. Listen and learn what evidence proves them wrong!
Episode links: https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/the-tel-dan-inscription-the-first-historical-evidence-of-the-king-david-bible-story/
When you read about the golden calf the Israelites made in Exodus, do you envision Cecil B. DeMille's glossy statue from The Ten Commandments? Find out how this traditional Easter film got most of the details wrong.
Episode links: https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/17/2/4