Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1090 – Herod and friends

A little bit more about Herod this week, and some of his contemporaries. Not only has Ehud Netzer recently announced the discovery of what he believes is the Tomb of Herod. Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass recently announced that archaeologists working in Alexandria may have found the mummies of Antony and Cleopatra. Herod, Antony and Cleopatra were contemporaries, in fact friends. Well Herod and Marc Antony anyway, Cleopatra and Herod were not on good terms, as Paul Maier explains in this week’s program.

We also have some fresh information about Masada, Herod’s mountaintop palace/fortress overlooking the Dead Sea.

Meanwhile, you may also enjoy reading this article in Christianity Today about the writing of the four Gospels. I found it fascinating.

And if you’re looking for an archaeological dig to follow through the summer season, try the John’s Hopkins dig in Egypt.


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