Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1147-1148 – The Great Temple at Petra

Although not mentioned in the Bible, Petra’s presence is within the Bible’s shadow. The traditional site of Mount Hor, where Aaron came to final rest, is right next to Petra. King Aretas IV, who ruled Petra in the first century, is mentioned in Paul’s Second letter to the Corinthians. And it was Aretas’ daughter that Herod Antipas cast aside to marry Herodias, in the soap opera that ended up in the beheading of John the Baptist. Aside from all of that Petra is just one of the most intriguing places to visit in the entire Middle East. And there’s been some interesting archaeology going on there. In these two programs we talk with Martha Joukowsky of Brown University about her excavations at the Great Temple in Petra.


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