Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1159 – Herod’s Tomb Update, Sepphoris Temple and Magdalan Vases


More information for our radio listeners on recent stories of Biblical Archaeology in the news. We lead off with reports from archaeologist Ehud Netzer, revealing more information from the ongoing excavations at Herod’s Tomb at Herodion, just outside Bethlehem. (Shown, Netzer admiring the Roman-style fresco from a structure that preceded the tomb’s emplacement on the Herodion hillside.)

Other reports include: a Roman temple discovery in downtown Sepphoris, the ruins of a major city just over the hill from tiny Nazareth; sealed vases containing gooey remains of ancient substances found in Magdala, the ancient home town of Mary Magdalene, a sarcophagus fragment from the tomb of the son of a high priest, and restoration completed on the Tomb of Cyrus. Yes, we cover all of these stories, in an attempt to bring you up-to-date information on all of the new discoveries and developments in Biblical Archaeology. I’m joined by my co-host professor Keith Schoville, discussing these discoveries and reminiscing of our visits to many of these locations during last year’s Book & the Spade Tour.

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