Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1238 – Archaeological Mystery Solved

Linchpin image

The face on the linchpin.

Some years ago archaeologist Adam Zertal found a funny face on a metal disc and wasn’t sure what it was. Eventually one of his colleagues at the University of Haifa came upon the answer to the mystery while researching Egyptian battle chariots. The Egyptians used to put the face of an enemy on the linch pins that held the wheels onto their chariots. How all of that fits in with the story of Deborah’s conquest over the Canaanite general Sisera is the topic of this program.  We also cover new information on the Hyksos’ Egyptian capital city of Avaris (Tel el-Daba’a) and the discovery of the oldest painting of the apostles found in a Roman catacomb.

The excavations continue in Israel at famous archaeological sites such as Megiddo, Khirbet Qeiyafa, and Tel es-Safi/Gath. The Jerusalem Post carried a story recently on the Megiddo excavations which included mention of Lord and Lady Allenby spending some time onsite. Lord Allenby’s great uncle was the British general who won the last battle fought on the plains of Armageddon, scene of many battles down through history.


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