Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1250 – Samaritan Temple in Bethshean

Petra paintings

Petra paintings

The Samaritans are mentioned in the gospels numerous times. Today there are two small Samaritan communities in Israel, one in Nablus and one in Tel Aviv.

The Samaritans thrived as a community for several centuries before and after the time of Christ. The recent discovery of a Samaritan Temple just south of Bethshean is evidence of that community, around the year 500 A.D.

On this week’s program we also discuss a temple discovered in Jordan, some beautiful wall paintings restored at Petra (also in Jordan), and possible renovations of the Western Wall in Jerusalem moving one step closer to reality.

Some other interesting news we’ve come across in the past week: the Tomb of Ezekiel in Iraq faces development, and the Dead Sea Scrolls are going online.


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