Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1390 Todd Bolen – Elisha and the Roman Legion

Elisha raising the Shunammites Son - Wikipedia

Elisha raising the Shunammites Son – Wikipedia

Two major recent discoveries discussed on this program, a house connected to “Elisha” excavated at Tel Rehov in the Jordan River Valley, and the base of the Roman Legion in the Galilee, excavated near Megiddo. Todd Bolen of Bibleplaces.com joins me to discuss these discoveries and their significance for Biblical Archaeology.

The house at Tel Rehov has some unusual cultic features, and includes an inscription mentioning Elisha. Could it be the prophet? The dating is close but there is no conclusive proof. As for the Roman Legion, their presence at a base near Megiddo dates to a time a century or two after the time of Jesus but the presence of Roman centurions is unmistakable in the gospels and Acts.

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