Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1516 Clyde Billington – The Harbor of Corinth and the Machaerus Palace

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Machaerus, overlooking the Dead Sea

Archaeological work is being done underwater to study the western harbor of Corinth, Lechaion on the Corinthian Gulf. Ancient Corinth profited greatly from the maritime traffic across the isthmus from the western harbor of Lechaion to the eastern harbor of Cenchrae. The work currently underway is looking at construction dating to around 500 A.D.

Authorities in Jordan have announced the reconstruction of Herod’s mountaintop fortress of Machaerus, where Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist (as reported in Mark 6:21-29) after the dance of Salome.

We discuss these two news items that were reported in the winter 2016 issue of ARTIFAX magazine.

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