Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1527 Clyde Billington – Magdala, Bethlehem, and Elephants



The cover story on the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine is about the latest discoveries at the first century city of Magdala, along the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. The work there is ongoing. The latest discoveries may be relatively minor, they include an incense shovel. But incense shovels are not ordinary items in Israeli archaeology. And Magdala is no ordinary archaeological site, the connections to the ministry of Jesus are very strong so this site is worth keeping an eye on.

We also discuss the recent discovery of ancient burials near Bethlehem, and what they tell us about this city, whose biblical history stretches from the time of Jacob and Rachel to the birth of Jesus.

And finally, elephants in the Bible. What is their significance? They’re there if you know how to look for them.


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