Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1596 Clyde Billington – Jerusalem’s Roman Theater

the recently excavated Roman Theater in Jerusalem

Archaeologist Joe Uziel, inside the recently excavated Roman Theater along the western wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

More stories from the news digest of the Autumn issue of ARTIFAX magazine, including the cover story on the discovery of the first Roman theater ever found in Jerusalem. Although Josephus mentions a Roman theater in Jerusalem in the first century, this new discovery is apparently not that theater, for reasons discussed on the program. This is a very small theater and may have been used for governing purposes, rather than entertainment.

Other topics discussed on this program include the discovery of a Byzantine era mosaic at the Damascus Gate with a connection to the famous Nea Church built by the Emperor Justinian, and the discovery of bullae (clay seal impressions) from the First Temple Period.

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