Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

Posts tagged “Romans

1565 Joel Pless – Pompeii & Herculaneum

Victims of Mt. Vesuvius eruption in situ.

Victims of Mt. Vesuvius eruption in situ.

A window into the Roman world of the New Testament is afforded through the ruins that have been excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The two cities were destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

But is there even more of a biblical connection? An answer that may surprise you from Joel Pless, professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College, in this interview.

Yes we do know that the apostle Paul traveled in this area, near the end of his ministry, but there’s more than that. Tune in and listen.

Photo: By Lancevortex – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47499
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1564 Clyde Billington – Walls of Jerusalem, Jebusite and Roman

Walls of Jerusalem - built in the 16th century

Walls of Jerusalem – built in the 16th century

News stories about the walls of Jerusalem, reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX magazine, include stories about the discovery of two triclinia (banquet rooms), along the western wall of the Temple Mount; the discovery of the location where the Romans breached the “Third Wall” during the first Jewish revolt; and new information about the Middle Bronze Age fortifications built by the Jebusites around the Gihon Spring.