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#90: Hanukkah: When the Bible was almost totally destroyed

12/9/2018
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JERUSALEM – The history of Hanukkah is often described in the context of a Jewish victory over the genocidal king Antiochus Epiphanes. While that is true, it is worth pondering the real motivations behind Antiochus onslaught. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at what was at stake in the fight against Antiochus as he sought to not only kill the Jews but to fully eradicate the truth of God from the earth. Fortress of Antiochus Epiphanes Uncovered in Jerusalem -...

Duration:00:34:03

#89: A Fifty Year Partnership in Jerusalem Archaeology

12/2/2018
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JERUSALEM - On December 1, 1968 an important meeting was held at the residence of Israel’s third President, Zalman Shazar in Jerusalem. At that meeting, humanitarian Herbert. W. Armstrong gave Israel’s president the first check of many to fund much of the Temple Mount Excavations, the largest excavations in Israel’s history, led by eminent Hebrew University Prof. Benjamin Mazar. On today’s program, Host Brent Nagtegaal looks back at that meeting, as well as the fruit of the next fifty years...

Duration:00:34:39

#88: Adam Eve: Fact or Fiction?

11/25/2018
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It’s often dismissed as either a cute story or at best a meaningful allegory. Useful for illustrating a moral point, but totally imaginary. Cue the scientific fields of genetics, morphology, and archaeology. It turns out that the sciences have, quite unwittingly, produced a deluge of surprising new evidence attesting to the accuracy of the biblical account of this “primeval couple.” Host Christopher Eames details some of the astounding new facts—things that the ancient biblical writers...

Duration:00:29:50

#87: First Person: Talking to Those Living Under Gaza Missile Fire

11/18/2018
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JERUSALEM - This past week, I visited the area surrounding Gaza during the massive rocket barrage. In many ways, the day was life-changing as I learned about the suffering and effects of this 15-year-long war. On today's show, I detail the trip and emphasize the voices of those who are affected most - the residents of the Gaza envelope. Reporter’s Diary: A Day in the Gaza Envelope - https://watchjerusalem.co.il/478-reporters-diary-a-day-in-the-gaza-envelope Key of David -...

Duration:00:41:35

#86: Recent Findings: Lessons from Yahweh Worship at Dan

11/11/2018
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JERUSALEM - Recently, archaeologists found evidence at the ancient city of Dan indicating that the northern tribes of Israel worshipped Yahweh, which, they say, is counter to what Biblical scholars have believed. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, discusses some of the recent findings from Dan and looks to see what the bible actually says about Israelite worship. Proof of the Bible - https://watchjerusalem.co.il/literature/417-the-proof-of-the-bible Uncovering the Bible’s Buried...

Duration:00:41:45

#85: Remarkable Scientific ‘Coincidences’ of the Biblical Hebrew Language

10/28/2018
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To the critics, the Hebrew Bible is a mishmash of fables wrapped in a relatively unimpressive language. But digging a little deeper into individual biblical words and letters reveals an unimaginably complex world of science. Mere coincidence? On today’s program, host Christopher Eames discusses the remarkable biblical linguistic research of Dr. Haim Shore, and the science behind terms used in the Bible. He also examines the scientific reasons behind God’s specific command of circumcision on...

Duration:00:21:29

#84: Iran Really Does Want to Destroy Israel

10/21/2018
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On Friday, Fox News reported that Iranian Fars Air Boeing 747 landed in Beirut the week earlier carrying GPS devices to make precision-guided weapons inside Iranian factories in Lebanon. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the news in the context of recent improvements in Iran’s ability to hit targets. He also looks at what could happen if Hezbollah achieves the same level of success and how that fits in with Iran’s goal to destroy Israel. King of the South...

Duration:00:33:23

#83: The Prophesied Iranian Exit From Syria

10/14/2018
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For seven years, we have repeatedly drawn your attention to an article titled “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.” In that piece, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry boldly forecast that the war would result in a German-led Europe replacing Iran as the dominant outside force in Syria. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal shows how a path toward fulfillment of this forecast is becoming clear. The ‘Jerusalem Stone’ - https://watchjerusalem.co.il/450-the-jerusalem-stone How the...

Duration:00:44:15

#82: Interview: Using Archaeology to Explore the Origins of Language

10/7/2018
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Recent studies show that language has been hardwired into the human brain, and is a uniquely human characteristic. On today's program we interview Christopher Eames and use archaeology to explore the origins of language by comparing several evolutionist views, as well as the view espoused in the Bible. Language: A ‘Cultural Universal’ in Archaeology and the Bible -watchjerusalem.co.il/436-language-a…-and-the-bible Does the Language You Speak Change Your Brain? from The Sun Also Rises...

Duration:00:30:14

#81: Trade Routes: God’s Way of Blessing Ancient Israel

9/9/2018
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Throughout the Bible, God pronounces blessings or curses on ancient Israel depending on their obedience. But how does God go about bestowing those blessings? On today’s program, we look at one important way – the control of ancient trade routes. We also show how God still uses this means of dispensing blessings, and how it is vital sign showing which nations make up the modern descendants of the Israelites. The United States and Britain in Prophecy...

Duration:00:41:57

#80: Watch Jerusalem Marriage: According to the Bible, Evolution, and Archaeology

9/2/2018
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Cultural Universals are practices undertaken by all human cultures around the world. Marriage is one of them. How to explain it? How can evolution adequately explain the worldwide dispersal of this seemingly abstract concept? On today’s program, guest host Christopher Eames examines marriage in light of archaeological discoveries, and compares them with the biblical account. Marriage: A ‘Cultural Universal’ in Archaeology and the Bible -...

Duration:00:28:24

#79: The First Military Battle Recorded in the Bible

8/26/2018
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Over the past century the first book of the Bible has taken a beating from skeptics as they call into question its historical accuracy. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the Genesis 14 account of the first battle in the Bible in the context of the Middle Eastern civilization during the time of Abraham to see how the story stacks up to secular records. Proof of the Bible - https://watchjerusalem.co.il/literature/417-the-proof-of-the-bible NEWS RELEASE: ABR Makes Important...

Duration:00:45:18

#78: Connecting the discovery of a 3000-year-old bee apiary to the Bible

8/19/2018
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JERUSALEM - After concluding excavating Tel Rehov half a decade ago, Israel prize winning professor Dr. Amahai Mazar has masterfully completed the final reports. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, reviews a fascinating report on discovery of the largest bee apiary in the Middle Eastern at Tel Rehov and its tantalizing connections to the Bible. Elisha: The Prophet, The Legend, The History by Christopher Eames -...

Duration:00:40:59

#77: Biblical Pre-Flood Longevity—Mere Myth? and Processing Finds From the Ophel Cave

8/12/2018
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Just how accurate is the biblical description of near-1,000-year pre-Flood lifespans? Is it mere myth? On today’s program, host Christopher Eames describes fascinating archaeological records known as the Sumerian King Lists, and what they have to say about antediluvian longevity. He also sums up his latest two-month stint in Jerusalem, assisting Dr. Eilat Mazar in publishing finds from the recent excavations of the Ophel...

Duration:00:26:46

#76: A 2,500-Year-Old Jewish Town in Ancient Babylon

8/5/2018
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In 1999, a settlement called “Judahtown” (or Al-Yahudu in Babylonian) was discovered on administrative tablets from 2,500 years ago. Over the next few years, dozens more legal documents were found that originated in that town, providing ample documentation of Jewish life in Babylon following the fall of Jerusalem. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal shows how these mundane documents add further life to the biblical history of this time. Why You Must Watch Jerusalem -...

Duration:00:36:23

#75: Saudi Arabia’s Wake-Up Call to the World

7/29/2018
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JERUSALEM - On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia decided it would no longer send its massive oil tankers through the Bab el-Mandeb, the narrow passageway at the bottom of the Red Sea and one of the main transit points for international goods. This comes after two giant Saudi tankers were attacked this week by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal shows how Saudi Arabia’s decision hails a new era of Iranian dominance in the Red Sea and should be a ringing wake-up...

Duration:00:39:00

#75: River of Living Waters

7/23/2018
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Physical and spiritual healing will flow from God's temple in Jerusalem.

Duration:00:27:01

#74: The Modern State of Israel: Jewish, Israelite or Both

7/22/2018
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Israel is now the Jewish State. A landmark bill passed in the Knesset on Wednesday night made it official that Israel is the “national home of the Jewish people.” While this is obviously well-known, establishing the Jewish character as part of the basic law underscores Israel’s Jewish roots. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the new law in light of the fateful decision in 1948 to call the Jewish State Israel, instead of the other options that were on the table. The United...

Duration:00:35:19

#73: Massive 3,000-Year-Old Gate Found at Potential Hometown of Absalom’s Mother

7/15/2018
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Excavations at an archaeological site just north of the Galilee have revealed a massive gate from the time of King David. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of the find as it relates to the Geshurites who inhabited the region during the time of King David. He also considers the importance of the site in relation to the ongoing debate over Davidic historicity. Talking Biblical Shiloh With Excavation Director Dr. Scott Stripling -...

Duration:00:33:00

#72: Digging Ancient Shiloh With Excavation Director Dr. Scott Stripling

7/8/2018
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Dr. Scott Stripling and his massive team recently completed their second season of excavation at Shiloh. This site located in the very heartland of ancient Israel was the home of the Tabernacle for nearly 400 years. On today’s program, we catch up with Dr. Stripling and discuss the excavation as well as some of this seasons new findings, including an ornate pomegranate, which may provide evidence of the sacred nature of the site. Uncovering the Bible's Buried Cities article series -...

Duration:00:34:25