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#70: Jordanian Tanks Sent to Syrian Border and the Latest Attack Against Kings David and Solomon

6/24/2018
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Jerusalem – Earlier this week, Jordanian tanks were spotted heading to the Syrian border just across from where Iranian fighters are operational. At the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Amman to confirm Berlin’s commitment to Jordan’s defense. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of the German/Jordan alliance, in the face of the Iranian threat. Later in the show, he also looks recent study from Cornell University that takes a shot at the...

Duration:00:50:49

#69: How Kingship in Ancient Israel was Unique

6/17/2018
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One of the chief lessons from the history of Isaiah and Hezekiah was how the king saved the nation by listening to the prophet’s counsel. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks back to the establishment of kingship in ancient Israel, and shows how the prophet/king relationship was essential to national success. Exhibit brochure: Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered! - https://watchjerusalem.co.il/literature/3242-seals-of-isaiah-and-king-hezekiah-discovered-exhibit-brochure

Duration:00:29:44

#68: One final look at King Hezekiah before the exhibit opens

6/3/2018
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JERUSALEM – With just one week till the opening of the archaeological exhibit “Seals of King Hezekiah and Isaiah Discovered,” we use today’s program to update you on the final preparations for the exhibit and the live reception in Jerusalem. We also look back on an earlier interview with archaeologist Christopher Eames where he discussed what has been found so far relating to King Hezekiah’s time. Seals of King Hezekiah and Isaiah Discovered www.watchjerusalem.co.il/exhibit Hezekiah: A...

Duration:00:36:28

#67: Preparing for the Seals of King Hezekiah and Isaiah Exhibit

5/27/2018
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JERUSALEM – Today, forty artifacts including the seals impressions of King Hezekiah of Judah and Isaiah, left Ben Gurion airport en route to Edmond, Oklahoma where they will be showcased for the next three months. Opening in two weeks, the “Seals of King Hezekiah and Isaiah Discovered” exhibit will bring to life the epic 2700-year-old history of Jerusalem’s deliverance from the mighty Assyrian Empire. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at stunning circumstances surrounding both...

Duration:00:29:32

#66: Europe’s Incomprehensible Strategy to Contain Iran

5/13/2018
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Two important events of the past week reshaped the Middle East: United States President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iranian Nuclear Deal, and Iran and Israel went at each other for the first time in decades. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses these events in light of the Europe’s foreign policy decision making regarding Iran. On the one hand, Europe lambasted Mr. Trump for pulling out of the deal, and on the other, it reprimanded Iran firing on Israel from Syria, somehow...

Duration:00:31:26

#65: Another Davidic-Era City Revealed

5/6/2018
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JERUSALEM – The debate over the historicity of Kings David and Solomon has dominated the discussion in Biblical archaeology for the past two decades. Was the United Monarchy as the Bible describes, or was it a creation of the scribes hundreds of years later? On today’s show, host Brent Nagtegaal, looks at the stunning recent discovery of a Davidic-era city in the south of Judah. David: The True Story of History’s Most Legendary King -...

Duration:00:28:02

#64: Did Mice Save Jerusalem from the Mighty Assyrian Empire?

4/22/2018
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JERUSALEM – On April 18, Haaretz ran a piece entitled “How Mice May Have Saved Jerusalem 2,700 years Ago From the Terrifying Assyrians,” which looked into the historicity of the Biblical account of King Hezekiah. As noted in the article, the fact that the Assyrian army turned around and let Hezekiah go indicates something highly out of the ordinary took place. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, looks at the possible scenarios that sent the Assyrians packing. Hezekiah: a Story, a...

Duration:00:34:28

#63: Europe Enters Syrian Fray

4/15/2018
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JERUSALEM - In the early hours of April 14, the United States, United Kingdom and France struck three chemical weapons facilities inside Syria. Over 100 missiles fired from ships in the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and Red Sea, as well as from French and British jets hit their targets with perfect accuracy. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal analyses the joint response and whether or not it will be effective at stopping Assad from using chemical weapons again. He also discusses...

Duration:00:37:59

#62: Ophel Excavations conclude and the latest Hamas offensive

4/1/2018
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JERUSALEM – On Thursday, the Ophel excavations in Jerusalem concluded, but not before releasing the stunning discovery of a huge number of 2000 year old coins. The discovery made international news and the front page of the Jerusalem Post on Friday. On today’s program, Ophel excavator Brent Nagtegaal discusses the discovery. He also analyses the ongoing situation at the Gaza border, looking at the unsurprising international response to another Hamas offensive. Rare Jewish Revolt Coins...

Duration:00:41:58

#61: The Fruits of Bible Believing Archaeology

3/18/2018
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Jerusalem – In the past 100 years of archaeology in ancient Jerusalem, the personal seals of five biblical personalities have been discovered in controlled scientific excavations. But did you know that four out of the five of those were discovered in the excavations of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Dr. Eilat Mazar? Some would say she is just lucky, but is there another reason why she is so fortunate? On the second half of today’s program, Host Brent Nagtegaal searches for an answer to...

Duration:00:38:47

#60: The Isaiah Bulla in Context

3/4/2018
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JERUSALEM - On Thursday February 22, Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University of Jerusalem released one of the most astounding biblically significant discoveries of our time – the seal of the Prophet Isaiah. While there are different interpretations of the seal, the context in which it was found provides the greatest proof that it was none other than the famed prophet and friend of Biblical king Hezekiah. On today’s program, archaeologist Brent Nagtegaal gives a first-hand account of the...

Duration:00:34:14

#59: Netanyahu Blasts Iran at Munich

2/18/2018
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is known for being a straight shooter in calling out Iran for its regional provocations. Sunday’s speech at the Munich Security Conference was no different as he held up a piece of the Iranian made drone destroyed by Israel last week and asked the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zariv if he recognized it. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal analyses Netanyahu’s speech in light of a possible twist in the direction of the Syrian Civil War and the...

Duration:00:33:44

#58: Iran and Israel at War

2/11/2018
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Over the weekend, an Iranian drone entered Israeli territory for the first time before being shot out of the sky. In response, Israel targeted Iranian assets in Syria for the first time. Then, for the first time since 1982, an Israeli jet was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles. Put together, these are not normal times. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at Israel’s response and the growing unease that war with a large-scale war Iran is inevitable in Syria. King of the...

Duration:00:29:51

#57: EU: Archaeology used as tool to legitimize settlements in East Jerusalem

2/4/2018
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According to a leaked internal report obtained by the Guardian, European Union diplomats claim that Israel is using archaeological excavations in Jerusalem as a “political tool to modify the historical narrative and to support legitimize and expand settlements.” On today’s program, archaeologist Brent Nagtegaal looks at the EU’s claim in reference to the ancient city of Jerusalem known as the City of David. Did David and Solomon Actually Exist? -...

Duration:00:28:56

#56: Dating the Palace of David

1/21/2018
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It’s finally happening! According to Haaretz, archaeologists in Jerusalem have started to “Drop Bible, Pick Up Science to Solve Jerusalem Puzzles.” In his January 18 piece, Ariel David describes the four-year project that is underway to accurately radio-carbon date Jerusalem’s layers. What’s inferred from the piece is that the use of the Bible in archaeology was inherently unscientific and only when carbon samples are used can we be sure actual science is taking place. On today’s program,...

Duration:00:35:37

#55: The Ophel of Jerusalem

1/14/2018
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he fourth season of excavation at Jerusalem’s Ophel area is set to begin tomorrow. On today’s program, excavation archaeologist Brent Nagtegaal briefly examines the history of the Ophel excavations, as well as the Ophel’s importance in Jerusalem’s ancient geography. Ophel Excavation Blog: www.keytodavidscity.com The "cave": www.keytodavidscity.com/exploring-the-area-b-cave/

Duration:00:30:50

#54: Top biblical archaeology finds of 2017 and more!

12/31/2017
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2017 has been an incredibly fast-past year in the world, and especially in the Middle East. It has been a year of devastating attacks, celebrating anniversaries, and impressive archaeological discoveries. On today’s program, guest host Christopher Eames summarizes some of the top events and milestones celebrated in Israel over the past year, and looks more closely at some of 2017’s most impressive, biblically significant archaeological...

Duration:00:31:49

#53: Israel’s Archaeological Elite Embrace the Spirit of UNESCO

12/24/2017
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When UNESCO passed a resolution that refused to acknowledge the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Israelis were outraged. When UNESCO passed a resolution that refused to acknowledge the Jewish connection to Hebron, Israelis were outraged. However, when the archaeological elite in Israel follow in the path of UNESCO and deny the historical accuracy of the Bible, where is the outrage? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, looks at one example of some of Israel’s finest...

Duration:00:37:08

#52: The World’s Preoccupation with Jerusalem

12/17/2017
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The aftermath of United States President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel highlights a preoccupation with the city that is unmatched by any other. Just why do so many people care about Jerusalem today? On today’s program, given from the Holy City, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the disgruntled nations following Mr. Trump’s decision in light of the role they will play in biblical prophecy. Does Europe Want to Take Over from United States as Peace Mediator?...

Duration:00:37:23

#51: A Capital in Jerusalem—And Just How Ancient are the Biblical Writings?

12/10/2017
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t is a massive debate between the biblical minimalists and traditionalists. Just when was the Bible written? On the one hand, there are those that claim it was written just when it says—the traditionalists; and on the other, there are the those who claim it was written hundreds, if not a thousand years, later—the minimalists. Can we know? On today’s program, guest host Christopher Eames finishes his series examining that question, in light of archaeological and textual evidence, with the...

Duration:00:28:14