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#115: Another Davidic City Discovered, But is it Biblical Ziklag?

JERUSALEM - We have found biblical Ziklag,” declared a press release from the Khirbet a-Ra’i excavation team this week. A massive archaeological effort has taken place at the site over the past three years, excavating through a square kilometer of the tel and providing evidence for what could be considered King David’s “first” city. On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the claim that Khirbet a-Ra’i is biblical Ziklag and the larger point that another Davidic-era city has been...


#114: DNA Study Confirms Biblical Account of Philistine Origins

JERUSALEM – A recent DNA study of the ancient Philistines revealed that one of ancient Israel’s most formidable foes traveled to the land from southern Europe, confirming what many historians and archaeologists have long believed. The media quickly picked up on the study with articles being published in Live Science, the New York Times, the Washington Post and most other papers of note. Stunningly, one fact was left out of most of the reports. The DNA study actually confirms what the Bible...


#113: Interview: Working the ‘Big Dig’ in 1972

Following the recapture of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War, there was an immediate interest in conducting excavations in the Holy City. Prof. Benjamin Mazar led a massive team in undertaking a decade-long project that became known as the “Big Dig” around the southern wall of the Temple Mount (1968–1976). The dig was supported in 50-50 partnership by the leader of our parent organization, Herbert W. Armstrong, chancellor of Ambassador College. Hundreds of Ambassador students participated in...


#112: Iran Ignites the Gulf of Oman and the Dangerous Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM – On June 13, Iran attacked two tankers just outside the Strait of Hormuz, the most critical oil choke point in the world. This follows attacks on four different tankers a month earlier. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses Iran’s strategy in stepping up these attacks. On the second half of the program, Nagtegaal analyzes the surge in anti-Semitic attacks in the Western world, and the weak-willed response to them. He attended a recent Jerusalem symposium were world...


#111: Germany publicly endorses expanding mission in Syria, potentially replacing the United States

A joint press conference between United States Security of State Mike Pompeo and German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass on Friday confirmed that Germany is looking to increase its involvement in Syria, potential safeguarding safe zones in northeastern Syria. “Germany, thus, becomes the first European country to publicly express its willingness to participate in maintaining the security zone…” Kurdistan 24 wrote concerning Germany’s decision. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses...


#110: Dinosaurs, the Ice Age, and Early Man: Evidence Against the Bible?

Host Christopher Eames examines Earth’s early history, comparing the scientific evidence and the biblical account of creation—with some surprising parallels. Scientists have discovered much regarding the earliest history of the Earth, dinosaurs, “ice age” creatures, and early man. This early “prehistory” is seen as completely contradictory to the biblical account. As such, Bible believers promote many different forms of creationism, such as theistic evolution, to explain away supposed...


#109: Balak, Bilbo or Bruce? Mesha Stele Says Anything but David

JERUSALEM – Two weeks ago, scholars from Tel Aviv University and the College de France published a paper dismissing the notion that the name of king David could be found on the Mesha Stele, an almost 3,000-year-old stone inscription. Instead, they proposed it mentions the Moabite king Balak. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal briefly discusses the outrageous new claim, as well as further evidence for the traditional reading of the inscription. Mesha portion begins at 18:50. Is the...


#108: First Person: Taking Cover in Ashkelon

ASHKELON – In the past 24 hours, Iranian-backed terrorist groups operating in the Gaza Strip fired over 600 rockets at Israel, killing four civilians. On Sunday, amidst the attack, Watch Jerusalem host Brent Nagtegaal visited the Gaza Strip border region on a media tour and had to seek refuge from more rockets. Ironically, that safety was found with family members of a man that died from an attack overnight. Here is the account of that visit. Jerusalem in Prophecy


#107: Elusive Fortified City of King Rehoboam Found in Israel

The ancient city of Lachish in southern Israel is one of the most excavated sites in Israel. It is mentioned in the Bible during the time of Jeremiah, and further back during the time of King Hezekiah. Earlier, the Bible notes that it was King Rehoboam, King David’s grandson, who first fortified the city around 920 BCE. And yet, all the excavations at Lachish have failed to uncover a fortified city from the time of Rehoboam. Until now. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the...


#106: Does Archaeology Support the Biblical Account of the Exodus?

Archaeology is often used as a bulwark against those who would so readily dismiss the Bible as mere myth. Discoveries over the past 100 years have confirmed many elements of the biblical narrative from the time of the kings and the prophets. But what has been uncovered correlating to the earlier period of the Exodus? On today’s program, we talk with archaeology writer Christopher Eames about what archaeology and secular history has to say about the biblical account of Israel’s deliverance...


#105: Did Lions, Bears, Leopards and Camels Really Live in Ancient Israel?

Around 100 different creatures are described in the Bible, most of which are described as native to Israel or the Middle East. Could such exotic animals really have lived in this territory? How did the ancient biblical writers even know about some of these animals? On today’s program, we interview archaeology writer Christopher Eames about the elusive animals of the Bible and what insights archaeology has to offer. The Animals of the Bible The Proof of the Bible


#104: Official in King Josiah’s Court Confirmed in Jerusalem Excavation

JERUSALEM – The Givati excavation in Jerusalem has been running around the clock for over a decade. This week, the excavation made international news over the discovery of a seal impression of an official mentioned in the Bible. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal interviews Givati excavation co-director Dr. Yiftah Shalev at the site. They discuss the recent discovery, as well as the larger context of the Jerusalem excavation. Nathan-Melech: Found!


#103: Israeli Archaeologist: Jeroboam II, Not David, Is the Real Biblical Hero

JERUSALEM - In his latest attack against King David, Tel Aviv University archaeologist Israel Finklestein now says that the history of the United Monarchy under King David and Solomon, is really just a description of the magnificent kingdom of Jeroboam II, projected back by aggrandizing Jewish scribes centuries later. On today's program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at a recent Haaretz article featuring this new theory and shows why it is dishonest to the facts on the ground, and in the Bible...


#102: "Generic” Biblical Names: What Archaeology Says

Adam. Seth. Jacob. Moses. None of these biblical individuals have been absolutely proven through archaeology. But what of the simple names? The Bible is full of names for different people of different periods. If archaeology can corroborate names for the right periods, then that would serve as proof, in its own right, of the accuracy of the biblical record. On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the slew of “generic” biblical names that have been verified in the archaeology...


#101: After Conquering Iraq, Suleimani Eyes Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Last Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei awarded General Qassem Suleimani with the Order of Zulfaqar, the highest military honor in the country. Suleimani is the first person to receive the commendation since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Why now? Suleimani’s award came at the precise time a large Iranian delegation was in Iraq cementing their alliance. The correlation between the two events is clear: Suleimani was being recognized for successfully overseeing...


#100: Gen. Qassem Suleimani: The Point of Iran’s Spear

JERUSALEM – “Sulemani is singularly dangerous. He is also singularly positioned to shape the future of the Middle East.” This is how United States Gen. Stanley McChrystal recently described the head of Iran’s Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At a time when Iran is seeking hegemonic goals in the Middle East, Suleimani leads the expeditionary force making it possible. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the battlefield successes of Qassem Suleimani in light...


#99: A Tale of Two Great Scientists

Sensationalist, biased, fraudulent, agenda-driven—such were the ad hominem attacks leveled by the scholarly Victorian establishment against the great African explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. One of the greatest adventurers ever to have lived, this man suffered much abuse from establishment peers jealous of his work. Unfortunately, his story is all too familiar. Dr. Eilat Mazar—an archaeologist that we at Watch Jerusalem have been privileged to work with for well over a decade—is one of...


#98: Archaeological Proof of the Prophet Jeremiah’s Helpers

JERUSALEM – The historical setting of the biblical book of Jeremiah has been verified time and again by both archaeological discoveries and contemporary literary sources. Although the story took place over 2600 years ago, many of Jeremiah’s friends and as well as the kings he warned have been uncovered by modern science. On today’s show, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the historical reality of the Book of Jeremiah’s lesser-known heroes, who each had their own difficult journey’s in support...


#97: Ancient Iran—History’s Greatest Supporter of Zionism

JERUSALEM – There is not a week that passes without another threat from Iran to destroy Israel. However, the Iranian regime claims they is not anti-Semitic. As proof, Iran readily promotes the existence of the 10,000 Jews currently living in Iran. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal contrasts the policy of Iran’s current leaders to its Jewish population at home and the Jewish population in Israel. He also explores the stunning Zionist enterprise of ancient Persia that allowed, and even...


#96: What Happened to God's Promise to David of an Everlasting Throne?

JERUSALEM – In 2 Samuel 7, God promised that King David’s line would continue on the throne over Israel forever. But what exactly does that mean? Many Jews interpret that promise to mean that there would always be a son of David alive to sit on the throne – if there was a throne. Christians believe that it was all fulfilled in Jesus. However, the prophet Jeremiah believed that it meant that there would always be someone of Davidic lineage sitting on an actual throne over Israel. In fact,...