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Watch Jerusalem

Hosted by Brent Nagtegaal

The Watch Jerusalem weekly audio podcast brings you news, interviews, archaeology and the Bible from on location in the Holy City. Host Brent Nagtegaal gives you the most important developments happening on the ground—and emerging from beneath it. Nagtegaal discusses archaeological evidence, old and new, that elucidates Biblical history and also looks at events in the Middle East from a Biblical perspective. Unlock the future with the Bible and the artifacts of the past every week on Watch Jerusalem.

Host Brent Nagtegaal is an archaeologist and WatchJerusalem.co.il contributor living in Jerusalem.

#45: Is the Bible a True Story?

Aired Sunday, October 29, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   40 minutes

On October 24, a large feature entitled, “Is the Bible a True Story?” ran in Haaretz—one of Israel’s largest newspapers. Instead of using the opportunity to discuss how biblical history is being unearthed, the author chose to discredit archaeologists who dare claim the Bible is an accurate source of history. On today's program, host Brent Nagtegaal takes the Haaretz piece and reveals what was missing from the discussion.

#44: Iran’s domination of Iraq is complete

Aired Sunday, October 22, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

Earlier this week, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corp Quds Force commander Qassam Suleimani headed to Kurdistan and struck a deal which resulted in the complete withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the area surrounding Kirkuk, back towards Kurdistan. By breaking up the united Kurdish front, Iran has removed the only obstacle that stood in its way from completely dominating Iraq. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of Iran’s role as it relates to biblical prophecy.

#43: Bible Prophecy and the Hamas Plot to Wrest Power from Fatah

Aired Sunday, September 24, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   38 minutes

Bible Prophecy and the Hamas Plan to Wrest Power from Fatah

For the past six months, Hamas has cleaned up its image to make it appear as a credible player in Palestinian politics. This week, Hamas announced it was ready to hand over administrative control of the Gaza Strip to its rival Fatah. We can be sure Hamas won’t hand over control for nothing in return - so what is Hamas up to? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at why Hamas’s current gambit may be successful where other attempts have failed.

#42: Uncovering the Historical Nehemiah

Aired Sunday, September 17, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   33 minutes

On today’s program, archaeologist Christopher Eames discusses the life and times of the Biblical hero Nehemiah in the context of recent archaeological discoveries in the Middle East. Host Brent Nagtegaal also recounts the discovery of Nehemiah’s wall in 2007 of which he was a part.

#41: Israel Takes Out Syrian Weapons Facility and Ancient Israelite Seals Discovered in Judah

Aired Sunday, September 10, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   40 minutes

On Thursday, Israel conducted an outlandish attack on a Syrian chemical weapons facility. On today’s program, we discuss what the attack means in terms of Israel’s growing isolation as well as the world's acceptance of Assad's rule. Then, we discuss the recent discovery of the numerous seal impressions in the ancient city of David from 2700 to 2600 years ago. These impressions have interesting names on them that indicate a critical alignment with the powerful biblical event during the time of King Hezekiah.

#40: Ancient Astronomy, Mathematics, and the Patriarch Abraham

Aired Sunday, September 3, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

On the heels of the Great American Eclipse, we look back at ancient Babylonian knowledge of astronomy, predictions of eclipses, and their mathematical system that was, in some respects, “superior” to our own. We also look into the key role that Abraham played in these fields of Babylonian science (as reported by numerous ancient historians)—and how his discovery of the true God through science led to his expulsion from Babylonia and journey into Canaan.

#39: Scientific Method, the Bible and the Genesis Account of Creation

Aired Sunday, August 27, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

Just how much can the Bible be used in archaeological research and that research still be deemed scientific? On today’s program, we briefly discuss the cross section of the Bible and modern-day archaeological research. We also talk with archaeologist and author Christopher Eames about the Genesis account of creation and the astounding number of ancient civilizations with similar stories.

#38: Eclipses, Biblical Chronology and the Identity of the Lost Tribes

Aired Sunday, August 20, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   40 minutes

While the United States waits for the Great American Eclipse, we reflect on an important eclipse that took place 2800 years ago which allows us to give absolute dates to events in the Bible. On today’s program, Host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the ancient eclipse and its ability to help us discern the modern identity of ancient Israel.

#37: Was David Really a King?

Aired Sunday, August 13, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   35 minutes

Some say King David is nothing more than a fictional character. Others say he may have existed but certainly not as the Bible describes. How can you know? On today’s program, archaeologist Christopher Eames goes through the evidence of King David and the surrounding culture of his day.

#36: Archaeology reveals the life of Elisha the Prophet

Aired Sunday, August 6, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

The names of at least 11 biblical figures who featured in and around Elisha’s life have been discovered through archaeological investigation. Listen to today's interview with archaeologist and author Christopher Eames to learn about how closely the bible matches the secular history relating to Israel's prophet.