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.

#35: Did Iran Instigate the Temple Mount Crisis?

Aired Sunday, July 30, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   39 minutes

On Thursday, Tablet Magazine headlined a provocative piece asking the question whether Iran was involved in the recent flare up on the Temple Mount between Israel and the Arabs. On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal analyzes the merits of that argument and looks at the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in the context of Iran’s goal of using the Temple Mount to unite radical Islam.

#34: The Campaign for Jerusalem Has Begun

Aired Sunday, July 23, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   40 minutes

The response from Arab leaders regarding Israel’s installations of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount enclosure in Jerusalem has been stunning. Calling Israel’s security measures a ploy to take over the Al-Aqsa mosque, as some have done, is dangerously fallacious and has already resulted in deaths of innocent civilians. On today’s program, Jerusalem resident Brent Nagtegaal discusses the serious ramifications to the Palestinian leadership’s longstanding campaign of lies against Israel and how it will lead to an Arab takeover of the Temple Mount.

#33: The Qatar crisis and Iran’s quest to dominate the Southern Mediterranean

Aired Sunday, July 16, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

While analysts are busy keeping track of Iran’s gains across Iraq and Syria, Iran is looking to exploit the Qatar crisis to further its goals in the southern Mediterranean and Red Sea passage way.

On today’s show, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses why Iran’s strategy in the south will be more important for Iran’s dominance in the region in fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

#32: Proof of Naboth’s Vineyard Discovered in Jezreel

Aired Sunday, July 9, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

On today’s show, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the recent discovery of a winery just outside the ancient city of Jezreel which attests to the accuracy of the Biblical story of Ahab’s attempt to acquire the land from Naboth. He also explores the 2000-year-old port city of Caesarea, and specifically the make-up of the concrete used in the breakwater.

#31: Archaeology Concurs with Jeremiah’s Story, and Clothing at Solomon’s Mines

Aired Sunday, July 2, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

On today’s program, host Christopher Eames covers the story of the prophet Jeremiah’s life, and the numerous archaeological discoveries that concur his writings. He also discusses a discovery made at “Solomon’s Mines” in Eilat, where scientists have revealed beautifully dyed fabrics used around the time of King Solomon.

#30: Nimrod, the Tower of Babel and the Babylonian Empire

Aired Sunday, June 25, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   41 minutes

On today's program host Brent Nagtegaal talks to archaeologist Christopher Eames about the 1500 year history of both Babylon and the Neo-Babylonian empire as it relates to the history covered in the Bible.

#29: Herod's Bath Found in Jordan and Capturing Ancient Invisible Ink

Aired Sunday, June 18, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   42 minutes

On today's show, archaeologist Brent Nagtegaal discusses the recent excavations at Machaerus, Herod the Great's Jordanian's fortressed famed for the killing of John the Baptist. He also discusses the chance discovery of 2600-year-old inscription on the backside of a potshard.

#28: Hezekiah, Archaeology and the Bible

Aired Sunday, May 28, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

Some believe that the Bible is a fictional book, perhaps with only a few names and cities that have been validated through archaeology. This is simply untrue. Hundreds of biblically significant artifacts have been found throughout the last century and an half—and particularly in the last few decades. Many dozens of biblical figures—kings, pharaohs, officials, prophets—have been substantiated through archaeology. Not only does archaeology validate snippets of the Bible, but more accurately, entire stories. Such is the case with King Hezekiah—one of Judah’s greatest rulers. On Today’s program, Host Brent Nagtegaal interview archaeologist Christopher Eames about the connections between King Hezekiah’s life and connected artifacts from three nations.

#27: Trump Takes the Middle East by Storm, but is there a Hitch?

Aired Monday, May 22, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   33 minutes

The last time President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia there was no fanfare whatsoever and the king didn’t even show up to greet him. This Saturday, in his first foreign trip, President Trump arrived in Riyadh with all the pomp and celebration fit for a king. Soon thereafter, he received the highest Medal of Honor that can be bestowed by the king on a foreigner. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of Mr. Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, as well as the air of nervousness pervading Israel before his arrival on Monday.

#26: What is Israel’s Greatest Danger?

Aired Sunday, May 14, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

Last week, Isi Leibler wrote an article for the Jerusalem Post detailing nine of challenges facing Israel. However rather than being worried for Israel's future, he wrote that “we have never been so self-reliant or as powerful as we are today, and in as optimal a position to defend ourselves.” On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal focuses on dangerous implications Israel’s newfound power and self-reliance for the future of the Jewish State.