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Watch Jerusalem

Hosted by Brent Nagtegaal

Watch Jerusalem brings you news and archaeology from a Biblical perspective. Host Brent Nagtegaal is on location at Jerusalem to give you the most important developments happening on the ground—and emerging from beneath it. Brent Nagtegaal is a contributor for WatchJerusalem.co.il contributor living in Jerusalem.

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

Aired Sunday, May 12, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   45 minutes

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.

#108: First Person: Taking Cover in Ashkelon

Aired Sunday, May 5, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

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.

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

Aired Sunday, April 28, 2019   ·   12:00 AM CDT   ·   35 minutes

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 recent discovery of a large wall from Rehoboam’s city that confirms the biblical construction date of the city.

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

Aired Sunday, April 21, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

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 from slavery.

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

Aired Sunday, April 14, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

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.

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

Aired Sunday, April 7, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

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.

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

Aired Sunday, March 31, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   50 minutes

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 itself.

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

Aired Tuesday, March 26, 2019   ·   06:42 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

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 record.

#101: After Conquering Iraq, Suleimani Eyes Jerusalem

Aired Sunday, March 17, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   38 minutes

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 Iran’s conquering of Iraq. A few days after receiving the award, Iran began a massive military drill entitled “Toward Jerusalem 1."

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the Iranian revolution’s longstanding connection between the capture of Iraq, and its main mission of conquering Jerusalem.

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

Aired Sunday, March 10, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

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 of the prophetic rise of Iran, the biblical “king of the south.”