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.

#73: Massive 3,000-Year-Old Gate Found at Potential Hometown of Absalom’s Mother

Aired Sunday, July 15, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   33 minutes

Excavations at an archaeological site just north of the Galilee have revealed a massive gate from the time of King David. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of the find as it relates to the Geshurites who inhabited the region during the time of King David. He also considers the importance of the site in relation to the ongoing debate over Davidic historicity.

#72: Digging Ancient Shiloh With Excavation Director Dr. Scott Stripling

Aired Sunday, July 8, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

Dr. Scott Stripling and his massive team recently completed their second season of excavation at Shiloh. This site located in the very heartland of ancient Israel was the home of the Tabernacle for nearly 400 years. On today’s program, we catch up with Dr. Stripling and discuss the excavation as well as some of this seasons new findings, including an ornate pomegranate, which may provide evidence of the sacred nature of the site.

#71: Discovering Biblical Hebron and Post Excavation Work at Hebrew University

Aired Sunday, July 1, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   39 minutes

On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal interviews archaeologist Christopher Eames and discusses the post excavation work of the Ophel Excavations. They also discuss the article Chris recently wrote entitled, “The Bible’s Buried Cities: Hebron.”

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

Aired Sunday, June 24, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   50 minutes

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 at a recent study from Cornell University that takes a shot at the historicity of the ancient biblical kingdom of David and Solomon, and whether this latest scientific study provides cause for doubt.

#69: How Kingship in Ancient Israel was Unique

Aired Sunday, June 17, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

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.

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

Aired Sunday, June 3, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

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.

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

Aired Sunday, May 27, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   29 minutes

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 the discovery of the bullae and the opportunity to now display them to the public.

#66: Europe’s Incomprehensible Strategy to Contain Iran

Aired Sunday, May 13, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   31 minutes

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 not connecting that Iran’s presence in Syria has been conditional of the economic benefits Europe is suppling Tehran through the nuclear deal.

#65: Another Davidic-Era City Revealed

Aired Sunday, May 6, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

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

Aired Sunday, April 22, 2018   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes