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Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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The Land of Canaan
Episode 1 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
What do we mean by "holy land"? What is the difference between archaeology and history? How reliable is the Hebrew Bible as a window into life in ancient Israel? Discover answers to these and other questions in this introductory episode,…
Jerusalem: An Introduction to the City
Episode 3 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Here, survey the topography and layout of Jerusalem: perhaps the most important city in religious history. Then, review biblical accounts of Jerusalem from the arrival of David around 1000 B.C.E. to the start of the Babylonian exile in 586 B.C.E.…
The Arrival of the Israelites
Episode 2 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Explore what archaeologists have uncovered about the arrival of the Israelites into Canaan. Among the many intriguing artifacts you examine are an ancient Egyptian stele featuring the earliest reference to Israel, the remains of Jericho's walls, and a Philistine temple…
Fortifications and Cult Practices
Episode 7 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Delve into aspects of everyday life in the kingdoms of ancient Israel. Focus on how elaborately recessed gates were designed to protect cities like Gezer from enemies, and how altars, amulets, painted figures, and inscribed pottery vessels reflect the religious…
The Jerusalem of David and Solomon
Episode 4 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
In this first episode on the remains of the biblical City of David, comb through the fascinating remains of a scribe's house located behind a city wall; grasp the development of biblical Hebrew script; and examine rare examples of this…
Alexander the Great and His Successors
Episode 9 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Alexander the Great's conquests of the Near East introduced Greek culture to the Holy Land. Professor Magness uses archaeological findings: including the personal belongings of murdered Samaritans and the remains of towers at an ancient fortification: to illustrate the profound…
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Essenes
Episode 16 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Scholars believe the Qumran community, commonly identified with the Essenes, was a sect that lived in anticipation of the End of Days. What was it like to be a member of this ascetic community? What strict codes of purity did…
Babylonian Exile and the Persian Restoration
Episode 8 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
In 539 B.C.E., after the Babylonians were subsumed by the Persian Empire, the exiled Judeans were allowed to return to Jerusalem. So what happened next? Find out with this penetrating look at the Persian administration of the Holy Land, the…
The Hasmonean Kingdom
Episode 12 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
In this investigation of the Hasmoneans, meet individuals including the cruel king Alexander Jannaeus and his accomplished queen and widow, and examine the civil war between their successors. Then, meet their neighbors to the south: the Nabataeans, a desert people…
Masada: Herod's Desert Palace and the Siege
Episode 29 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
After the end of the first Jewish revolt, three Herodian fortresses remained occupied by Jewish rebels. The most famous of these: Masada. Here, discover what archaeological evidence reveals about how an estimated 8,000 Roman soldiers encircled the mountain, built camps,…
Galilee: Setting of Jesus's Life and Ministry
Episode 22 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Tour the remains of Galilean towns and villages that date back to the time of Jesus, including Sepphoris (with its theater) and Capernaum (with its neighborhood of private houses). Then, conclude with a look at the recent discovery of a…
The Sectarian Settlement at Qumran
Episode 15 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Continue touring the site at Qumran, with a focus on three distinctive features of the settlement. These are animal bones found in pots; an elaborate water system that channeled flash floods into pools used for ritual bathing; and a vast…
Biblical Jerusalem's Ancient Water Systems
Episode 5 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Continue your archaeological exploration of the City of David by focusing on its ancient water system, centered on the Gihon Spring. Learn about the three different water systems that were created: Warren's Shaft, Siloam Channel, and the impressive engineering feat…
Pharisees and Sadducees
Episode 13 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
By the mid-2nd century B.C.E., various Jewish sects had established themselves. Here, compare and contrast two of the most dominant of these sects: the Pharisees and the Sadducees. What parts of society did they represent? What were their views on…
Discovery and Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Episode 14 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Travel to Qumran, the archaeological site located adjacent to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered in the late 1940s. As you tour the caves and the site itself (including an ancient scriptorium and dining room), you'll learn…
The Second Jewish Revolt against the Romans
Episode 31 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Investigate archaeological finds from the last 50 years that have shed unprecedented new light on the second major Jewish uprising: the Bar-Kokhba Revolt. Central to this episode are two mysterious caves: the Cave of Letters and the Cave of Horror:…
Islam's Transformation of Jerusalem
Episode 35 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are the two most potent examples of the spread of Islam into the Holy Land beginning in the mid-7th century C.E. Discover what archaeologists have learned about these two spectacular buildings…
Roman Jerusalem: Hadrian's Aelia Capitolina
Episode 32 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
The Roman emperor Hadrian rebuilt Jerusalem as the pagan city Aelia Capitolina. Witness the results of his rule, including the iconic Damascus Gate, a towering statue of Hadrian, and two public forums built at the northern and western ends of…
Sites of the Trial and Final Hours of Jesus
Episode 24 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Explore the Antonia Fortress, the Church of the Sisters of Zion, three successive lines of fortification walls, the ruins of a burnt Jewish villa, and other archaeological finds in Jerusalem intricately linked with both the final days of Jesus's life…
Samaria and the Northern Kingdom of Israel
Episode 6 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Turn now to Israel as it was ruled under the Omride dynasty between Solomon's death and the Assyrian invasion in 722 B.C.E. Here, explore important ruins, including the High Place at Dan (where the cult statue of a golden calf…