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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,…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Synagogues in the Time of Jesus
Episode 23 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
What do we know about the synagogues that served as the setting for the teachings of Jesus and Paul? After surveying the history of this religious institution, explore some of history's earliest synagogues at sites such as Masada, Gamla, and…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
Flavius Josephus and the Mass Suicide
Episode 30 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Pore over the remains of a ramp that was instrumental in the Roman victory at Masada. Then, take a closer look at controversies over the mass suicide of the Jewish rebels and the views of the historian Josephus: whose writings…
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…
The Hellenization of Palestine
Episode 10 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Continue examining the Hellenistic influence on the Holy Land: this time on non-Jewish populations in the area. Focus on three distinct cities: Iraq el-Amir (with the remains of an impressive temple or pleasure palace); Marisa (with its fascinating series of…
From Herod's Last Years to Pontius Pilate
Episode 21 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Visit Herod's winter palace at Jericho, where he spent his final years, and his fortified palace at Herodium, where: in 2007: archaeologists discovered his tomb. Then, explore the divided kingdom he left to his three sons, with a special focus…
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…
The Burials of Jesus and James
Episode 27 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Place the Gospel accounts of the death and burial of Jesus within an archaeological context. The highlight of this episode is the discussion of two recent: and highly controversial: discoveries: the Talpiyot Tomb (the supposed tomb of Jesus and his…
From Roman Annexation to Herod the Great
Episode 18 of The Holy Land Revealed Series
Witness the rise of Herod the Great: the ruthless king who governed Judea between 40 and 4 B.C.E. and who is most infamous for ordering the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem. It's an engrossing tale filled with court intrigue,…