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.

#10: Jeremiah’s Prophecy of Babylon’s Demise and the Return of the Jews

Aired Sunday, January 22, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   54 minutes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to the Iranian people in an effort rekindle an historic relationship going back millennia; a relationship that the Islamic regime in Iran would like to undermine. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at Mr. Netanyahu’s video in light of the history recorded in the book of Jeremiah where he prophesied the fall of Babylon, rise of Persia and return of the Jews to Judah.

#9: Israeli Excavation Reveals King Solomon Era Copper Smelting Facility

Aired Sunday, January 15, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   51 minutes

The Temple of King Solomon had an innumerable number of brass vessels and objects used in its service. But where did the copper come from to make the brass? Two excavations - one in Jordan and one in Israel believe they have uncovered the answer. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the discovery of a 10th century B.C.E. fortification in the Arabah valley that archaeologist’s claim is evidence to the Edomite copper industry. He also looks at the biblical relationship between the Edomites and Israelites as well as prophecies for Edom today.

#8: Top Biblical Archaeology Finds of 2016

Aired Sunday, January 8, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   50 minutes

On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal looks back at the top discoveries in biblical archaeology over the past year as well the history of the menorah in light of this week’s discovery of a 2000-year-old engraving in a cave wall in southern Israel. But first, he looks at today’s terrorist attack as but a potential precursor to a much more violent Jerusalem in 2017.

#7: Jerusalem on the Chopping Block—The UNSC has unilaterally decided East Jerusalem no longer belongs to Israel

Aired Sunday, January 1, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   51 minutes

There are many storylines from the recent United Nations Security Council resolution against Israel. However, the one least discussed and yet most important relates to the future unity of Jerusalem. On today's program Brent Nagtegaal looks at the resolution in regards to the immediate future of Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.

#6: Happy Hanukkah: President Obama Fires Final Shot At Israel

Aired Sunday, December 25, 2016   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   51 minutes

JERUSALEM - On Friday, President Obama allowed an anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution to pass, breaking from decades-old precedent set by previous American administrations. On today's show Host Brent Nagtegaal looks at some of the possible outcomes of the vote, as well the darker motivations behind President Obama’s actions.

Earlier this year a palatial building dating to the era of King Solomon 3000 years ago was discovered in the royal city of Gezer. On the second half of today’s show host Brent Nagtegaal talks to part-time Jerusalem archaeologist Christopher Eames about his recent visit to Gezer as well as an article detailing its Biblical history.

#5: Germany: A Much Overlooked Power Broker in the Middle East

Aired Sunday, December 18, 2016   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   45 minutes

5 years ago, Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote an illuminating piece entitled “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.” Five years later, with the evacuation underway of the rebels from Aleppo, the last major Syrian city under their rule, some commentators are calling this the beginning of the end of the Syrian Civil war.

But are we really at the end of the Syrian Civil War? On Today’s program, we will look back at that article by Gerald Flurry, as it presages some dramatic shifts still to take place on the Syrian battle front. In doing so, we will reveal a major player in Syria’s future that is still yet to join the fray in a substantial way.

#4: King David and the Philistines

Aired Sunday, December 11, 2016   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   46 minutes

The iconic story of young David’s epic encounter with Goliath has captured imaginations for millennia. The classic underdog narrative resonates with all people as they face insurmountable odds—their figurative giants. But is the history of David and Goliath, as well as the history of their respective nations, only figurative, or is the history as the Bible describes a literal account of what took place?

On today's program, host Brent Nagtegaal takes a look at two cities that have everything to do with those two men; Gath and Khirbet Qeiyafa.

#3: History Iran's Leaders Would Like to Forget

Aired Sunday, December 4, 2016   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   41 minutes

Based on events in the past week, NOW Media based in Lebanon ran an analysis piece titled “The Iranian Empire Is Back." On today’s program we explore what led writer Hussain Abdul Hussain to make that claim, as well as how the Bible explains Iran’s current strategy in the Middle East in detail.

For the second half of today’s show, we look back at the some of the earliest roots of the Iranian empire, specifically the reign of King Cyrus, and see why Iran's current leaders would rather belittle some of that history.

#2: The Battle Over the Bible in Archaeology

Aired Sunday, November 27, 2016   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   46 minutes

There are a dwindling few archaeologists in Israel that believe the Bible's rightful use in archaeology. They use the Bible, its history and geography, to actually guide them to both make their discoveries and help identify their discoveries. They acknowledge the Bible as the best source of history for the land of Israel that exists. However, there is also substantial cast of Israeli archaeologists who are unimpressed with the Bible as a historically accurate document.

Today's program looks at the one of the most heated arenas in this fight - the historicity of King David and Solomon.

#1: The Hunt For More Dead Sea Scrolls

Aired Sunday, November 20, 2016   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   57 minutes

On the same day UNESCO resolved to ignore Jewish history on the Temple Mount, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a 2700 year old document found along the Dead Sea that mentions Jerusalem in ancient Hebrew script. Now, the Israeli government has announced an expedition to recover more of these documents along the Dead Sea.