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.

#14: Will Trump Push Israel Too Far in Search of Peace

Aired Sunday, February 19, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   33 minutes

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with United States President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. Mr. Netanyahu was all almost giddy with excitement at the favor he seems to be receiving from Mr. Trump. And yet, as host Brent Nagtegaal covers in this program, there are many reasons to believe the Israel-American alliance will fray further under a Trump administration.

#13: Israel Archaeology Update

Aired Sunday, February 12, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   40 minutes

Masada, Kirjath Jearim and the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll cave; just three of the stories covered on today’s program as archaeologist Brent Nagtegaal updates you on the latest from Israel.

#12: An Archaeological Journey Around Ancient Jerusalem

Aired Sunday, February 5, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   54 minutes

It is perhaps the most famous city in the world. A city known as the “closest to heaven,” the “center of the Earth,” the holiest place on the planet. Its name means “city of peace,” but this location ranks as one of the most warred-over, bloodied pieces of land: Jerusalem. On today's show, host Brent Nagtegaal talks to archaeologist Christopher Eames about his series on the Bible's Buried Cities which culminated with a study of Jerusalem.

#11: King David Establishes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Aired Sunday, January 29, 2017   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   49 minutes

After King Saul’s death, Israel and Judah were divided for seven long years. However, once the northern tribes of Israel finally anointed David as their King, David immediately set about to unify that nation around a new capital city – Jerusalem. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at why David chose Jerusalem, and its connection with the promised kingly line through David’s son Solomon.

#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.