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.
Bible Prophecy and the Hamas Plan to Wrest Power from Fatah
For the past six months, Hamas has cleaned up its image to make it appear as a credible player in Palestinian politics. This week, Hamas announced it was ready to hand over administrative control of the Gaza Strip to its rival Fatah. We can be sure Hamas won’t hand over control for nothing in return - so what is Hamas up to? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at why Hamas’s current gambit may be successful where other attempts have failed.
On today’s program, archaeologist Christopher Eames discusses the life and times of the Biblical hero Nehemiah in the context of recent archaeological discoveries in the Middle East. Host Brent Nagtegaal also recounts the discovery of Nehemiah’s wall in 2007 of which he was a part.
On Thursday, Israel conducted an outlandish attack on a Syrian chemical weapons facility. On today’s program, we discuss what the attack means in terms of Israel’s growing isolation as well as the world's acceptance of Assad's rule. Then, we discuss the recent discovery of the numerous seal impressions in the ancient city of David from 2700 to 2600 years ago. These impressions have interesting names on them that indicate a critical alignment with the powerful biblical event during the time of King Hezekiah.
On the heels of the Great American Eclipse, we look back at ancient Babylonian knowledge of astronomy, predictions of eclipses, and their mathematical system that was, in some respects, “superior” to our own. We also look into the key role that Abraham played in these fields of Babylonian science (as reported by numerous ancient historians)—and how his discovery of the true God through science led to his expulsion from Babylonia and journey into Canaan.
Just how much can the Bible be used in archaeological research and that research still be deemed scientific? On today’s program, we briefly discuss the cross section of the Bible and modern-day archaeological research. We also talk with archaeologist and author Christopher Eames about the Genesis account of creation and the astounding number of ancient civilizations with similar stories.
While the United States waits for the Great American Eclipse, we reflect on an important eclipse that took place 2800 years ago which allows us to give absolute dates to events in the Bible. On today’s program, Host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the ancient eclipse and its ability to help us discern the modern identity of ancient Israel.
Some say King David is nothing more than a fictional character. Others say he may have existed but certainly not as the Bible describes. How can you know? On today’s program, archaeologist Christopher Eames goes through the evidence of King David and the surrounding culture of his day.
The names of at least 11 biblical figures who featured in and around Elisha’s life have been discovered through archaeological investigation. Listen to today's interview with archaeologist and author Christopher Eames to learn about how closely the bible matches the secular history relating to Israel's prophet.
On Thursday, Tablet Magazine headlined a provocative piece asking the question whether Iran was involved in the recent flare up on the Temple Mount between Israel and the Arabs. On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal analyzes the merits of that argument and looks at the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in the context of Iran’s goal of using the Temple Mount to unite radical Islam.
The response from Arab leaders regarding Israel’s installations of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount enclosure in Jerusalem has been stunning. Calling Israel’s security measures a ploy to take over the Al-Aqsa mosque, as some have done, is dangerously fallacious and has already resulted in deaths of innocent civilians. On today’s program, Jerusalem resident Brent Nagtegaal discusses the serious ramifications to the Palestinian leadership’s longstanding campaign of lies against Israel and how it will lead to an Arab takeover of the Temple Mount.