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Watch Jerusalem

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.


A day before the 40th anniversary of Anwar Sadat’s fateful speech before the Knesset, host Brent Nagtegaal analyzes the growing Saudi/Israeli relationship in the context of a future peace deal. Will Israel have peace with the Saudis as they have it with the Egyptians?


Saudi actions over the past two weeks indicate that the kingdom has had enough of Iran’s domination of the Middle East. Now, the Saudis are asking the rest of the world, are you with them or us? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, looks at whether this is the beginning of the prophesied break between Iran and the Europeans.


Just when was the Bible written? On the one hand, there are those that claim it was written just when it says—the traditionalists; and on the other, there are the those who claim it was written hundreds, if not a thousand years, later—the minimalists. Can we know? On today’s program, guest host Christopher Eames examines that question, in light of archaeological and textual evidence, with the very first books of the Bible—the Torah. We also take a brief look at last week’s 100-year anniversaries of the miraculous Battle of Beersheba and the Balfour Declaration—and discuss their prophetic significance.
The Antiquity of the Scriptures: The Torah - watchjerusalem.co.il/2017/11/05/the…res-the-torah/


On October 24, a large feature entitled, “Is the Bible a True Story?” ran in Haaretz—one of Israel’s largest newspapers. Instead of using the opportunity to discuss how biblical history is being unearthed, the author chose to discredit archaeologists who dare claim the Bible is an accurate source of history. On today's program, host Brent Nagtegaal takes the Haaretz piece and reveals what was missing from the discussion.


Earlier this week, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corp Quds Force commander Qassam Suleimani headed to Kurdistan and struck a deal which resulted in the complete withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the area surrounding Kirkuk, back towards Kurdistan. By breaking up the united Kurdish front, Iran has removed the only obstacle that stood in its way from completely dominating Iraq. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of Iran’s role as it relates to biblical prophecy.


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.