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.

The aftermath of United States President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel highlights a preoccupation with the city that is unmatched by any other. Just why do so many people care about Jerusalem today? On today’s program, given from the Holy City, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the disgruntled nations following Mr. Trump’s decision in light of the role they will play in biblical prophecy.

It is a massive debate between the biblical minimalists and traditionalists. 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 finishes his series examining that question, in light of archaeological and textual evidence, with the third division of the Hebrew Bible—the Writings. He also discusses the rationale and significance behind the recent landmark US acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Events in the Middle East right now are increasingly defined by Iranian aggression and the collective response to that aggression. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at Israel’s attack on an Iranian base in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the disbanding of the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, and the former Yemeni President Saleh’s decision to break from the Iranian-backed Houthis in terms of a collective response against Iran. He also shows how the Bible forecasts the end result in each arena.