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Watch Jerusalem

Watch Jerusalem brings you news and archaeology from a Biblical perspective. Host Brent Nagtegaal is on location at Jerusalem to give you the most important developments happening on the ground—and emerging from beneath it. Brent Nagtegaal is a contributor for WatchJerusalem.co.il contributor living in Jerusalem.


For seven years, we have repeatedly drawn your attention to an article titled “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.” In that piece, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry boldly forecast that the war would result in a German-led Europe replacing Iran as the dominant outside force in Syria. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal shows how a path toward fulfillment of this forecast is becoming clear.

Recent studies show that language has been hardwired into the human brain, and is a uniquely human characteristic. On today’s program we interview Christopher Eames and use archaeology to explore the origins of language by comparing several evolutionist views, as well as the view espoused in the Bible.

Throughout the Bible, God pronounces blessings or curses on ancient Israel depending on their obedience. But how does God go about bestowing those blessings? On today’s program, we look at one important way – the control of ancient trade routes. We also show how God still uses this means of dispensing blessings, and how it is vital sign showing which nations make up the modern descendants of the Israelites.

Cultural Universals are practices undertaken by all human cultures around the world. Marriage is one of them. How to explain it? How can evolution adequately explain the worldwide dispersal of this seemingly abstract concept? On today’s program, guest host Christopher Eames examines marriage in light of archaeological discoveries, and compares them with the biblical account.

Over the past century the first book of the Bible has taken a beating from skeptics as they call into question its historical accuracy. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the Genesis 14 account of the first battle in the Bible in the context of the Middle Eastern civilization during the time of Abraham to see how the story stacks up to secular records.

JERUSALEM - After concluding excavating Tel Rehov half a decade ago, Israel prize winning professor Dr. Amahai Mazar has masterfully completed the final reports. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, reviews a fascinating report on discovery of the largest bee apiary in the Middle Eastern at Tel Rehov and its tantalizing connections to the Bible.

Just how accurate is the biblical description of near-1,000-year pre-Flood lifespans? Is it mere myth? On today’s program, host Christopher Eames describes fascinating archaeological records known as the Sumerian King Lists, and what they have to say about antediluvian longevity. He also sums up his latest two-month stint in Jerusalem, assisting Dr. Eilat Mazar in publishing finds from the recent excavations of the Ophel Cave.

In 1999, a settlement called “Judahtown” (or Al-Yahudu in Babylonian) was discovered on administrative tablets from 2,500 years ago. Over the next few years, dozens more legal documents were found that originated in that town, providing ample documentation of Jewish life in Babylon following the fall of Jerusalem. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal shows how these mundane documents add further life to the biblical history of this time.

JERUSALEM - On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia decided it would no longer send its massive oil tankers through the Bab el-Mandeb, the narrow passageway at the bottom of the Red Sea and one of the main transit points for international goods. This comes after two giant Saudi tankers were attacked this week by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal shows how Saudi Arabia’s decision hails a new era of Iranian dominance in the Red Sea and should be a ringing wake-up call to Europe.

Israel is now the Jewish State. A landmark bill passed in the Knesset on Wednesday night made it official that Israel is the “national home of the Jewish people.” While this is obviously well-known, establishing the Jewish character as part of the basic law underscores Israel’s Jewish roots. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the new law in light of the fateful decision in 1948 to call the Jewish State Israel, instead of the other options that were on the table.