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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.


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.

Excavations at an archaeological site just north of the Galilee have revealed a massive gate from the time of King David. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the significance of the find as it relates to the Geshurites who inhabited the region during the time of King David. He also considers the importance of the site in relation to the ongoing debate over Davidic historicity.

Dr. Scott Stripling and his massive team recently completed their second season of excavation at Shiloh. This site located in the very heartland of ancient Israel was the home of the Tabernacle for nearly 400 years. On today’s program, we catch up with Dr. Stripling and discuss the excavation as well as some of this seasons new findings, including an ornate pomegranate, which may provide evidence of the sacred nature of the site.

On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal interviews archaeologist Christopher Eames and discusses the post excavation work of the Ophel Excavations. They also discuss the article Chris recently wrote entitled, “The Bible’s Buried Cities: Hebron.”