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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.


Russia has become the first country in the world to recognize any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry released on Thursday reads, “We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of east Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” While many Israelis see the move as a positive one, on today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal argues that Russia recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a dangerous precedent.


This week former United States Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro wrote a piece for Bloomberg View entitled, “All signals point once again to war in Gaza.” On today’s program, Middle East correspondent Brent Nagtegaal takes Shapiro’s article and looks at both the Lebanese front and the Syrian Golan Heights as other looming hotspots. He argues that Israel is being besieged by ever increasing threats surrounding the nation.


They were ancient Israel’s eastern neighbors, dwelling in the plains of Jordan. At times their oppressors, and at other times subservient to the Israelites, these people were connected on a very physical level with the Israelites, sharing a common ancestor—Abraham’s father, Terah. They were the Moabites. On today’s program, Watch Jerusalem archaeology writer Christopher Eames discusses the history of Moabites as well as one of the most important discoveries in Biblical archaeology – the Mesha Stele.


Despite United State's President Trump's pro-Israel rhetoric, he looks to be following in the failures of previous administrations by pushing a peace deal between Israel and the PLO. On today's program Jerusalem host Brent Nagtegaal discusses last week's visit to Israel by Mr. Trump's negotiator in light of a biblical prophecy that condemns this latest push for peace.


A Yemeni Coast Guard vessel exploded on Friday, hitting a naval mine planted in the Bab el-Mandab Strait by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia. The placing of mines in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is the latest in a host of signs that Iran is implementing a strategy to control shipping through this critical sea lane. On today's program, Brent Nagtegaal discusses Iran's game changing moves in the strait and how it fits into Bible Prophecy.



Who are the modern descendants of the ancient Israelites? History confirms this ancient people did exist and lived in area known as Israel today. Today, the state of Israel lives again, but are the Jews in the Middle East the Israelites? On today's show, host Brent Nagtegaal looks into that question. He also reports on the discovery of an ancient Assyrian Palace uncovered by the Islamic State.


Critics claim that Daniel’s book is like a historical novel. Is Daniel simply a work of fiction? On today's program host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the question of Daniel's authenticity as the most simple way to either prove or disprove the Bible's authority.


On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with United States President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. Mr. Netanyahu was all almost giddy with excitement at the favor he seems to be receiving from Mr. Trump. And yet, as host Brent Nagtegaal covers in this program, there are many reasons to believe the Israel-American alliance will fray further under a Trump administration.


Masada, Kirjath Jearim and the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll cave; just three of the stories covered on today’s program as archaeologist Brent Nagtegaal updates you on the latest from Israel.


It is perhaps the most famous city in the world. A city known as the “closest to heaven,” the “center of the Earth,” the holiest place on the planet. Its name means “city of peace,” but this location ranks as one of the most warred-over, bloodied pieces of land: Jerusalem. On today's show, host Brent Nagtegaal talks to archaeologist Christopher Eames about his series on the Bible's Buried Cities which culminated with a study of Jerusalem.