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.

5 years ago, Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote an illuminating piece entitled “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.” Five years later, with the evacuation underway of the rebels from Aleppo, the last major Syrian city under their rule, some commentators are calling this the beginning of the end of the Syrian Civil war. But are we really at the end of the Syrian Civil War? On Today’s program, we will look back at that article by Gerald Flurry, as it presages some dramatic shifts still to take place on the Syrian battle front. In doing so, we will reveal a major player in Syria’s future that is still yet to join the fray in a substantial way.

The iconic story of young David’s epic encounter with Goliath has captured imaginations for millennia. The classic underdog narrative resonates with all people as they face insurmountable odds—their figurative giants. But is the history of David and Goliath, as well as the history of their respective nations, only figurative, or is the history as the Bible describes a literal account of what took place?On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal takes a look at two cities that have everything to do with those two men; Gath and Khirbet Qeiyafa.

Based on events in the past week, NOW Media based in Lebanon ran an analysis piece titled “The Iranian Empire Is Back.” On today’s program we explore what led writer Hussain Abdul Hussain to make that claim, as well as how the Bible explains Iran’s current strategy in the Middle East in detail.For the second half of today’s show, we look back at the some of the earliest roots of the Iranian empire, specifically the reign of King Cyrus, and see why Iran’s current leaders would rather belittle some of that history.

There are a dwindling few archaeologists in Israel that believe the Bible’s rightful use in archaeology. They use the Bible, its history and geography, to actually guide them to both make their discoveries and help identify their discoveries. They acknowledge the Bible as the best source of history for the land of Israel that exists. However, there is also substantial cast of Israeli archaeologists who are unimpressed with the Bible as a historically accurate document.Today’s program looks at the one of the most heated arenas in this fight - the historicity of King David and Solomon.

On the same day UNESCO resolved to ignore Jewish history on the Temple Mount, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a 2700 year old document found along the Dead Sea that mentions Jerusalem in ancient Hebrew script. Now, the Israeli government has announced an expedition to recover more of these documents along the Dead Sea.