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Watch Jerusalem

Hosted by Brent Nagtegaal

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.

#112: Iran Ignites the Gulf of Oman and the Dangerous Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism

Aired Sunday, June 16, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   54 minutes

JERUSALEM – On June 13, Iran attacked two tankers just outside the Strait of Hormuz, the most critical oil choke point in the world. This follows attacks on four different tankers a month earlier. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses Iran’s strategy in stepping up these attacks.

On the second half of the program, Nagtegaal analyzes the surge in anti-Semitic attacks in the Western world, and the weak-willed response to them. He attended a recent Jerusalem symposium were world leaders in the study of mainstream anti-Semitism discussed this worrying trend.

#111: Germany publicly endorses expanding mission in Syria, potentially replacing the United States

Aired Sunday, June 2, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   37 minutes

A joint press conference between United States Security of State Mike Pompeo and German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass on Friday confirmed that Germany is looking to increase its involvement in Syria, potential safeguarding safe zones in northeastern Syria. “Germany, thus, becomes the first European country to publicly express its willingness to participate in maintaining the security zone…” Kurdistan 24 wrote concerning Germany’s decision.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses how Germany’s entrance into the Syrian arena is prophesied. In the second half of the show, Christopher Eames details some stunning miracles that allowed Israel to take back Jerusalem in the Six-Day-War.

#110: Dinosaurs, the Ice Age, and Early Man: Evidence Against the Bible?

Aired Sunday, May 26, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   30 minutes

Host Christopher Eames examines Earth’s early history, comparing the scientific evidence and the biblical account of creation—with some surprising parallels.

#109: Balak, Bilbo or Bruce? Mesha Stele Says Anything but David

Aired Sunday, May 12, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   45 minutes

JERUSALEM – Two weeks ago, scholars from Tel Aviv University and the College de France published a paper dismissing the notion that the name of king David could be found on the Mesha Stele, an almost 3,000-year-old stone inscription. Instead, they proposed it mentions the Moabite king Balak.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal briefly discusses the outrageous new claim, as well as further evidence for the traditional reading of the inscription.

Mesha portion begins at 18:50.

#108: First Person: Taking Cover in Ashkelon

Aired Sunday, May 5, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

ASHKELON – In the past 24 hours, Iranian-backed terrorist groups operating in the Gaza Strip fired over 600 rockets at Israel, killing four civilians. On Sunday, amidst the attack, Watch Jerusalem host Brent Nagtegaal visited the Gaza Strip border region on a media tour and had to seek refuge from more rockets. Ironically, that safety was found with family members of a man that died from an attack overnight.

Here is the account of that visit.

#107: Elusive Fortified City of King Rehoboam Found in Israel

Aired Sunday, April 28, 2019   ·   12:00 AM CDT   ·   35 minutes

The ancient city of Lachish in southern Israel is one of the most excavated sites in Israel. It is mentioned in the Bible during the time of Jeremiah, and further back during the time of King Hezekiah. Earlier, the Bible notes that it was King Rehoboam, King David’s grandson, who first fortified the city around 920 BCE. And yet, all the excavations at Lachish have failed to uncover a fortified city from the time of Rehoboam. Until now.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the recent discovery of a large wall from Rehoboam’s city that confirms the biblical construction date of the city.

#106: Does Archaeology Support the Biblical Account of the Exodus?

Aired Sunday, April 21, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   32 minutes

Archaeology is often used as a bulwark against those who would so readily dismiss the Bible as mere myth. Discoveries over the past 100 years have confirmed many elements of the biblical narrative from the time of the kings and the prophets.

But what has been uncovered correlating to the earlier period of the Exodus?

On today’s program, we talk with archaeology writer Christopher Eames about what archaeology and secular history has to say about the biblical account of Israel’s deliverance from slavery.

#105: Did Lions, Bears, Leopards and Camels Really Live in Ancient Israel?

Aired Sunday, April 14, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

Around 100 different creatures are described in the Bible, most of which are described as native to Israel or the Middle East. Could such exotic animals really have lived in this territory? How did the ancient biblical writers even know about some of these animals?

On today’s program, we interview archaeology writer Christopher Eames about the elusive animals of the Bible and what insights archaeology has to offer.

#104: Official in King Josiah’s Court Confirmed in Jerusalem Excavation

Aired Sunday, April 7, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   36 minutes

JERUSALEM – The Givati excavation in Jerusalem has been running around the clock for over a decade. This week, the excavation made international news over the discovery of a seal impression of an official mentioned in the Bible.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal interviews Givati excavation co-director Dr. Yiftah Shalev at the site. They discuss the recent discovery, as well as the larger context of the Jerusalem excavation.

#103: Israeli Archaeologist: Jeroboam II, Not David, Is the Real Biblical Hero

Aired Sunday, March 31, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   50 minutes

JERUSALEM - In his latest attack against King David, Tel Aviv University archaeologist Israel Finklestein now says that the history of the United Monarchy under King David and Solomon, is really just a description of the magnificent kingdom of Jeroboam II, projected back by aggrandizing Jewish scribes centuries later.

On today's program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at a recent Haaretz article featuring this new theory and shows why it is dishonest to the facts on the ground, and in the Bible itself.