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Whose Holy Land?
Ancient artifacts are more than just museum pieces; they’re storytellers, witnesses in stone, relating, in unbiased fashion, the truth behind those who lived in the land of Israel over the centuries. Archaeology is ultimately about history, and history is the raison d’être for Jews living in this land today.

Dead Sea Scrolls: The Untold Story
For two thousand years, the Dead Sea Scrolls lay hidden deep in the caves of the Judean desert, unread, untouched, and forgotten. That is, until the 1940s when by sheer happenstance a Bedouin shepherd stumbled into the first of the caves and found himself faced with the jars containing these ancient Jewish texts.

The Templars
Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land.


“Whose Holy Land?”
Biblical Archaeology is more than just an obscure field for academics. It's a modern mine field, with implications that may well determine the course of future events for the Middle East and the entire world.

“Digging Up Jesus”
Let’s have a look at some things you might not know about how archaeology weighs in on the historical Jesus. From the little town of Bethlehem, to Nazareth in the Galilee, to Capernaum, on the shore of Lake Kinneret, the tools of archaeology have illuminated the life of the historical Jesus as never before.

“Digging Up the Dead Sea Scrolls”
On a summer day in 1947 a goat belonging to a Bedouin flock wanders off among the caves that dot the desert hillsides. A young Bedouin lad responsible for tending these goats runs off to search among the rocky crags of the Judean Desert. This is only the beginning of an incredible saga of discovery surrounding what may be the most important archaeological find of the 20th century.

“Digging Up Herod”
When we consider the archaeological sites in Israel today, none are more impressive than the remains of ancient structures built under the auspices of King Herod the Great. From the great Jerusalem Temple to an assortment of monuments and entire cities scattered across this ancient land, the archaeology of this mighty but monstrous tyrant-king is nothing short of a treasure trove for scholars and adventures alike.

“Who Is a Stranger?”
In this powerful interview, Prof. Zev Garber, of Los Angeles Valley College, shares important insight on the ancient Israelite term ger / “foreigner”/ “stranger.” The conversation is based on the verse from Leviticus 19:33. “The stranger who dwells with you shall be to you as a home-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”