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Joshua's Conquest Part 4

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  • Today, we're going to go on a journey of discovery as we
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  • explore the conquest of Joshua here at the
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  • ancient city of Shiloh, Israel.
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  • Jim: Ever since I was a boy, I've been fascinated
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  • with God's creation.
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  • I'm traveling the planet to tell his story about his world.
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  • I'm Jim Scudder, Jr. Come with me on another
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  • exciting adventure "InGrace."
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  • Jim: Our journey along the route of Joshua's conquest began
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  • after I read about some incredible discoveries in Israel
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  • by archaeologist, Dr. Scott Stripling.
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  • I contacted Scott and he agreed to show us Shiloh,
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  • but also suggested that we start in Jericho.
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  • He said the battle for the Bible begins at Jericho because if the
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  • Bible is wrong about Jericho, the first stop of the conquest,
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  • the rest of the conquest is suspect.
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  • We arrived in Jericho in style.
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  • It was then I discovered Scott's competitive side.
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  • Archaeologist Bryant Wood with a PhD in Canaanite pottery set the
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  • record straight about Jericho.
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  • He proved that all the evidence from Jericho fits
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  • perfectly with Scripture.
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  • He also helped discover the ancient fortress of Ai,
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  • another place that had been misidentified by archaeologists
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  • and used to say the Bible was not accurate.
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  • As Dr. Stripling gave us a tour of Ai,
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  • I could not help but imagine Joshua appearing to the north
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  • of the fortress, drawing out the Canaanites
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  • and routing the enemy.
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  • Now that Israel had a foothold in the Promised Land,
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  • they obeyed God and went up to Mount Ebal to worship.
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  • After the conquest, they settled the land.
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  • And our final stop is Shiloh.
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  • Shiloh became the central place of worship and gathering
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  • for over 300 years.
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  • Jim: Hey, Scott, I have the cheesy pilgrim map.
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  • Scott Stripling: Here we are at ancient Shiloh.
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  • Jim: Which is right behind us up on the hill.
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  • Scott: This is the great first capital of Israel,
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  • and we've got to go up a hill to get there, though.
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  • And that's a bit of a problem because I'm afraid that your
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  • wimpy white van may not make it.
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  • Jim: My monster minivan?
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  • Scott: So, we have a backup plan,
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  • and I've got an ATV that will get us up there.
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  • Jim: Fantastic. I love driving ATVs.
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  • Scott: Nobody said anything about you driving the ATV.
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  • I said I have an ATV that can get us there.
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  • Jim: So, I just assumed you would want me to drive since
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  • I have probably much more experience.
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  • Scott: Well, since you have no experience here at Shiloh and
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  • I do this every day, I think I'm going to be the one to drive.
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  • Jim: How about rock-paper-scissors?
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  • Scott: Okay, you ready?
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  • Jim: Yeah. Okay, he wins.
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  • Dude always beats me.
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  • Scott: All right, just be glad you're not in the
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  • square working today.
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  • Jim: I'm not glad that I'm sitting in this ATV,
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  • and he can't even start the thing.
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  • That's the--
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  • [laughing]
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  • Scott: That's wonderful. Is the brake on?
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  • Did it earlier. Hold on.
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  • Jim: Seatbelt. Does this--
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  • Scott: Okay, James did it.
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  • Scott: Okay, well, help me look. Jim: Well, I am.
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  • I'm just sitting here relaxing and enjoying this great scene.
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  • Jamie--oh, it's up here.
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  • He did knock it, the camera guy that put the GoPro up.
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  • Scott: Just as we suspected.
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  • Jim: Okay, ambushed you, sabotaged you.
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  • Scott: Okay, we good?
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  • Jim: All right, just take it easy, Scott.
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  • Lord, we're coming home. I guess we're in Shiloh.
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  • We're close to God.
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  • Scott: If you got to go, this is a good place to go.
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  • Jim: Hey, by the way, are you still sore about the camel race?
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  • Scott: Not so happy about that.
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  • Jim: I think in my minivan can beat you in a race.
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  • Scott: Not the way you drive.
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  • And here's our headquarters.
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  • Jim: We have arrived at Shiloh.
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  • Jim: After our rather raucous ride up to Shiloh,
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  • Scott shows us the impressive outer city walls that were
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  • originally built thousands of years ago by the Canaanites.
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  • Scott: This is built hundreds of years before
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  • the Israelites arrived.
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  • When they're standing out there, this is what
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  • they're looking up at.
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  • For the first time in 3.400 years,
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  • we're able to see what they saw.
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  • Jim: And this was all covered up few years ago?
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  • Scott: This was all covered, and you can see we've exposed
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  • the entire outer face of the wall now.
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  • 5.3 meters in, we'll have the same thing on the interface.
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  • Jim: How many centuries has this stood?
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  • Scott: Well, let's see.
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  • It was built in 1700 BC. So 3.700 years.
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  • Jim: That's fantastic.
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  • Scott: Those guys knew how to build, I'm telling you.
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  • God told them, "You're going to get cities that
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  • you did not construct.
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  • You're going to live in houses that you did not build."
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  • And this is a classic example.
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  • We're going to go inside the city and we're going to see some
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  • of those very structures that they inherited.
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  • Jim: Standing at these walls, my imagination took me back to
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  • the Bible stories I knew so well from a child.
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  • I could imagine Hannah's prayer, little Samuel hearing God's
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  • call, and the unfortunate end of Eli, the priest.
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  • While at Shiloh, I was impressed by the number of
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  • world-renowned archaeologists working with Scott there,
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  • including Dr. Leen Ritmeyer, the world's foremost expert on the
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  • Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
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  • Leen Ritmeyer: The location of Shiloh is so central.
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  • It's right in the middle of the country of Israel.
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  • Jim: And this is--once a year at least they would have to come
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  • here, everyone, right?
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  • Leen: Yes, everyone came here.
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  • Yes, but then you reading Joshua, then
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  • he's divided the land.
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  • He brought all the tribes to Shiloh.
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  • The central was full of housing straight where he put everybody,
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  • but already set aside a setup for national worship and so he
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  • could put all the people around here.
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  • Gary Byers: It's not a high hill.
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  • Water is 1 1/4 kilometer away. Why this site?
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  • Well, this is considered a sacred site.
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  • God said, "Let me show you a sacred."
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  • Scott: This is one of our bigger finds from this year.
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  • We had a piece of a four-horned altar that we
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  • excavated right by this.
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  • Now, we found a second piece that might be part of that altar
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  • too, and you can see it right here.
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  • Four-horned altar was reused into a later wall.
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  • Jim: A horn from an altar?
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  • That would be a major and amazing discovery.
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  • We asked Scott if we could see the object and he did
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  • what he rarely does.
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  • He took us into the war room.
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  • Scott: This is where we process our finds.
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  • We registered 500 objects this summer at Shiloh and now
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  • we're taking them through our protocols,
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  • making sure that we have all the data that we need so that
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  • when we publish it's accurate.
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  • Jim: And we're hundreds of feet underground in
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  • an undisclosed bunker location?
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  • Scott: Pretty much and--
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  • Jim: Or the mezzanine level of a hotel, but we're still--
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  • Scott: We had to blindfold you to get you here,
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  • but you will be fine.
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  • So as we study this, if indeed it turns out that this is a horn
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  • from an altar at Shiloh, that's very significant.
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  • It seems like it's the period of the tabernacle.
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  • The material around it is from the tabernacle period.
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  • And so that--we'll study that very carefully before we publish
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  • it, but it seems like it's from the period of the tabernacle
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  • and it's at Shiloh.
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  • That's pretty remarkable.
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  • Jim: Well, then you almost understated it a little bit.
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  • If this is part of the altar, this is a big, big deal.
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  • Scott: It could be a really big find, yeah.
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  • Jim: And I know you're an archeologist,
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  • you have to be very careful of what you say and how you say it,
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  • but I'll just say it big time, big time, big time discovery.
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  • Scott: We'll keep our eyes open.
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  • Jim: And I just want to point out this was found very near
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  • where I was pulling out boulders and--full
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  • of dirt like a pack mule.
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  • Scott: This is why I was keeping such a close eye on your
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  • area to make sure you didn't throw out something like this.
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  • Jim: Oh, you know, I wouldn't necessarily know.
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  • So that's why you have the experts in the
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  • square supervising.
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  • That is fantastic. May I hold this?
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  • Scott: Yes. Yes.
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  • Scott: Right over here, Jim, is where we got this ceramic
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  • pomegranate that was about this size,
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  • and that's a motif of the tabernacle.
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  • The priest had these on the hymns of their garments.
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  • There were also decorative motifs within the
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  • tabernacle and the temple.
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  • Jim: So the pomegranate, very,
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  • very important, very connected to worship of God here in
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  • Shiloh and other places?
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  • How unique was that pomegranate?
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  • Scott: Well, it is very unique because we dated
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  • to the period of the tabernacle and it's at Shiloh.
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  • So, I mean, we connect the dots.
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  • The only other ones that have been found here in Israel come
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  • from Levitical sites also.
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  • So it's something that's sacred, something
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  • connected with worship.
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  • Jim: So, a lot of evidence is really coming together
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  • here at Shiloh?
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  • Scott: That's right, and right next to the pomegranate was a
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  • scarab of Thutmose III, which is 15th century BC.
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  • So that's when the Bible indicates that there was
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  • occupation at Shiloh.
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  • So, we have that occupation and then a continual occupation with
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  • the pomegranate.
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  • So, very interesting area, and this is where the horn of the
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  • altar came right from this area, too.
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  • Jim: The pomegranate, scarab, and altar horn
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  • are fantastic finds.
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  • My wife Karen and I were privileged to dig for a few days
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  • in Shiloh and learn the ins and outs of an archaeological dig.
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  • Boyo Seevers: So you have these divider walls.
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  • So there's one, and then you are working up against
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  • the--another one there.
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  • So, it's around there.
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  • So once we get this cleared out and we can go down,
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  • then we can find whatever is on the floor of that.
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  • Jim: I haven't seen many directors of excavations going
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  • around picking up the largest boulders that are in the squares
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  • and hauling them out.
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  • It looks like you had the physique for it and it helps
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  • you stay in shape.
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  • Scott: I like moving boulders.
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  • I mean, it helps out the people that are squared.
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  • But more seriously, I believe in leading from the front.
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  • And so, our supervisors work and they work--they
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  • lead in the squares.
  • 00:10:18.240 --> 00:10:20.080
  • And so, I do the same thing.
  • 00:10:20.090 --> 00:10:21.270
  • Jim: We were debating the source of your strength and
  • 00:10:21.280 --> 00:10:24.000
  • we decided it wasn't your hair.
  • 00:10:24.010 --> 00:10:25.100
  • [laughing]
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  • Scott: First thing when we get here,
  • 00:10:29.120 --> 00:10:31.010
  • we have a team of people who are doing a pre-sort on our pottery.
  • 00:10:31.020 --> 00:10:34.040
  • So 2.000 pieces, they're going to go through each one,
  • 00:10:34.050 --> 00:10:36.150
  • separate body--through diagnostic--
  • 00:10:36.160 --> 00:10:39.210
  • Jim: Found yesterday?
  • 00:10:39.220 --> 00:10:41.010
  • Scott: These are the ones found yesterday.
  • 00:10:41.020 --> 00:10:42.110
  • Washed at the end of the day, and now they're being checked.
  • 00:10:42.120 --> 00:10:44.230
  • So, when we get here and we sit in these seats in an hour or so,
  • 00:10:44.240 --> 00:10:47.200
  • if there was something that caught their eye,
  • 00:10:47.210 --> 00:10:51.130
  • they want to make sure that we take a closer look at that,
  • 00:10:51.140 --> 00:10:53.240
  • see if there's anything glyptic like inscribed,
  • 00:10:53.250 --> 00:10:56.070
  • you know, then they're going to set that aside.
  • 00:10:56.080 --> 00:10:58.280
  • And in our dark room, just behind them, also, there's
  • 00:10:58.290 --> 00:11:01.270
  • infrared and ultraviolet lighting.
  • 00:11:01.280 --> 00:11:03.110
  • Jim: When will you do that?
  • 00:11:03.120 --> 00:11:04.210
  • Scott: That--it's going to be going on.
  • 00:11:04.220 --> 00:11:06.190
  • I don't know, he may be in there right now.
  • 00:11:06.200 --> 00:11:07.290
  • Doug, are you in there?
  • 00:11:08.000 --> 00:11:09.110
  • He's in there right now examining some--
  • 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:13.030
  • Jim: Yes, Lord. Scott: Speak to your servant.
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  • male: You can't know everything about everything.
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:24.150
  • And so when we dig and we have the material,
  • 00:12:24.160 --> 00:12:26.180
  • and we were just talking about the pottery,
  • 00:12:26.190 --> 00:12:28.030
  • then the pottery expert, our ceramicist is going to take a
  • 00:12:28.040 --> 00:12:30.200
  • look at that and say, "No, maybe Matt and I have an opinion here
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:33.150
  • as we're looking at something in the square, we think--"
  • 00:12:33.160 --> 00:12:35.230
  • But, you know, then you get that answer from the
  • 00:12:35.240 --> 00:12:37.220
  • person that's their focus, that's their expertise.
  • 00:12:37.230 --> 00:12:40.050
  • Matthew Glassman: You have a guy for everything, right?
  • 00:12:40.060 --> 00:12:42.100
  • You got a coin guy. We got a flint guy.
  • 00:12:42.110 --> 00:12:43.200
  • We got a metals guy.
  • 00:12:43.210 --> 00:12:45.000
  • Whoever you need to talk to, we got a guy for that.
  • 00:12:45.010 --> 00:12:47.220
  • So, it's really--it's impressive what Scott's done to assemble
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:51.010
  • the whole team.
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:53.200
  • Jim: What brought you to Shiloh of all places,
  • 00:12:54.150 --> 00:12:57.060
  • and how much different is this than in Mexico?
  • 00:12:57.070 --> 00:13:01.010
  • [speaking foreign language]
  • 00:13:01.020 --> 00:13:11.010
  • [speaking foreign language]
  • 00:13:11.020 --> 00:13:13.010
  • Jim: You're one of the most well-known people in Israel
  • 00:13:13.020 --> 00:13:16.160
  • and there you are digging out in the--
  • 00:13:16.170 --> 00:13:18.210
  • Orna Cohen: I'm just an archeologist excited from--
  • 00:13:18.220 --> 00:13:21.100
  • Jim: Can you comment about Shiloh?
  • 00:13:21.110 --> 00:13:23.110
  • Orna: Well, I'm the conservator for the finds of Shiloh.
  • 00:13:23.120 --> 00:13:26.270
  • So, I'm trying to come every season for a day or two to feel
  • 00:13:26.280 --> 00:13:30.260
  • the site, to see what's happening,
  • 00:13:30.270 --> 00:13:33.070
  • what's developing, giving some advice how to preserve the site,
  • 00:13:33.080 --> 00:13:36.190
  • and it's my pleasure being here.
  • 00:13:36.200 --> 00:13:39.020
  • It's an amazing site.
  • 00:13:39.030 --> 00:13:40.180
  • Jim: Now, I want you to grade my skills as an archaeologist.
  • 00:13:40.190 --> 00:13:43.230
  • I've been here for two days now.
  • 00:13:43.240 --> 00:13:45.110
  • Have you seen me carrying those rocks?
  • 00:13:45.120 --> 00:13:47.270
  • What do you think? Am I pretty good at it?
  • 00:13:47.280 --> 00:13:49.250
  • Orna: You should practice a bit more.
  • 00:13:49.260 --> 00:13:51.080
  • Jim: How about for the rest of the day?
  • 00:13:51.090 --> 00:13:53.230
  • Orna: By the end of the day, you will be an expert.
  • 00:13:53.240 --> 00:13:56.110
  • Jim: Thank you.
  • 00:13:56.120 --> 00:13:57.210
  • Orna: Thank you. Enjoy it.
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:59.020
  • male: You know, we're so far away geographically,
  • 00:14:01.010 --> 00:14:02.250
  • culturally, and chronologically, but here you can cross much
  • 00:14:02.260 --> 00:14:07.250
  • of that divide because you're in the land.
  • 00:14:07.260 --> 00:14:09.200
  • And by digging down, you can reconnect with
  • 00:14:09.210 --> 00:14:12.170
  • parts of their world.
  • 00:14:12.180 --> 00:14:16.270
  • Jim: We have been summoned to our square,
  • 00:14:16.280 --> 00:14:20.120
  • and Victoria has something to show us.
  • 00:14:20.130 --> 00:14:24.070
  • What did you find?
  • 00:14:24.080 --> 00:14:25.170
  • Victoria Dennis: So, this is called a pyxis.
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  • It would have held some kind of ointment or valuable liquid of
  • 00:14:27.140 --> 00:14:32.080
  • some sort, cosmetic maybe.
  • 00:14:32.090 --> 00:14:35.030
  • Jim: Just dug this up just now and you have the biggest
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:37.240
  • smile on your face.
  • 00:14:37.250 --> 00:14:39.040
  • So, is this significant?
  • 00:14:39.050 --> 00:14:40.140
  • I mean, what's the deal? Because it's intact.
  • 00:14:40.150 --> 00:14:42.060
  • Victoria: Yeah, it's--that's it's intact.
  • 00:14:42.070 --> 00:14:43.290
  • Yeah, we've found very few things that are in one piece.
  • 00:14:44.000 --> 00:14:48.270
  • Scott: And I'm going to set side by side here,
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:51.140
  • juxtapose three glyptic finds--that means
  • 00:14:51.150 --> 00:14:54.060
  • inscribed finding.
  • 00:14:54.070 --> 00:14:56.010
  • The first one is a handle that has an impression on it,
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:59.090
  • and the second one is a beulah.
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  • This is a piece of clay that was impressed with a scarab.
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:04.290
  • And the third one is a scarab.
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  • Jim: Israel found this season--
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  • Scott: Just a few weeks ago--within the last few weeks,
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:13.210
  • and it would have been covered with gold, golden case.
  • 00:15:13.220 --> 00:15:15.290
  • And it then can be used to make an impression like this.
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:21.230
  • When we look at this under magnification,
  • 00:15:21.240 --> 00:15:23.200
  • we can actually see that it's impressed and there--we will
  • 00:15:23.210 --> 00:15:28.280
  • have to then study it very carefully to understand it,
  • 00:15:28.290 --> 00:15:31.090
  • but it is impressed with a scarab.
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  • Jim: And you might be able to know the scarab, the scarab.
  • 00:15:34.220 --> 00:15:39.120
  • Scott: Right, we already do or have a good idea, at least.
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:41.240
  • This is a very early scarab, one of the earliest ever found in
  • 00:15:41.250 --> 00:15:44.230
  • Israel like 13th Dynasty.
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  • So, it's from Egypt, but a very early period in Egypt.
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  • Jim: And they would use these for marking,
  • 00:15:49.200 --> 00:15:52.290
  • but also the bigger ones may be just for authority to--
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  • Scott: Even the little ones, absolutely.
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:15:59.060
  • So--not anyone else at Shiloh was going to have that,
  • 00:15:59.070 --> 00:16:02.080
  • just the person in charge.
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:04.010
  • Jim: These are significant because this gives you some
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:07.010
  • more detail on dating.
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:08.190
  • Scott: Well, if we get it from a clean locus then and we
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:11.140
  • can prove that that's from the 13th Dynasty,
  • 00:16:11.150 --> 00:16:13.200
  • what does that mean for that locus?
  • 00:16:13.210 --> 00:16:15.160
  • Okay, so, it's very, very clear.
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:18.050
  • That would be like stratum seven or stratum eight,
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:20.170
  • which is the foundational phase of Shiloh.
  • 00:16:20.180 --> 00:16:22.100
  • So, it confirms it.
  • 00:16:22.110 --> 00:16:23.280
  • Jim: Yeah, and these three items, were these found in
  • 00:16:23.290 --> 00:16:27.000
  • situ or in sifting?
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:30.080
  • Give us the background.
  • 00:16:30.090 --> 00:16:32.020
  • Scott: Okay, this was found in situ,
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:33.220
  • but it's a normal handle knob from, you know,
  • 00:16:33.230 --> 00:16:37.290
  • the Iron Age one probably, possibly late Bronze Age.
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:42.290
  • Normally, it wouldn't catch our attention.
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:44.150
  • We would not save it for publication.
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:46.230
  • It's not attached to the rim, but we do check
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:49.010
  • everything--double check it.
  • 00:16:49.020 --> 00:16:50.190
  • And so, in that double checking process,
  • 00:16:50.200 --> 00:16:52.090
  • we spotted the potter's mark, and then checking it more
  • 00:16:52.100 --> 00:16:54.250
  • closely saw that it was an impressed with the scarab.
  • 00:16:54.260 --> 00:16:58.030
  • So, see that three glyptic things?
  • 00:16:58.040 --> 00:17:00.020
  • You've got the scarab, you've got the beulah,
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:02.060
  • and then we have the impression.
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:04.040
  • You're looking at the back here, and I want
  • 00:17:04.050 --> 00:17:06.080
  • you to notice that it's concave.
  • 00:17:06.090 --> 00:17:08.050
  • That's concave because it was attached to a document.
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:12.010
  • Okay, so, this seals a document and we can even see
  • 00:17:12.020 --> 00:17:16.010
  • the papyrus on it, and where the string would go.
  • 00:17:16.020 --> 00:17:19.190
  • And here if you look closely, you can see the fingerprint
  • 00:17:19.200 --> 00:17:23.020
  • of an ancient Israelite.
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:25.010
  • This summer we registered 154 coins,
  • 00:17:25.020 --> 00:17:28.020
  • and one of the reasons is because we're very careful.
  • 00:17:28.030 --> 00:17:30.260
  • We metal-detect every locus that we're in,
  • 00:17:30.270 --> 00:17:33.160
  • then we dry sift it, and then we wet sift it.
  • 00:17:33.170 --> 00:17:35.160
  • So, either they're being found in the square by our volunteers,
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:38.120
  • which is rare, or our metal detectors detects them or they
  • 00:17:38.130 --> 00:17:43.010
  • make it to dry sift and we catch them there or occasionally they
  • 00:17:43.020 --> 00:17:45.270
  • make it all the way to wet sift before we get from there.
  • 00:17:45.280 --> 00:17:48.190
  • We have an eagle with the arrows and it's tough.
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:52.160
  • Jim: So, this would have been what time period?
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:55.000
  • Scott: Probably Ptolemaic--I'll have to look at the report,
  • 00:17:55.010 --> 00:17:57.020
  • but it looks to me like as a 2nd century BC Ptolemaic coin, yeah.
  • 00:17:57.030 --> 00:18:03.060
  • Scott: All right, Jim, this is area D.
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:08.250
  • We're on the eastern edge of the side.
  • 00:18:08.260 --> 00:18:10.160
  • Behind us is the huge fortification wall.
  • 00:18:10.170 --> 00:18:13.060
  • There was a section of glacis here that Finkelstein in the
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:16.210
  • 1980s removes so that he can understand what was going on.
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:20.260
  • On top of that glacis was a phavisa,
  • 00:18:20.270 --> 00:18:24.260
  • a sacred deposit of bones.
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.280
  • And what they were doing was for hundreds of years dumping bones
  • 00:18:26.290 --> 00:18:30.040
  • over the edge.
  • 00:18:30.050 --> 00:18:31.270
  • Of course, what's interesting is when we study these bones,
  • 00:18:31.280 --> 00:18:34.290
  • we know the exact animals that they came from.
  • 00:18:35.000 --> 00:18:37.100
  • They were animals from the biblical sacrificial system.
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:40.170
  • Here, again, we have verisimilitude.
  • 00:18:40.180 --> 00:18:43.160
  • We're connecting the material culture with
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.240
  • what we find in the Bible.
  • 00:18:45.250 --> 00:18:51.000
  • Scott: This is forming this huge platform where that wall we
  • 00:18:51.010 --> 00:18:53.250
  • were just talking about forms a corner,
  • 00:18:53.260 --> 00:18:56.150
  • and now here's the perpendicular wall coming across and it's
  • 00:18:56.160 --> 00:18:59.170
  • going to connect down on that end and forming a massive
  • 00:18:59.180 --> 00:19:03.100
  • building from the period of the tabernacle.
  • 00:19:03.110 --> 00:19:05.070
  • So, in some way, it's related to the tabernacle here.
  • 00:19:05.080 --> 00:19:09.140
  • Scott: We have something that no other side in Israel has.
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:15.210
  • Around the entire perimeter, there are storage rooms,
  • 00:19:15.220 --> 00:19:21.050
  • big storage rooms and they date to the period before the
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:24.260
  • Israelites were there because the pottery at the bottom is
  • 00:19:24.270 --> 00:19:27.280
  • Canaanite Amorite pottery.
  • 00:19:27.290 --> 00:19:29.250
  • And on top of that, we have the classic colored rim jar,
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:33.120
  • which is what we would call the Israelite storage
  • 00:19:33.130 --> 00:19:35.200
  • jar, very typical.
  • 00:19:35.210 --> 00:19:37.090
  • So, you can see that it was used.
  • 00:19:37.100 --> 00:19:39.140
  • You're going to occupy cities you didn't build.
  • 00:19:39.150 --> 00:19:41.200
  • You're going to live in houses you didn't construct.
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.230
  • They're using these storage rooms.
  • 00:19:43.240 --> 00:19:45.230
  • Now, this begs the question: Why all these storage rooms?
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:51.090
  • What is unique about Shiloh?
  • 00:19:51.100 --> 00:19:53.130
  • Why does no other site have this configuration?
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:57.200
  • Scott: When people tithed in biblical times,
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:01.120
  • how did they do that?
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:02.220
  • Jim: They brought grain, they brought items because they
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:05.050
  • didn't have coins anyways.
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:07.060
  • Scott: Yeah, they would bring commodity.
  • 00:20:07.070 --> 00:20:09.030
  • So, what do we find?
  • 00:20:09.040 --> 00:20:10.160
  • A material culture that matches what we read.
  • 00:20:10.170 --> 00:20:13.090
  • It's what I call verisimilitude.
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:15.040
  • It matches what we read in the text.
  • 00:20:15.050 --> 00:20:16.230
  • Storage rooms, bone deposit, horned altar,
  • 00:20:16.240 --> 00:20:20.200
  • pomegranates, it all begins--
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:23.120
  • Jim: And looking like there could have been a platform
  • 00:20:23.130 --> 00:20:25.200
  • here in this area.
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:27.260
  • Scott: When we excavated this area this season,
  • 00:20:34.040 --> 00:20:36.040
  • what we found is there's a section of the wall missing.
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:40.000
  • See the cemetery there, Jim?
  • 00:20:40.010 --> 00:20:41.230
  • Jim: Yes, I do.
  • 00:20:41.240 --> 00:20:43.030
  • Scott: We've got a threshold. We've got a cemetery.
  • 00:20:43.040 --> 00:20:44.220
  • We may be looking at what we call a postern gate
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:48.210
  • or a secondary entrance into the city.
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:50.220
  • The gate at Shiloh has never been found and it's mentioned
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:53.170
  • in the biblical text.
  • 00:20:53.180 --> 00:20:54.270
  • Now, was Eli at the southern gate,
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:58.000
  • which has never been found, or was Eli here?
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:21:00.090
  • We may be looking at a spot that's very important
  • 00:21:00.100 --> 00:21:03.120
  • for the biblical text.
  • 00:21:03.130 --> 00:21:06.080
  • Jim: And a gate is a very significant discovery.
  • 00:21:10.060 --> 00:21:14.010
  • Scott: Well, the Bible talks so much about the gates of the
  • 00:21:14.020 --> 00:21:16.120
  • city where justice is meted out, where social interactions occur.
  • 00:21:16.130 --> 00:21:20.050
  • It's kind of like a flea market.
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:22.020
  • So--and the Bible mentions that Eli was in the gated Shiloh when
  • 00:21:22.030 --> 00:21:25.220
  • he met his untimely death.
  • 00:21:25.230 --> 00:21:27.220
  • And in fact, now that I think about it,
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:30.050
  • if this is in fact the place that that happened to Eli--and
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:34.100
  • I'm not claiming it was.
  • 00:21:34.110 --> 00:21:35.200
  • I'm just saying the possibility exists.
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:37.120
  • Also, just right behind us is where the dig director of the
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:42.200
  • Danish excavation, Hans Kjaer, became mortally ill while
  • 00:21:42.210 --> 00:21:45.240
  • working here at Shiloh and was taken from here to Jerusalem and
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  • never recovered, and that's what ended the Danish excavation.
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  • Jim: Okay, I think we're leaving now, yeah.
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  • Scott: I never connected those dots before,
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  • but there and there and right here.
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  • Jim: "Hey, Scudder, stand right here."
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  • Scott: Anyone who gets on my bad side,
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  • I'm sending them over here to work, okay?
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  • Jim: I think I got something in my lungs.
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  • [laughing]
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  • Jim: Here at Shiloh as we end the program and end the series,
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  • let me once again reinforce to you the importance,
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  • the meaning, why we even talk about archaeology is to shed a
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  • little more light on the Bible.
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  • The Bible is the Word of God.
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  • The Bible was written as God's love story to mankind,
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  • and that love story begins with the sacrificial system,
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  • the sacrifices.
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  • We find that even back in the garden of Eden
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  • with Adam and Eve.
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  • We find it again with Noah and we find it with Abraham.
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  • And even here in Shiloh, the sacrifices went on right behind
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  • me, the bone deposits showing the sacrifice
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  • of animals for 300 years.
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  • Why did all those animals die?
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  • They weren't guilty of the sins of the humans.
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  • Well, they were a picture. They were a type.
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  • They were the way that the nation of Israel would continue
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  • to have a fellowship with God.
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  • But we still have a sin problem.
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  • The animal sacrifice couldn't solve that.
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  • So, that's why Jesus came just as the prophets predicted.
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  • If you're Jewish, I'm not trying to convert you.
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  • I'm trying to show you Jesus or Yeshua is the Messiah;
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  • Jesus, Yeshua Hamashiach.
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  • But here's what you need to do if you're Jewish
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  • or Gentile like me.
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  • You just have to open up the Scriptures.
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  • If you're Jewish, open up Isaiah and read Isaiah 53.
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  • Jesus, the Lamb of God, he opened not his mouth,
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  • but yet he was slaughtered.
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  • The Jews weren't responsible for the death of Jesus nor
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  • were the Gentiles.
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  • It wasn't Rome. It wasn't Jews.
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  • It was all of us. It was me.
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  • It was because I'm a sinner.
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  • He came willingly as a sacrifice.
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  • I'm holding a stone here in Shiloh--from Shiloh and I want
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  • this to represent sin, and I want this
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  • to represent you and me.
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  • We all have sinned.
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  • We've all fallen short of the glory of God and we cannot
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  • get rid of this ourselves.
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  • That's why--let this represent Jesus.
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  • He had no sin.
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  • He came to Bethlehem as predicted.
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  • He lived a perfect life, an amazing life.
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  • He did many miracles, yet he still died innocent and perfect
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  • just like those animals.
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  • He died a human sacrifice, a perfect human sacrifice
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  • for our sin.
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  • He paid for that sin on the cross,
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  • he rose again the third day, and anyone who will believe in him
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  • has eternal life.
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  • You say, "Well, Pastor Scudder, that's just your opinion."
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  • Well, here's the bottom line.
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  • Read what the Scriptures say.
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  • Check it out for yourself if you don't believe me.
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  • I'm just telling you what the Bible says.
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  • "God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son
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  • that whosoever believeth in him should not perish
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  • but have everlasting life."
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  • I'm not asking you to be a Baptist.
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  • I'm asking you to put your faith in Jesus.
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  • He is the Savior of the world, especially those who believe.
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  • If you'll trust in him, the Bible guarantees you
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  • everlasting life.
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  • Now we should serve him, we should love him,
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  • we should worship him because of what he's done for us and
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  • because he is worthy.
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  • All the sacrificial system here at Shiloh points to that lamb
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  • of God that John the Baptist said would take
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  • away the sin of the world.
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  • "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
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  • Jim: The Bible is under attack,
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  • and it's up to you to have the answers,
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  • to know what to say to people that say archaeology
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  • disproves the Bible.
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  • This video will actually help you understand that
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  • archaeology verifies the Bible.
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  • This is an adventure, but it's also informative.
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  • It'll also help you bring the answers to people that are
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  • questioning God and questioning the Scriptures.
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  • Jim: What an adventure we've had,
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  • from Jericho to Ai to Mount Ebal to Shiloh.
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  • We've covered the heartland.
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  • We've covered the conquest.
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  • And once again, I am so thrilled to tell you that the Bible is as
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  • it says it is; the Word of God.
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  • It is reliable for life. It is reliable for eternal life.
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