An Ancient Judean Toilet Seat—And Proof of Nehemiah’s Wall?

Watch Jerusalem; Yoli Schwartz | Israel Antiquities Authority

In early October, Israeli archaeologists revealed the discovery of a 2,700-year-old toilet seat and septic tank belonging to a palatial structure on the outskirts of ancient Jerusalem. The building is clearly Judean and dates the time period of King Hezekiah or Manasseh. Yet as brought out by camera’s Tamar Sternthal, the newswire reporting of the discovery did all it could to edit the Bible and Jewish history out of the discovery.

In the first half of today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the effort the Associated Press went to in order to blot out any connection of the discovery to the Bible. Then, using an example of a recent article about Persian period Jerusalem, Nagtegaal talks about the ease with which archaeologists themselves can dismiss discoveries that provide corroboratory evidence for the Bible.

Show Notes

First Temple Period Lavatory Discovered in Jerusalem

DISCOVERED: Nehemiah’s Wall

Flushing the Israel out of ancient Israel

The Walls that Nehemiah Built: The Town of Jerusalem in the Persian Period