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Khirbet el-Maqatir Videos

15th Century BC Destruction Layer at Joshua's Ai

Dr. Scott Stripling describes a destruction layer at Joshua's Ai (Khirbet el-Maqatir), which features calcined bedrock and Late Bronze I pottery in situ from the time of Joshua. (Video courtesy of Steve Rudd).

Ai and Old Testament Chronology

Eugene Merrill discusses "Ai and Old Testament Chronology: Who Cares?" with HBU faculty, staff, students and Khirbet el-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site conference attendees. Presiding: Ben Blackwell, Interim Chair, HBU Department of Theology and Assistant Professor in Christianity.

Byzantine Church at Maqatir

Leen Ritmeyer discusses "Does the Byzantine Church at Maqatir Reflect the Sacred Architecture of the Temple in Jerusalem?" with HBU faculty, staff, students and Khirbet El~Maqatir: History of a Bible Site conference attendees. Presiding: Jeff Green, Dean, HBU School of Christian Thought.

Finding the Lost City of Ai with Archaeologist Gary Byers

Archaeologist Gary Byers reports on the discoveries at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel. Associates for Biblical Research has identified Maqatir as the Ai of Joshua 7-8. Presented at The Master's Seminary in 2013.

Finding the Lost City of Ai (Part One)

For decades, scholars have claimed that the archaeological record shows that the account found in Joshua 7-8 is not historical. Join co-host Henry Smith and Dr. Bryant Wood, Director of Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir (1995-2013). See how the archaeological evidence matches the Biblical account (Part One).

Finding the Lost City of Ai (Part Two)

For decades, scholars have claimed that the archaeological record shows that the account found in Joshua 7-8 is not historical. Join co-host Henry Smith and Dr. Bryant Wood, Director of Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir (1995-2013). See how the archaeological evidence matches the Biblical account (Part Two).

In the Footsteps of Jesus: Have We Discovered Ephraim of John 11:53-54? (Part One)

The New Testament city at Khirbet el-Maqatir is a strong candidate for the site of Ephraim, mentioned in John 11:53-54. See archaeologist Dr. Scott Striping summarize the evidence.

In the Footsteps of Jesus: Have We Discovered Ephraim of John 11:53-54? (Part Two)

Dr. Leen Ritmeyer, world renowned expert on the Temple and archaeological architect, describes the massive first century tower at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel. The New Testament city at Maqatir is a strong candidate for the site of Ephraim, mentioned in John 11:53-54.

In the Footsteps of Jesus- NT Discoveries at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Archaeologist Dr. Scott Stripling walks the audience through the NT period discoveries at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel. Possibly the city of Ephraim in John 11:53​-54, watch as we discuss the massive tower, coins, ritual purity stoneware, and 8 human skeletons who perished at the hands of the Romans in AD 69.

Is it Time to Throw Away Your Bible? A Roundtable Discussion: Joshua and the Battle of Ai

"Ai is simply an embarrassment to every view of the conquest that takes the biblical and archaeological evidence seriously." --- This is what Bible critics have been saying for decades about the Israelite battle at Ai in Joshua 7-8. ABR has conducted original archaeological research in Israel, and the evidence we have uncovered is powerful! Watch as Dr. Bryant Wood and other ABR staff members discuss this issue and how the archaeological research of ABR shows once again why you can trust the Bible.

The Joshua, Judges, and Jesus Exhibit: Archaeological Discoveries from Khirbet el-Maqatir

Dr. Scott Stripling presents the archaeological evidence from ABR's excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the city we believe is the site of Ai recorded in Joshua 7-8. Includes a discussion of et-Tell, pottery, the geography of the region, and an 18th dynasty Egyptian scarab.

*Special thanks to Quentin Road Baptist Church and Jim Scudder Jr. of "In Grace" for giving ABR permission to post this presentation.

Khirbet el Maqatir: A Border Fortress in the Highlands of Caan

Bryant Wood discusses "Khirbet el Maqatir: A Border Fortress in the Highlands of Caan and a Proposed New Location for the Ai of Joshua 7-8" with HBU faculty, staff, students and Khirbet El-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site conference attendees. Presiding: Felisi Sorgwe, HBU Associate Professor in Christianity.

Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir's First Century Village

Scott Stripling discusses "Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir's First Century Village and First Jewish Revolt against Rome" with HBU faculty, staff, students and Khirbet El-Maqatir: History of a Biblical Site conference attendees.

The Search for Joshua's Ai at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Archaeologist Gary Byers reports on the discoveries at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel. Associates for Biblical Research has identified Maqatir as the Ai of Joshua 7-8.

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