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What Matters Now to archaeologist Jodi Magness: Ever-changing, eternal Jerusalem

To mark Jerusalem Day, we speak with the ‘Jerusalem Through the Ages’ author and learn about the archaeological record of the peoples who have resided in the Holy City

Welcome to What Matters Now, a weekly podcast exploring one key issue currently shaping Israel and the Jewish World. This week, host deputy editor Amanda Borschel-Dan speaks with archaeologist Prof. Jodi Magness.

This Wednesday, Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War.

But the capital has a rich and fascinating history of rulership changes since its foundation circa 1000 BCE.

Cover of ‘Jerusalem Through the Ages: From Its Beginnings to the Crusades’ by Prof. Jodi Magness. (Courtesy)

Magness just published her latest book, “Jerusalem Through the Ages: From Its Beginnings to the Crusades,” through Oxford University Press. She stopped by The Times of Israel’s Jerusalem offices to speak about the ancient eternal city’s rulerships and populations throughout the eras.

Jerusalem Through the Ages” is a 700-page weighty tome that delves into the city’s history through archaeological evidence and also texts, including the Bible and extra-biblical material such as the Egyptian Amarna Letters.

Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of 11 books, including “Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth,” “Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus,” and “The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” From 2011 until 2023, Magness directed excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee and uncovered its breathtaking mosaics.

So this Jerusalem Day, we take a quick break from our current war and ask archaeologist Prof. Jodi Magness, what mattered then?

What Matters Now podcasts are available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. This episode was produced by the Pod-Waves. 

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