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The Naked Archaeologist

The Naked Archaeologist (2007)

Starring: Simcha Jacobovici

In this documentary series shot on location in Egypt, Israel and Greece, the two-time Emmy Award winning producer and director Simcha Jacobovici digs deep into the most extraordinary finds in the Middle East, showing viewers Biblical archaeology... More

Information

First Aired:
January 9, 2007
Air Day:
Wednesday
Air Time:
8E/9P
Runtime:
30 Min
Genre:
Documentary

Seasons

Delilah's People

January 1, 1970

Ep: 1 Delilah's People

The Philistines were a highly cultured people who left behind a rich legacy. We examine the tribe of Delilah and Goliath, their fertility cults, a temple like the one Samson may have destroyed with his bare hands, see some surprising artifacts... More

Who Invented the Alphabet?

January 1, 1970

Ep: 2 Who Invented the Alphabet?

Everyone assumes the Greeks invented the alphabet, but what are its real origins? Archaeological finds tell us that it originated in Egypt where Hebrew slaves began the process of turning hieroglyphics into a series of symbols which convey sounds... More

Jerusalem and The Black Prince

January 1, 1970

Ep: 3 Jerusalem and The Black Prince

It's been an enduring mystery for two thousand years; what stopped the brutal Assyrian army from sacking Jerusalem in 701 BCE? The army was poised outside the walls of Jerusalem - imagine the US Army against the Saskatoon police force - but at... More

What Killed Herod?

January 1, 1970

Ep: 4 What Killed Herod?

One of the most brutal and brilliant leaders of ancient times, the first century King died with worms crawling from his flesh before he expired. On the one hand he was famous for impressive public works and architecture; on the others, for the... More

Real or Fake? and Fame & Forgery? - Part One

January 1, 1970

Ep: 5 Real or Fake? and Fame & Forgery? - Part One

The antiquities market has always been plagued by fakes and forgeries. But current controversies over the James Ossuary and Jehoash Stone are plagued by politics, making a proper assessment of their authenticity nearly impossible. Can science... More

Real or Fake? and Fame & Forgery? - Part Two

January 1, 1970

Ep: 6 Real or Fake? and Fame & Forgery? - Part Two

The antiquities market has always been plagued by fakes and forgeries. But current controversies over the James Ossuary and Jehoash Stone are plagued by politics, making a proper assessment of their authenticity nearly impossible. Can science... More

Accidental Archaeology

January 1, 1970

Ep: 7 Accidental Archaeology

In North America it would be pretty unusual to have a bulldozer hit anything besides a hidden gas line or cable...but in Israel the cumbersome building tool often unearths ancient treasure. While digging a foundation for a new home, it's not... More

Biblical Food

January 1, 1970

Ep: 8 Biblical Food

The Bible is full of references to the kinds of food ancients ate - but there are no recipes. Simcha learns what archaeology tells us about what people ate in ancient times; shops in Jerusalem for ingredients noted in the Bible and attempt to... More

Jesus: The Early Years

January 1, 1970

Ep: 9 Jesus: The Early Years

The Gospels sometimes contradict each other in their descriptions of Jesus' early years and not much is known about how he spent his childhood. Now archaeology can help uncover some clues about his early influences and even his birth.

John the Baptist

January 1, 1970

Ep: 10 John the Baptist

New archaeology has revealed what may be the cave where St. John baptized new converts to Christianity.

True Blue and Return of the Hillazon  - Part  One

January 1, 1970

Ep: 11 True Blue and Return of the Hillazon - Part One

Why is a debate about a color so intensely important to some Orthodox Jews? How did the recipe for the true Royal Blue become lost? What is the Hillazon Does archaeology have the answers?

True Blue and Return of the Hillazon  - Part Two

January 1, 1970

Ep: 12 True Blue and Return of the Hillazon - Part Two

Why is a debate about a color so intensely important to some Orthodox Jews? How did the recipe for the true Royal Blue become lost? What is the Hillazon Does archaeology have the answers?

The Last Man Standing

November 28, 2005

Ep: 13 The Last Man Standing

The first century historian, Flavius Josephus, is the most frequently quoted scholar when it comes to the history of Jesus' time. But are his views accurate? We get a profile of the controversial historian.

Crucifixion

December 5, 2005

Ep: 14 Crucifixion

In ancient times, thousands of people's lives ended, excruciatingly, on the cross. Despite the fact that so many were crucified, little physical evidence of it remains. We investigate why there is so little archaeological proof and visit the only... More

King David

December 12, 2005

Ep: 15 King David

The Bible paints a picture of King David as a mighty hero, but for decades archaeologists have been struggling to find evidence of David's mighty kingdom.

Jezebel: Bible Bad Girl

December 19, 2005

Ep: 16 Jezebel: Bible Bad Girl

How did this Phoenician princess become one of the Bible's best, or worst, femme fatales? Jezebel married Israelite King Ahab. But the Israelites new queen didn't move into the bridal chamber alone.

The Oldest Leper

December 26, 2005

Ep: 17 The Oldest Leper

Ancients suffered from hundreds of ailments, some of which still plague us today. Leprosy is mentioned in the Bible frequently, and now archaeology has uncovered what may be the bones of the oldest leper. Scientists studying those bones can now... More

Joshua

January 2, 2006

Ep: 18 Joshua

Joshua is one of the Bible's greatest generals who conquered Canaan, the land God promised the Israelites. From Joshua came Israel, from Israel Jesus, from Jesus, Christianity and much of the Western World. But did the Old Testament's fiercest... More

Masada

January 9, 2006

Ep: 19 Masada

After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, legend has it that a group of about 1,000 politicized Jews committed suicide rather than be taken into slavery by Rome. Archaeological evidence has proven the legend to be real.

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

January 16, 2006

Ep: 20 Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

n the 1950s a Bedouin shepherd's sheep stumbled upon some ancient scrolls in a cave on the shores of the Dead Sea. This accidental find would prove to be the greatest archaeological discovery of the twentieth century.

Holy Hot Spot

January 23, 2006

Ep: 21 Holy Hot Spot

For Jews, Christians and Muslims the Temple Mount or Al-Haram al-Sharif, is one of the holiest places on the planet. What does archaeology reveal about this holiest piece of the Holy Land?

Biblical Epicenter

January 1, 1970

Ep: 22 Biblical Epicenter

For Jews, Christians and Muslims the Temple Mount or Al-Haram al-Sharif, is one of the holiest places on the planet. What does archaeology reveal about this holiest piece of the Holy Land?

The Mother of Archaeology

January 1, 1970

Ep: 23 The Mother of Archaeology

St. Helena was the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine. She convinced him to establish Christianity as the official state religion in the 4th century. She was also the first Christian pilgrim. Simcha visits some of the holiest Christian sites... More

Who Wrote the Bible?

January 1, 1970

Ep: 24 Who Wrote the Bible?

The Bible is made up of dozens of books, but tradition has it that the first five books were dictated to Moses, by God. But could Moses have really written down the words that God spoke, including the Ten Commandments?

Where is The Real Mount Sinai? - Part One

January 1, 1970

Ep: 25 Where is The Real Mount Sinai? - Part One

For thousands of years people have wondered which peak in the Sinai Peninsula is the legendary mountain where Moses is supposed to have received the 10 commandments.

Where is The Real Mount Sinai? - Part Two

January 1, 1970

Ep: 26 Where is The Real Mount Sinai? - Part Two

For thousands of years people have wondered which peak in the Sinai Peninsula is the legendary mountain where Moses is supposed to have received the 10 commandments.

The Would-be Messiah

January 1, 1970

Ep: 1 The Would-be Messiah

One hundred years after Jesus was crucified, a warrior hailed by rabbis as the Jewish messiah led a massive rebellion against Roman occupation in Israel. Who was this would-be messiah? This is the story of the rabbis' best kept secret.

The Search for St. Peter

May 23, 2008

Ep: 2 The Search for St. Peter

At the Vatican in Rome stands the most iconic Christian church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. It's named after the one-time fisherman turned saint – the famous bearded bouncer who controls the Pearly gates of heaven – St Peter. According... More

A Nabatean By Any Other Name

May 30, 2008

Ep: 3 A Nabatean By Any Other Name

What do a lost city, a forgotten empire, deodorant and Moses have in common? The Naked Archaeologist is on a mission to find out. The Nabateans, an ancient and mysterious people built the beautiful hidden city of Petra as the capital of their... More

Chasing the Temple Booty – Part 1

January 1, 1970

Ep: 4 Chasing the Temple Booty – Part 1

Part 1 of 2. New clues take host Simcha Jacobovici around the world on a hunt for the treasures of King Solomon's Temple.

Chasing the Temple Booty – Part 2

January 1, 1970

Ep: 5 Chasing the Temple Booty – Part 2

Part 2 of 2. Searching for the treasures of King Solomon's Temple; host Simcha Jacobovici.

The Legacy of King Solomon – Part 1

January 1, 1970

Ep: 6 The Legacy of King Solomon – Part 1

King Solomon has been the source of great debate in recent years: Was he, or wasn't he, a real historical figure? Taking clues from the Bible, the Naked Archaeologist attempts to separate fact from fiction and figure out what legacy King Solomon... More

The Legacy of King Solomon – Part 2

January 1, 1970

Ep: 7 The Legacy of King Solomon – Part 2

In part two, the Naked Archaeologist takes his investigation of King Solomon up a notch, and makes some amazing discoveries that just might prove that Solomon really was the King of Israel in the 10th Century BCE.

Decoding Ezekiel's Vision

January 1, 1970

Ep: 8 Decoding Ezekiel's Vision

Since the beginning of time, man has searched the heavens for answers to the meaning and purpose of life. But what did the ancients know about the make-up of the universe? And what archaeology is out there that can tell us how they mapped the stars?

Jewish Rome

January 1, 1970

Ep: 9 Jewish Rome

The Catacombs, the Vatican, the Churches--to much of the world Rome IS Christianity. But with the oldest European Jewish community in the world, is there another story under Rome? Starting in the historic streets of the Jewish Ghetto and ending... More

The Giants of Genesis

January 1, 1970

Ep: 10 The Giants of Genesis

In Genesis 6:4 of the Old Testament it says: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old,... More

All in the Family

January 1, 1970

Ep: 11 All in the Family

If the Bible was rated the way movies are, it wouldn’t even get close to a family rating. But even by that standard the story of Lot and his daughters is racy. Few people remember that Lot had a drunken fling with his daughters after his wife... More

The Curse of the Macabee Tomb

January 1, 1970

Ep: 12 The Curse of the Macabee Tomb

Everybody knows Chanukah: that holiday in mid December that doesn’t involve reindeer. But where does it come from? The Naked Archaeologist explores the “miracle of the oil” and the Maccabees, who freed the Temple in Jerusalem and without... More

The Search for King David's Harp

January 1, 1970

Ep: 13 The Search for King David's Harp

King David, biblical king of Israel, was a man of many talents. He slew Goliath. He conquered the Philistines. His sex life was X rated, but he also played the harp. Apparently he got pretty good at it. How do we know? There’s a passage in I... More

Hangin' with Judas

January 1, 1970

Ep: 14 Hangin' with Judas

It was the kiss heard round the world, and in its wake a new religion was born. But was Judas Iscariot really the man who betrayed Jesus, or just a handy scapegoat? Following clues in the Bible and investigating archaeology in the Holy Land, the... More

The Miracle Workers of Galilee

January 1, 1970

Ep: 15 The Miracle Workers of Galilee

A miracle is a concrete example of divine intervention and proof of the supernatural power of God. The Christian Bible tells us that Jesus performed at least 36 miracles in his lifetime, most of them in the Galilee. But was Jesus the only miracle... More

The Collector

January 1, 1970

Ep: 16 The Collector

Shlomo Moussaieff has one of the most impressive, and most controversial collections of antiquities in the world. We profile this fascinating character and get a rare look at artifacts that are rarely seen. From 2500-year-old magic bowls to... More

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

January 1, 1970

Ep: 17 Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Who was Pontius Pilate? Was he a brutal dictator with a habit of crucifying dissenters, or just an easy-going guy who had a fetish for keeping his hands clean? Following the latest evidence and talking to leading experts the Naked Archaeologist... More

What Happened to the JC Bunch? Part 1

January 1, 1970

Ep: 18 What Happened to the JC Bunch? Part 1

Part 1 of 3 - Two thousand years ago there were no lines drawn between Jewish and Christian. The earliest Christians were in fact Jews - essentially, a Jewish sect of Jesus followers. They followed Jesus and respected his teachings as if he were... More

What Happened to the JC Bunch? Part 2: Tracking the Tribe

January 1, 1970

Ep: 19 What Happened to the JC Bunch? Part 2: Tracking the Tribe

Part 2 of 3 - Two thousand years ago there were no lines drawn between Jewish and Christian. The earliest Christians were in fact Jews - essentially, a Jewish sect of Jesus followers. They followed Jesus and respected his teachings as if he were... More

What Happened to the JC Bunch? Part 3: The Early Christian Underground

January 1, 1970

Ep: 20 What Happened to the JC Bunch? Part 3: The Early Christian Underground

Part 3 of 3 - Two thousand years ago there were no lines drawn between Jewish and Christian. The earliest Christians were in fact Jews - essentially, a Jewish sect of Jesus followers. They followed Jesus and respected his teachings as if he were... More

Babes, Brothels and Baths

January 1, 1970

Ep: 21 Babes, Brothels and Baths

Prostitution: the world’s oldest profession. The Hebrew Bible mentions prostitution in lots of places. But the juiciest sex story involving a prostitute is the one about Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38—where prostitution is the lynch pin to the... More

The Beloved Disciple

January 1, 1970

Ep: 22 The Beloved Disciple

Who was the Beloved Disciple? Mentioned five times in the gospel of John, but never named, scholars have speculated about the identity of the “disciple whom Jesus loved” for centuries. Could it be John himself, or Peter, or even Mary... More

Who Were the Danites

January 1, 1970

Ep: 23 Who Were the Danites

There’s a curious sentence in Judges 5:17, “and Dan remained in ships.” In this episode of the Naked Archaeologist we try to determine whether some of the Dan took to the sea and became part of a Mediterranean confederation of Sea Peoples.... More

Coat of Many Colors

January 1, 1970

Ep: 24 Coat of Many Colors

Can ancient rags and roots and herbs lead us to the famous coat of many colours that the Bible tells us Joseph wore? Well, pretty close...The Naked Archaeologist takes a CSI look at remnants of ancient material, brews up some dyes made of roots... More

Bilaam: The Story of a Talking Donkey

January 1, 1970

Ep: 25 Bilaam: The Story of a Talking Donkey

A talking donkey, an angel of the lord, and a curse against the Children of Israel. These are just a few of the clues that the Naked Archaeologist investigates as he uncovers archaeology about Balaam, the pagan prophet who tried to stop the Jews... More

Holy Threads

January 1, 1970

Ep: 26 Holy Threads

The Bible instructs men to wear fringes on the corners of their garments as a constant reminder of God. Can we trace these holy threads back to ancient times and learn more about their significance? One of the threads of these fringes is... More

Moses vs Akhenaten

January 1, 1970

Ep: 1 Moses vs Akhenaten

The Bible says that Moses was the first person to bring the idea of Monotheism – the worship of one God and one God only – to the ancients. But Sigmund Freud has a different idea. The famous psychoanalyst wrote a book crediting a little known... More

Ancient Glass

January 1, 1970

Ep: 2 Ancient Glass

A giant slab of glass is discovered in the middle of an ancient cemetery where important Rabbis are buried. What’s it doing there? Simcha has a theory that it was an unsuccessful attempt at making a window for Herod’s temple renovation in the... More

Biblical Beauty Secrets

January 1, 1970

Ep: 3 Biblical Beauty Secrets

The Naked Archaeologist investigates how important looking and smelling good was in Biblical days, So Simcha learns the secrets from Nefertiti to Queen Esther--and, in the process, learns how to make his own line of Ancient Beauty Products

The Bath That Changed History

January 1, 1970

Ep: 4 The Bath That Changed History

Many questions are raised by the Biblical love triangle of King David, Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. Simcha sets out to find evidence of the events that led to the union of David and Bathsheba, which began the Messianic line. It all begins... More

The Hairy Show

January 1, 1970

Ep: 5 The Hairy Show

The Bible is not a picture book so even though it's chock full of references to hair we have no idea what ancient Israelite hair-dos looked like. Did women braid or cover their hair? And did men sport long hair and long beards or just Elvis style... More

Rebuilding the Temple

January 1, 1970

Ep: 6 Rebuilding the Temple

Over two thousand years ago, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, but now it is being rebuilt in some surprising places. Simcha travels from Texas to Jerusalem to London to visit model builders obsessed with discovering what Solomon’s Temple... More

Gone Fishing

January 1, 1970

Ep: 7 Gone Fishing

The Gospels tell us Jesus was a 'tekton' or a builder but there's not a single stone mason or carpenter among his disciples. Why were fishermen so important to Jesus’ ministry and why did he choose to spread his word among the fishing culture... More

Naked Letters

January 1, 1970

Ep: 8 Naked Letters

Simcha answers letters sent in to The Naked Archaeologist. Viewers’ questions take him from Israel to Egypt to Istanbul, as he investigates ancient sports, Biblical sex quandaries, and we learn fascinating things about our forbearers,... More

Lilith: Queen of the Night

January 1, 1970

Ep: 9 Lilith: Queen of the Night

According to a rabbinical interpretation of the Book of Genesis, Adam's first wife wasn't Eve, but a woman named Lilith. But where did the rabbis get the idea of Lilith from? Tracking backwards in time, The Naked Archaeologist uncovers evidence... More

Bethsaida and the Cross

January 1, 1970

Ep: 10 Bethsaida and the Cross

A cross has just been found in a town in the Galilee where Jesus and his disciples hung out, and archaeologically dated to that time. But the cross did not become a symbol for Christianity for another three centuries. The Naked Archaeologist... More

Queen Esther and Purim

January 1, 1970

Ep: 11 Queen Esther and Purim

The Book of Esther tells us that a 5th Century bad guy named Haman wanted to kill all the Jews in Persia. He relied on a game of chance to select the day. But which game of chance was it? The Naked Archaeologist goes on a hunt to uncover... More

Apostles & Spies, Part 1

January 1, 1970

Ep: 12 Apostles & Spies, Part 1

Simcha follows a spy checklist to see if St. Paul was a secret agent, working for the Romans to infiltrate the Jesus movement. Paul hits every item on the list, and archeology shows that James, the brother of Jesus, may have gotten short shrift... More

Apostles & Spies, Part 2

January 1, 1970

Ep: 13 Apostles & Spies, Part 2

A letter addressed to a royal found in the Dead Sea Scrolls sheds light on an apparent rift between the message of St. Paul and the message of James, brother of Jesus. The Scrolls letter leads Simcha to a stunning archeological site in... More