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The Naked Archaeologist

The Naked Archaeologist

VisionTV 2005

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 like they've never seen it before: He dances, he raps, he clambers under barbed wire and over fences - and he crosses swords with the world's foremost archaeologists, historians and scientists.Fast, funny and irreverent (think the Ali G. of archaeology), Jacobovici asks the questions we all want to know the answers to: Why is it so bad to be called a Philistine? Was Jezebel really that sexy? What do you do when you find a 2,000-year-old palace under your house? And where do you stop for a good falafel when you're on your way to find the real Mount Sinai?

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Naked Archaeologist

#1 - Jewish Rome

9.50

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 in the rarely seen Jewish Catacombs, the Naked Archaeologist digs down to an older, deeper layer of Rome--one that predates Christianity by centuries.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#2 - Holy Hot Spot

9.00

Season 1 - Episode 21

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 episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#3 - The Mother of Archaeology

9.00

Season 1 - Episode 23

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 to find out how accurate St. Helena was.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#4 - Chasing the Temple Booty – Part 1

9.00

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#5 - Chasing the Temple Booty – Part 2

9.00

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#6 - The Legacy of King Solomon – Part 2

9.00

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

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

9.00

Season 2 - Episode 15

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 much like a modern-day rabbi. And they adhered to the laws of Moses - which means they circumcised, ate Kosher, and respected Saturday as the Sabbath. So why is there such a separation between Judaism and Christianity today? What happened to make these two faiths so different?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#8 - The Miracle Workers of Galilee

9.00

Season 2 - Episode 17

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 maker of his time? What if we look at the Jesus miracles through the lens of first century Judaism? Can the archaeology of this time illuminate the phenomenon of 1st century miracles and tell us why the Galilee was miracle central?

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#9 - Who Invented the Alphabet?

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 that can be used to form words.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#10 - Biblical Food

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 cook a meal fit for a king.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#11 - Jesus: The Early Years
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#12 - Crucifixion
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 14

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 known artifact - a foot with a nail through it - in an Israeli museum.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#13 - King David
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 15

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.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#14 - Jezebel: Bible Bad Girl
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 16

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 episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#15 - The Oldest Leper
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 17

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 tell us more about the disease than we may ever want to know.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#16 - Joshua
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 18

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 warrior even exist?

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#17 - Masada
8.50
Season 1 - Episode 19

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#18 - The Would-be Messiah
8.50
Season 2 - Episode 1

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 episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#19 - The Search for St. Peter
8.50
Season 2 - Episode 2

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 to Christian tradition, Peter is buried deep in the catacombs underneath the basilica. But is there any actual archaeological proof that St. Peter is there? In this episode, the Naked Archaeologist tracks down the last footsteps of St. Peter and you may be very surprised where they lead!

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

#20 - A Nabatean By Any Other Name
8.50
Season 2 - Episode 3

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 trading empire in the first century BCE. It was an empire, which rested on the trade of Frankincense, which was, among other things, ancient deodorant. But who were the Nabateans? Almost nothing is known about them. The Naked Archaeologist is determined to find out, and along the way he finds a surprising link to Moses and the Exodus.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Naked Archaeologist from 2 votes.

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