251645350 A First Temple Weight is Discovered and How Money is Used as Propaganda - The Artifact Podcast

Episode 2

#2 "That's heavy, Doc" on Weights, Money, Beauty, and Propaganda

In Episode 2 of the Artifact Podcast, we look at a recent archaeological find, a two-shekel weight from the First Temple period, found a stone's throw from where Nachliel grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem. This gets us talking about weights and measures, money and reputation, barter vs. currency vs. Trobriand Island economics, a Greek temple near Troy, Alexander the Great, Abraham, Jacob, beauty, counterfeiting, and propaganda.

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You can check out Nachliel's podcasts on the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) at https://www.tanachstudy.com/parasha-plus-study and https://app.tanachstudy.com/parasha-plus-study/sefarim/archaeology/bereshit. You can catch Meir-Simchah's podcast for Christians on the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) at TwoChristiansAndAJew.com or wherever you listen to podcasts.

About the Podcast

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The Artifact Podcast
The history, ideas, & existential mystery behind everyday things & some not-so-everyday things

About your hosts

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Nachliel Selavan

I’m a museum and history buff and an artistic and creative educator. I grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem hopping from rooftop to rooftop, scavenging archaeological sites, encountering many a King David with Jerusalem syndrome, and meeting tourists from around the world; and now I’ve become an educator who brings history to life through sharing my experiences.

I just completed a year of podcasting on the Torah portion with the Parasha Study Plus podcast; I did the series Archaeology on the Parasha for TanachStudy.com (https://app.tanachstudy.com/parasha-plus-study/sefarim/archaeology/bemidbar). I also host a YouTube series Sefer Study - Archaeology Snapshot (https://www.youtube.com/c/MuseumToursIL/videos). Life is fun and busy, and if you like what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!
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Meir-Simchah Panzer

I'm a perpetual student with eclectic interests - languages and linguistics, neuroscience and philosophy, mathematics and music. I grew up in northern Virginia, went to Brandeis University, took a long walk on the Appalachian Trail, found my way to Jerusalem. I met Nachliel on Shabbat, at a kiddush in the Old City, around the corner from where he grew up. We've been friends ever since.

I also co-host 'Two Christians and a Jew', a podcast where we explore how Christians and Jews read the Hebrew Scriptures differently and what difference it makes for our lives. Previously I co-hosted 'Holy Madness - The Show'.