I recently had the honour of an extended chat with John Dickson for his podcast, Undeceptions. The episode (“Between Testaments”) takes a look at the four hundred years leading up to the New Testament. These centuries were anything but “silent.” They were, in fact, pivotal to the ongoing revelation of God, his work in history, and his relationship with his covenant people. If we ignore them, we end up misconstruing the mission of Jesus himself.
Please have a listen, and please also consider subscribing to John’s podcast.
It seems that forensic analysis has positively identified the remains of Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. While there is no inscriptional or documentary evidence to prove the identification, the forensic analysis suggests the identification is probable. The skeletal remains of the adult male from Tomb I at Vergina bear the same wounds to the knee that Philip is documented to have suffered. This means the other skeletal remains in the same tomb are likely to be those of his wife, Cleopatra Eurydice (not the mother of Alexander the Great), and their infant child.
We’ve long suspected the Vergina tomb complex was Philip’s last resting place. Now, palaeopathology has given us the strongest indication that this is correct.
More on the identification can be found via the following links: