Hinnom Valley: The Hinnom Valley—Redeemed Just Like You
“The infamous valley reminds me of more than Manasseh. It also represents my redemption. And yours.”
Israel & politics: With Golan Fence, Israel Closer to Surrounding Itself with Barriers
“Fearful that the Syrian civil war, jihadist terrorists or Lebanese Hezbollah fighters will spill into Israel, the country’s military engineers are rushing to complete their latest “smart fence,” this one in the occupied Golan Heights.”
Jaffa (Joppa): Video of the Day: The Port of Jaffa (2 min. video)
“Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, is one of the oldest port cities in the world with a documented history dating back some 4,000 years. It was to the biblical Joppa that the cedars of Lebanon were once brought to be used in the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. The prophet Jonah, contrary to God’s command, boarded a ship in Jaffa before ending up in the belly of a whale.”
Nature & wildlife: Frog Long Thought Extinct Is Rediscovered in Israel
“… the Hula painted frog was the first amphibian to officially be declared extinct, in 1996. Prior to [Yoram] Malka’s 2011 encounter, the animal had not been spotted alive in nearly 60 years.”
* “Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel with a population of about 75,000 of whom 69% are Muslim …”
* “I have on multiple occasions encountered claims by atheists who insist that there was no village of Nazareth in the first century, often citing outdated or misunderstood archaeological data, or worse still, things written by people who are not themselves archaeologists and yet nonetheless feel they are qualified to offer a completely different interpretation of the existing evidence than professional archaeologists do.”
* “Ken (Dark) is an archaeologist with a great deal of experience in all things to do with the Roman Empire … [and has much] experience in mapping the area around Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. … two extended lectures [of his underscored] … the difference in archaeology between Romanized Sepphoris and Nazareth; it was also news to me that there was no road between Nazareth and Sepphoris – clearly this puts some question marks over reconstructions that have Jesus continually making his way over to the city. By way of contrast, there was a good road between Nazareth (which Ken portrayed as a small Jewish regional town rather than a hamlet) and the larger and more Romanized towns around the the Sea of Galilee.”
Near Korazin (Chorazin): Domus Galilaeae — Near Korazin
“To the west of Korazin, on the south side of route 8277 is beautiful is a Roman Catholic retreat center known as Domus Galilaeae. … It is generally not open to visitors so I thought I would share a few of my images of the place.”
“The museum will house archaeological finds that demonstrate the contribution of various civilizations to the city of Sidon. Excavations at the site have shed light on the city’s history, and the remnants discovered date back as far as 4000 B.C., according to the head of the British Museum expedition, Claude Doumit Sarhal.
“’The artifacts provide insight into historical phases of the city and highlight the importance of the Mediterranean civilizations and cities in communicating with other civilizations,’ she said.
“The number of the archaeological pieces excavated reaches almost 1,000,’ Doumit Sarhal said. ‘You can imagine what could be buried under the historical site of the whole city, and under the 22 hectares of land that constituted the ancient city-state.'”