Megiddo: grain silo, 8th century BCE

Long, long ago in posts far away from here (June-Oct. 2013), I started posting a series of pics that I snapped on a trip to Israel in 2013. I posted at that time a bit in regard to Tel Aviv and neighboring Joppa (Jaffa; Yaffa), Caesarea Maritima, and Megiddo. However, life got full and the series ceased. However, with this post I’m finally getting back around to picking it up again. [Good things come to those who wait, right?]

Today, we began reading the book of Isaiah in MoSt Church’s year-long Bible reading effort (the ‘Read Scripture’ project). Isaiah opens with these words: “The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.” (Isa. 1.1) And, in fact, we can date Isaiah’s vision of the Lord (6.1) to “the year that King Uzziah [of Judah] died” – about 742 B.C.

Now the the book of Isaiah deals with far more than just matters pertinent to Judah (the southern kingdom). For example, we don’t read very far into the book before we learn that Isaiah has a message to deliver to Israel, the northern kingdom (9.8-10.4). And Jeroboam II, king of Israel, was Uzziah’s contemporary.

All of which set me to thinking and remembering one of the places I visited in Israel in 2013: Megiddo. There we saw the remains of a huge grain silo excavated by archaeologists. It had been constructed under the direction of Jeroboam II … the very time of Isaiah. A marker there reads: “A public grain silo from the time of King Jeroboam II (8th century BCE). The silo had a capacity of 450 cubic meters. Straw found between thee stones attests to the function of the installation.”

Here are some pics of that silo that I snapped while in Megiddo.