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Bethesda: The Bethesda Pool

“Among the most famous of Jesus’ miracles is recounted in the Gospel of John, where Jesus heals the paralytic at the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-9).”

Benjamin Plateau, Gibeon & Gibeah: Gibeon (part 2) & Gibeah (part 3)

* “… the plateau is guarded by four cities. The city on the western edge is Gibeon. Anyone who came from the coastal plain and through the Aijalon Valley would approach the area through Gibeon. … The picture at the top of this post is of Gibeon, as seen from Nebi Samwil. In the distance, you can see modern-day Ramallah in the West Bank.”

* “… the town of Gibeah guarded the southern end of the Benjamin Plateau. It is located about 2,800 feet in elevation on the watershed ridge along the central mountain range. As a traveler going north along the ‘Way of the Patriarchs’ out of Jerusalem, Gibeah would have been the first city that they would have come to. No doubt, many of the central figures of the Bible went through Gibeah.”

Lachish: Lachish: Open Access to BAR Articles on Lachish Archaeology

“To mark the opening of the fourth expedition to Tel Lachish, we’ve made a collection of seven BAR articles on the third expedition to Lachish free and publicly available …”

Mount Hermon: Autumn on Mount Hermon

“Mount Hermon is actually a cluster of mountains extending for about 150 km in a northeast-southwest direction with three distinct summits that straddle the border between Syria and Lebanon. The southern slopes of Mount Hermon extend to the Golan Heights and a peak in this area rising to 2,236 meters is the highest elevation in Israel. The Hermon range covers an area of about 1000 square km, of which about 70 km² are under Israeli control.”

Myra: Paul Visited the “Home City” of Santa Claus

“Myra is the ancient Lycian name of an important city located near the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Today the city is called ‘Demre,’ or more recently ‘Kale.’ The apostle Paul visited Myra in A.D. 60. … In the Byzantine Period Myra was the provincial capital of Lycia, and in the fourth century St. Nicholas was its bishop!”

Patara: A Lighthouse Viewed by Paul and Luke?

“At the end of Paul’s third journey, as he was heading for Jerusalem, he and Luke changed ships at Patara—a port located on the Mediterranean coast of present day Turkey … A mysterious structure is located on the northern edge of the beach and on the western edge of the now silted harbor of Patara. It is claimed that this is the ‘oldest preserved’ lighthouse in the world! … a Greek inscription “naming Marcus Sextius Priscus” indicates that the light house was built prior to A.D. 54. Thus, the lighthouse may have guided the ship that Paul and Luke were on into the harbor of Patara (ca. A.D. 57/59).”

links to the land


Ashdod: Picture of the Week: Ashdod

“This site was occupied by Israel’s most notorious neighbor, was a flourishing city 100 acres in size, and was once a resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Yet this site is hardly (if ever) visited by tourists in Israel today. … the Philistine city of Ashdod.”

Benjamin Plateau & Nebi Samwil: The Benjamin Plateau

“… the most important aspect of the land of Benjamin was location. Anybody traveling to or from Jerusalem from the west, north or east must go through this land, and in particular, they must pass through the Benjamin Plateau.”

Carchemish: Excitement at Carchemish

“Excavations are right on a military zone with 55 hectares in Turkey and 35 in Syria.”

Israel trip: 7 Ways Your Holy Land Tour Will Stay with You for Years

“A Holy Land tour exposes us to the context of the Bible in a way we never imagined. We gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the Word of God. And God uses Scripture to change us.”

James ossuary: * The James Box Has been Freed!; * Public Will Be Able to See Limestone Box That May Have Been Casket for Jesus’ Brother

* “… the James Ossuary, after a ten year battle, has finally been returned to Oded Golan, its rightful owner.”

* “The stone burial box bearing the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” has been hidden from public view at the Israel Antiquities Authority since 2003.”

Rome: Tour Ancient Rome

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Swine: Who’d Import Pigs to Israel? Ancient Europeans, Researchers Say

“… Israeli researchers involved in a lengthy project whose goal is to reconstruct ancient Israel have now established that the pigs here are of European stock, unlike their Middle Eastern counterparts elsewhere in the region, and that they probably arrived with the non-kosher Philistines about 3,000 years ago.”