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December 12 2017, 6AM

People of the biblical world understood the illustrations used by their leaders, but many today, especially young people, do not understand these illustration without explanation. Moses had led the people of God through the wilderness, but was soon to die... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 10, 6AM

Earlier this week I was browsing through some of my aerial photos of Jerusalem and came across this one that I thought would be informative to good Bible students. The photo is made while flying over the new (western) city of Jerusalem, some of which is s... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 6, 4PM

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.&#... [Bible study] [Travel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel] [Palestine]

December 4, 8AM

The Nabateans have been described as “one of the most gifted and vigorous peoples in the Near East of Jesus’ time” (Wright, Biblical Archaeology 229). They exacted high tolls from the caravans which passed their way. The greatest king of the Nabatea... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 30, 7PM

Archaeologists working with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Hebrew University have uncovered an Idumean palace or temple in the Lachish region of the Judean Shephelah. I understand the news release to place this discovery south of the Beit Guvrin/Mar... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 23, 6AM

1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gate... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 19, 6AM

Hurriyet Daily News recently reported here on plans to reconstruct the ancient stadium in ancient Laodicea. Laodicea is known to Bible students from the book of Revelation (1:11; 3:14-22), and from Paul’s epistle to the Colossians. For I bear him [Epaph... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Revelation] [Travel] [Turkey]

November 12, 6AM

Five hundred years ago a monk by the name of Martin Luther (1483-1546) is said to have posted 95 Theses, propositions for discussion or debate, on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. From that time the Reformation grew and experienced many divi... [Bible study] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Reformation Movement]

November 4, 7AM

A sub-headline in The Times of Israel here about tell the whole story. US Consulate funds $750,000 restoration of 2,000-year-old Solomon’s Pools near Bethlehem with hopes of making it a tourist site. These pools have nothing to do with Solomon, but ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Palestinian Authority]

October 16, 12 PM

“New Stone Courses Discovered in the Western Wall Tunnels Reaching the Depths of the Western Wall; Ancient Theater Discovered as Well.” That’s the way the Israel Antiquities Authority press release this morning begins. Teasers had cause... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [Travel]

October 4, 10AM

A headline in a recent The Times of Israel reads, “Thirsty Sea of Galilee sinking toward lowest level ever recorded.” The article by Melanie Lidman reports that… Northern Israel is experiencing one of the worst droughts in 100 years, leaving... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Sea of Galilee]

September 27, 8AM

In this post we wish to follow-up on the work of Dr. James Turner Barclay, medical missionary to Jerusalem in 1851-1854 and 1858-1861, which we have written about here (with other links). Perhaps Turner’s best known discovery was a gate in the Weste... [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Restoration Movement] [Travel] [Palestine]

September 21, 8AM

Our Jewish friends are currently celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. The ram’s horn is blown leading up to the celebration. The ram’s horn was important in the history of Israel. One of the words often used for the horn is shofar (or shoph... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Rosh Hashanah]

September 19, 8PM

A nice feature of Logos Bible Software is the occasional pre-publication offer. Last April I choose to place an order for Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity. I already had the first two volumes in the print edition and was co... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Logos Bible Software]

7AM

A little more than two years ago I wrote two posts about the discovery of Solomon’s Quarries (also called Zedekiah’s Cave) here and here. I will reproduce only a few comments from those articles in hope that you will check them and the many ph... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Restoration Movement] [Travel]

September 17, 5AM

The Twice Told Tale parallel study of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and more. The Twice-Told Tale. This hardback book of 284 (6½” x 9½”) pages is written by Abba Bendavid, with an introduction by Mordechai Cogan. ($64). Cogan says, It is well-k... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [book review] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Flora of the Bible]

September 14, 7AM

Camels are first mentioned in the Bible in the time of Abraham (Genesis 12:16), and they are prominently mentioned in other Old Testament stories such as the account of  Genesis 24. John the Baptist is noted for wearing a garment made of camel’s ha... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Palestine] [West Bank]

September 3, 5AM

Jesus observed the Passover of the Jews somewhere in the upper city of Jerusalem, the present Mount Zion. Scholarly consensus locates the house of Caiaphas at a site near the Cenacle on Mount Zion. Another site, further down the slope toward the Pool of S... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

August 29, 11AM

Carta Jerusalem, publisher of some wonderful resources about the Bible, Biblical History, and the Bible Land, recently sent me several new books. I will make brief mention of these books in hope that you will check the Carta online catalog to learn more. ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [book review] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography]

August 27, 5AM

Amos of Tekoa is recognized as a straight forward, no-nonsense, prophet (Amos 1:1). He called the women of the northern kingdom of Israel cows. Nothing politically correct about that. Listen to this message, you cows of Bashan who live on Mount Samaria! Y... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

August 21, 12 PM

I watched the solar eclipse on TV. Now you might enjoy going to the link I mention below. Carl Rasmussen has posted an interesting article on his HolyLandPhotos’Blog here about “A Solar Eclipse and Old Testament Chronology.” He says, But... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

August 17, 6AM

Ancient people built their villages and towns near water sources. If there was not a spring at the base of the hill where they settled they would need to dig a well, a shaft, or a tunnel to reach the water source. Many visitors to Israel have made their w... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Travel]

August 14, 6AM

If you received the Bible Places Newsletter today you already know about the Photo Companion to the Bible: The Gospels. For those who may not be subscribed to the Newsletter I wish to direct you to information about this new, highly significant resource. ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [book review] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [The Gospels]

August 13, 5AM

From Tel Megiddo one has a good view of the Jezreel Valley. Our panorama is composed of three photos made from the same spot at Megiddo. The Jezreel Valley lies before us to the north (and slightly east). Nazareth is located in the mountains of lower Gali... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Revelation] [Travel] [Turkey]

August 6, 6AM

Wild goats (Hebrew ya’el) are mentioned in a few Old Testament passages (1 Samuel 24:2; Job 39:1; Psalm 104:18; Prov. 5:19). This animal is often identified with the Ibex. The ibex, a type of wild goat, is still found in Southern Palestine, Sinai, Egypt... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 30, 5AM

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, many of the Jewish people recently will observe Tisha B’Av. This phrase, strange to Christians, means the Fast of the Ninth. The observance “is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Babylonian Exile] [King Solomon] [Ministry of Jesus]

July 26, 3PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced an important discovery in the Jerusalem Walls National Park today. Our photo below shows a portion of this park on the east slope of the city of David, overlooking the Kidron Valley. The view is north toward the ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem]

July 23, 5AM

We still see scenes in the Bible world today of shepherds, sheep, and sheepfolds. The scene pictured below was made in the Jordan Valley in late August, a time that is extremely dry in the area. Bedouin tent and sheepfold in the Jordan Valley. Photo by Fe... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [West Bank]

July 19, 4AM

The Times of Israel ran an article Tuesday stating that, The Roman Amphitheater and the hippodrome in the ancient Israeli coastal city of Caesarea have been sold off, in secret, to a mysterious overseas holding company by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 16, 5AM

Traveling in the Sinai Peninsula is an interesting experience. I recall flying into the Sinai twice, and traveling through the Peninsula by bus or car twice. Thoughts immediately turn to the Israelites traversing this wilderness, stopping at Mount Sinai t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 14, 5AM

The Hecht Museum is located in one of the major buildings of the University of Haifa. They have a wonderful teaching collection with some unique items. Many of the artifacts, however, are unprovenanced. This means they come from an unknown source. There i... [Archaeology] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [hecht museum]

July 13, 6AM

Early in my travels to the Middle East I learned about the migration of the stork. They spend the winters in south-east Africa and then follow the great rift or depression through Israel, some going east to Asia and others going west to Europe. In the fal... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Bird migration]

July 9, 5AM

The dome of the Holy Sepulcher (Sepulchre) is easily recognizable to all visitors of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the larger of two gray domes seen in the photo below. The smaller dome marks the traditional site of Calvary, the place where Jesus was c... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 2, 5AM

Note: This post replaces one from June 22 which was taken down when I learned that I had incorrectly equated two obscure places that should not have been. You will need to read this entire post to get the correct story. — Though the Bible does not speci... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Travel] [West Bank]

June 25, 11AM

After his presentation in the Temple, there is no record of Jesus returning to Jerusalem until he is 12 years of age. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 22, 6AM

Though the Bible does not specify a place, scholars and religious leaders like to point out possible places where significant events transpired. Such as been true of the place where Philip baptized the government official from Ethiopia (Acts 8:26-39). Ain... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Palestine] [West Bank]

June 18, 5AM

One of the “Must see” places I had on my list during the last visit to Israel was a site called Philip’s Fountain or Philip’s Spring. Miriam Feinberg Vamosh describes the location. The spring is located about one mile southwest of ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 15, 8AM

All four of the Gospels make some reference to the imprisonment of John the Baptist (Matthew 14:3,10; Mark 6:17; Luke 3:20; John 3:24). This must have been a significant and traumatic event for both the disciples of John and the disciples of Jesus. Mark, ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 11, 5AM

The prophet Jeremiah is told to, “Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.” (Jeremiah 13:4 ESV) Various English translations use waistband, sh... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Prophet Jeremiah]

June 6, 11AM

There has been one inquiry about the specific location of the Hadrian statue and the Byzantine street. I am rather certain that in the months/years to come there will be other who will want to know how to location these things. One interesting website (he... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography] [Roman Emperor]

June 5, 8PM

We have written several posts about the Roman Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117 – 138). The most recent one was about the unique Hadrian exhibit at the Israel Museum here. Others can easily be found by putting the Emperor’s name in the Search box. Years ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

May 30, 3PM

In two previous posts I wrote about visiting the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque. You must know that I learn more from this blog than anyone. That is one of the reason I enjoy preparing it. In the last post I stated that “There is good reaso... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Al Aqsa Mosque]

May 28, 5AM

The entire Temple Precinct is called the Haram es-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) by Moslems. They claim that the site has been identified with Islam since the religion’s beginning. The Al-Aksa (also El-Aqsa or el-Aksa) mosque is especially important becau... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [New Testament Times] [Photography] [Travel] [Moslem religion]

May 21, 5AM

We begin today’s journey with an aerial view of the Temple Mount, the site believed to be the Mount Moriah of the Bible, the location of the Temple of Solomon and the location of the Temple built by Herod the Great. The area underwent a number of ch... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dome of the Rock]

May 15, 6PM

Less than 3 months ago we reported here on the discovery of a second century Roman road uncovered in the vicinity of Beit Shemesh and the Elah Valley. Recently we came down to the area from Hwy. 60 south of Bethlehem on Hwy. 375. The information in the IA... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Travel] [roman empire]

April 16, 5AM

Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret; Sea of Tiberias) evokes many memories of the ministry of Jesus and His disciples. No matter how many photos one takes, each one is unique. I usually make these sunrise photos with two cameras, using multiple s... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

April 9, 5AM

Many who have visited the Roman Forum have seen the Arch of Titus at the southeast of the Forum. Mark Cartwright describes the Arch in the Ancient History Encycl0pedia here. There are many links within this quotation for those interested in following them... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Italy]

April 2, 5AM

Our photo today was made on Mount Nebo in Jordan. The view is west across the northern end of the Dead Sea, the wilderness of Judea, and the central mountain ridge (or water-parting route). View of the Dead Sea, the wilderness of Judea, and the central mo... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

March 30, 7PM

This planter of beautiful flowers is one of several that adorn the entry to the Saint Sofia (Orhan) Mosque in Iznik, Turkey. Iznik is the site of Nicea (Nicaea), the location of the famous Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, and the Second Council of Nicea in A... [Church History] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [council of nicea]

March 27, 7PM

Many of our readers have likely seen some of the new videos produced by Appian Media. Following a fundraising campaign a small group, including two professional producers and a cinematographer, visited Israel to film places associated with the ministry of... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Appian Media] [Ministry of Jesus]

March 24, 3PM

The Dead Sea has received much attention in the past few years due to the fact that it is the lowest body of water on earth, and that body of water is drying up. Melanie Lidman, writer for The Times of Israel, prepared a series of three articles about the... [Travel] [old testament] [Photography] [Jordan] [Bible Places] [israel] [Bible Lands]

March 17, 6AM

We have enjoyed several tours to Ireland. Some were in combination with the British Isles and others were limited to Ireland. The key words were lush, green, and beautiful. Ferrell Jenkins Tour Group along the Ring of Kerry in 2010. Most, if not all, tour... [Culture] [family] [Photography] [Travel] [Ireland]

March 14, 8PM

During a visit to the Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa (Israel) last year I was impressed by the reconstructed ruins of a ship that sailed the Mediterranean during the Persian period about 400 B.C. Information with the display reads, In the autumn ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [greece] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [hecht museum] [Maritime archaeology]

March 12, 5AM

A reader who read our report on the dolmen field in the Golan Heights ask on Facebook if these structures could be the high places or altars mentioned in the Old Testament. The simple answer is “No.” They are thought to be tombs. This photo of... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Travel] [Burial Customs]

March 7, 9PM

Tuesday brought another press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority. The headline of the release calls this “a 2,000 Year Old Road,” but the text states that its’ construction is dated to the time of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 1... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [roman empire] [Roman roads]

March 5, 7PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority, in conjunction with Tel Hai College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, released the following Press Release March 5, 2017. The 4,000 year old dolmen.View facing north toward snow-covered Mount Hermon. Photographic credit... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Burial Customs]

February 22, 9PM

Many known ossuaries are undecorated. This means that after a while most people may not remember whose bones are contained therein. But there are some notable exceptions. Caiaphas was the son-in-law of Annas. He was appointed high priest by Valerius Gratu... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

February 19, 6AM

Thousands of Jewish graves are visible on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. Some of the grave markers are visible in this photo made from the Mount of Olives to the west. The Old City of Jerusalem is visible in the top half of the photo. I donR... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [ossuaries]

February 12, 6AM

From about 30 B.C. to A.D. 70 (some scholars extend these dates to as late as A.D. 135), ossuaries were used by the Jews in secondary burials. Numerous of these stone receptacles have been discovered. Most of the dead were first buried in caves or rock-cu... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Travel] [ossuaries]

February 8, 12 PM

Early this morning, February 8, 2017, I received a press release from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. — “ — Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Oren Gutfeld: “This is one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries, and the most important ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

February 5, 6AM

The Romans had occupied the land they later called Palestine for nearly a century when Jesus began His ministry. This means that there was no one alive at that time who remembered when the Romans were not in control. The writings of Josephus cover this pe... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Index] [Ministry of Jesus] [Roman culture] [Roman Emperor]

January 29, 6AM

We always wanted to travel through the hill country of Samaria (Manasseh and Ephraim) on our tours, but there were many years that this was not possible due to the political situation. When travel was possible we drove (from the north) through Jenin, the ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Palestine] [Palestinian Authority]

January 26, 6AM

Yesterday I received a review copy of Jerusalem • Biblical Archaeology from Carta. This is a wonderful resource for anyone traveling to Jerusalem, or anyone interested in the archaeology of the Holy City. The map of the Biblical Archaeological Sites of ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [Travel] [Bible maps]

January 25, 4PM

Carta Jerusalem is sending me a review copy of this book when it is published next month. It is somewhat technical, but there are readers of our blog who have an interest in the subject. The World’s Oldest Alphabet Hebrew as the Language of the Prot... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [book review] [Books] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Travel] [Language]

January 20, 7AM

This is a re-post from USA Inauguration Day in 2009. Shortly before sunset, January 20, 2009, I made a few photos of the Nile River looking toward the west bank of the river. I thought I would share this one with you. Sunset on the Nile, January 20, 2009.... [Bible study] [blog] [Culture] [Egypt] [Photography] [Travel]

January 17, 9PM

Shepherds in every part of the world have problems they must contend with as they care for their sheep. The Bible uses the analogy of the sheep and the wolves in several places. Jesus warned about the “hired hand” who would abandon the sheep. ... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [Hittites] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

January 15, 6AM

The Horns of Hattin is the name given to a saddle-shaped (or horn-shaped) extinct volcano located about five miles west of the Sea of Galilee. Several older writers, including Jesse L. Hurlbut, referred to this formation as the traditional Mount of the Be... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Battle of Hattin] [Crusaders] [Ministry of Jesus]

January 13, 7AM

Last April I had the opportunity to visit the Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa. The archaeological artifact I wish to share today is an inscription from Jerusalem describing a donation by a “Paris son of Akeson of Rhodes” for Herod̵... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

January 8, 6AM

See our previous articles on Aleppo here, here, here, and here. The Ebla tablets were discovered by an Italian team of excavators at Tell Mardikh in Syria (about 30 miles S of Aleppo) in 1975. More than 17,000 cuneiform tablets were discovered, dating to ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [greece] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aleppo National Museum] [Museum] [Syria]

January 7, 9AM

See our previous articles on Aleppo here, here, and here. We have one more nice Neo-Hittite piece displayed in the courtyard of the Aleppo National Museum. It shows genii with the symbols of the sun and the moon. These symbols are typical on Neo-Hittite a... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aleppo National Museum] [Assyria] [Museum] [Pergamum Museum] [Syria]

January 4, 8PM

See our previous post on Aleppo here. Our #1 on the Aleppo National Museum is here. In the first post on Aleppo I posted a photo of the Hittite Storm god Teshub standing on the back of a bull. I should have mentioned at the time that a large temple of th... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Aleppo National Museum] [Assyrian Empire] [Museum] [Syria]

January 1, 6AM

See our previous post on Aleppo here. In this post we will continue to look at some of the interesting artifacts displayed in the Aleppo National Museum at the time of our visit in 2002. The Amorites. The Amorites are described as “the inhabitants o... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aleppo National Museum] [Museum] [Syria]

December 22 2016, 8PM

Today’s post is a News Release issued by the Israel Antiquities Authority “ In the archaeological excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Givʽati Parking Lot at the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park. “Hyrcanus... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Between the Testaments] [Hasmonean Period]

December 18, 7AM

Aleppo (pronounced ə-leʹpō in the revised ISBE). A single word. What does it mean to you? An ancient city of Syria. The largest city of Syria prior to the recent war. A place of warfare. A place of untold suffering and killing. A humanitarian crisis. ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aleppo] [Syria]

December 11, 7AM

Bethlehem and the Birth of Jesus.  Our total number of posts has now grown to more than 1800 and this makes it difficult to locate a post you may need. This index is prepared to assist you in your study of the birth of Jesus in ancient Bethlehem. Most, i... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Herodion] [Index] [Ministry of Jesus]

December 6, 5AM

The RACE show at Jerash, Jordan, is a must if you have the opportunity to visit the area. RACE stands for Roman Army and Chariot Experience. You will see actors in authentic dress as armed legionaries, gladiators, and a short chariot race. The show takes ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [roman empire]

November 30, 8AM

Phillippe Bohstrom has written a fascinating and informative article about the discovery of a Roman inscription mentioning the province of Judea and a previously unknown Roman governor. This Marcus Paccius ruled Judea before the Bar Kochba Revolt (about A... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 23, 7AM

Philippe Bohstrom has a fascinating article this morning in HaAretz about the discovery of a harbor on the Red Sea and an archive of papyri dating to the time of Pharaoh Cheops (about 2500 B.C.). The oldest known harbor in the world has been discovered by... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 20, 6AM

The King’s Highway is mentioned by name in Numbers 20:17 and 22. As the Israelites made their slow trek toward the promised land (Genesis 12:7; 15:7) they asked permission to go through the land of Edom.  17 Please let us pass through your land. We... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 17, 8AM

Read The Citadel of Jerusalem here. Read Views from the Citadel of Jerusalem here. After our visit to see Jerusalem from the roof of the Citadel we made our way through the recently cleared dry moat to the steps and pool from the time of Herod the Great.... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

November 8, 1PM

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel spoke last evening to an appreciative audience of about 200 students, faculty, and visitors at Florida College, Temple Terrace, Florida. Garfinkel is Yigael Yadin Chair in Archaeology of Israel at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ... [Bible study] [Travel] [Archaeology] [old testament] [Biblical Studies] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel]

November 6, 6AM

Read our first post about the Citadel of Jerusalem here. Our main reason for visiting the Citadel on the most recent trip was to visit the newly opened Kishle (Prison). As a part of the tour we took at the Citadel we went to the top of the Tower of David ... [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 31, 7AM

October 31 is known as Reformation Day because it was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther posted Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The Ninety-Five Theses were issues that Luther thought should be debated by the... [Church History] [Photography] [Restoration Movement] [Travel] [Reformation]

October 27, 3PM

The Citadel at Jaffa (Joppa) Gate in the west wall of the Old City of Jerusalem provides one of the most distinctive and memorable views of the city. This view of the Citadel was made from the west, looking across the north-south stretch of the Hinnom Val... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 26, 12 PM

We have been awaiting the unveiling of this document for several days. A leaked account made it to the papers a couple of days ago, but I decided to wait until we had official word from the Israel Antiquities Authority. Today we have this information. —... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 20, 4PM

There is abundant evidence of the presence of the Romans in Jerusalem and the land they would later call Palestine. Now comes specific evidence of the place where Titus’ army breached the Third Wall of the city. The excavation site in the Russian Co... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Roman Army]

October 13, 8PM

Balmoral is the Scottish home to the British Royal Family. At certain times of the year the rugged terrain of the region is ablaze with the famous “heather on the hill” that we learned about in Brigadoon. Our photo below was made near Balmoral... [Photography] [Scotland] [Travel] [Flora]

October 10, 3PM

A reader sent an Email complimenting the blog and asking for help in answering a question. “When lot and Abraham parted, lot went down to the dead Sea, while Abraham went up to Hebron. Do you know why he went to Hebron? It seems like such a key ques... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 3, 8PM

Frequently over the years I have had tour members ask me, “What is that building?” as they pointed to the building with golden onion tops. The simple answer is that this is the Russian Garden of Gethsemane. More specifically, the building is k... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

September 29, 8PM

In looking through some photos from 2011, I noticed that the photos I made one morning were different from most sunrise photos I have taken. I thought some readers might enjoy seeing this. Click on the image for a larger photo. Sunrise on the Sea of Galil... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

September 20, 8PM

The Agade list reports the passing Monday night of Dr. Erle Verdun Leichty (1933-2016), Emeritus Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Assyriology) at the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement says, In 2006, a number of colleagues and stud... [Archaeology] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [Photography] [Travel] [Museums]

September 19, 8PM

In the vicinity of Iznik In an earlier article we posted photos of Lake Ascania (Iznik Gölü) at the place where the first Ecumenical Council met. Nearby there is a beautiful view of a small lighthouse with the mountains of Bithynia in the distance. Lig... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

September 17, 8PM

The modern city of Iznik The museum of Iznik is noted for its collection of Blue Tiles for which the city is famous. In 2014 I found many of the museums in Turkey, or certain exhibits, closed for remodeling. Even with a polite request we were not allowed ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter]

September 13, 8PM

Nicea, now identified with Iznik, Turkey, was in the Roman province of Bythinia in Asia. A Roman lawyer named Pliny served as governor of Bithynia and Pontus (A.D. 111-113) and exchanged a series of letters with the Roman Emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117). The... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

September 10, 8PM

The Walls and Gates of Iznik/Nicea Our first photo shows the Istanbul Gate from inside the city wall. The gates of the city are named much the same way many streets or highways are named in USA cities, to designate the next significant city in that direct... [Bible study] [Church History] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Roman Emperors]

September 8, 8PM

The Seventh Ecumenical Council The first ecumenical council in the fourth century did not achieve unity among Christians. Oxford theologian Allister McGrath comments about doctrines concerning Jesus in Studies in Doctrine (23). “Theology is often regard... [Church History] [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

September 6, 8PM

The First Ecumenical Council If the New Testament is the complete and final revelation of God’s will to man, as it claims (2 Timothy 3:16-17), then no council of men, of whatever rank, has the right to change the apostolic order. But as the churches... [Bible study] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

September 5, 8PM

Read Part I here. The Testimony of History Regarding Church Government Churches and religious doctrines were not always what they are today. In fact, in New Testament times (during the first century A.D.) there were no major branches of Christendom, no de... [Bible study] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [roman empire]

September 3, 8PM

This is the first in a series of posts about Nicea, the site of the first and seventh ecumenical councils. My travels in Turkey – A brief survey A couple of years ago I wrote a little piece here about why a Bible student should want to visit Turkey. In ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [greece] [Hittites] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

August 31, 8PM

The wild flowers covered the acropolis of ancient Pergamum like a carpet the day we were there in 2008. Pergamum is mentioned only in Revelation 1:11 and 2:12. Wild flowers growing at ancient Pergamum. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Jesus said,  28 And why ar... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Plants of the Bible]

August 29, 8AM

From time to time I hope to share with you some photos without much narrative. The photo today is scanned from a slide I made early one morning when I left my group at Antalya (biblical Attalia, Acts 14:25) and drove east along the Pamphylian and Lycian c... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul]

August 27, 8PM

Saturday afternoon I was reading an article about the Turkish military moving across the Euphrates River at Karkamiş (Carchemish) into the Syrian town of Jarabulus. In modern times it is not possible to follow a line of travel that one might wish—for e... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

August 23, 8PM

Perhaps many of our readers already follow Todd Bolen’s BiblePlaces Blog and receive his BiblePlaces Newsletter. But there may be a few who do not receive the Newsletter. The most recent BiblePlaces Newsletter was distributed Tuesday. It includes so... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [Photography] [Travel]

August 6, 7PM

When the Pharisees and Sadducees came to John the Baptist for baptism, John said, But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

August 3, 8PM

Without deciding the issue of the location of the Ur of the Chaldeans of Genesis 11:28 and 31 (also Genesis 15:7 and Nehemiah 9:7), we understand from the Old Testament that Abraham lived for a time at Haran about 25 miles south of Şanliurfa in southeast... [Bible study] [Egypt] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

July 30, 8PM

It might be best to begin by saying that Şanlıurfa (Glorious Urfa), often shortened to Urfa, is located in southeastern Turkey about 25 miles north of Haran, the home of Abraham before he went to the land of Canaan (Genesis 11:31). Some writers associat... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

July 25, 6AM

Hebrew University announces this morning the discovery of a statue of an Egyptian official at Tel Hazor. — “ — Jerusalem, July 25, 2016 — In a historic find, a large fragment of an Egyptian statue measuring 45 X 40 centimeters [about 18 x 16 inche... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 24, 5AM

holylandphotos, aka Prof. Carl Rasmussen, left a helpful comment on our recent post, “A crown of thorns and a reed.” Great article! Some of your readers might be interested in the “crown of thorns” that I have posted on my web site. He lef... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [israel] [Photography] [Travel]

July 20, 8PM

Sunday I was reading this text from Matthew prior to the Communion/Lord’s Supper. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling be... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 17, 8PM

Recently we called attention to significant biblical events that took place at Joppa. One of these was the account of Jonah taking a ship for Tarshish from Joppa to avoid going to Nineveh (Jonah 1:3). The folks at Joppa (Jaffa; Yafo) have not forgotten wh... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 16, 8PM

Tell es-Safi/Gath. Prof. Aren Maeir continues to report almost daily about progress in the excavation at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Staff and volunteers are working in at least five areas and Maeir continues to give a brief summary of finds of the dig with multip... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Turkey]

July 11, 8PM

The first reference to Kiriath-jearim is in Joshua 9:17 where it is listed as one of the cities of the Hivites along with Gibeon, Chephirah, and Beeroth. These cities were located on the western side of the Judean hill country. The name, Kiriath-jearim, m... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 10, 5AM

Friends Trent and Rebekah Dutton alerted me last evening that there would be a significant press release today about the excavation of a Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon over the past three years. All of this information has been kept secret until today wi... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 9, 8PM

In this photo we catch a sunset on the Nile River a short distance from Luxor. Sunset on the Nile River. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. [Bible Places] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 8, 7AM

In the last post we mentioned the long-needed repair of the shrine (edicule) in the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of the tomb in which Jesus was placed after the crucifixion. One of my traveling friends, Steven Braman, just returned from the excava... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 5, 7PM

The dome of the Holy Sepulcher (Sepulchre) is easily recognizable to all visitors of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the larger of two gray domes seen in the photo below. The smaller dome marks the traditional site of Calvary, the place where Jesus was c... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 30, 8PM

The harbor at Joppa/Jaffa/Yafo was once a much more significant harbor, but never an adequate one. Only a small leisure harbor remains today. Our late afternoon photo shows the lighthouse rising above some of the buildings of the city. The leisure harbor ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Egypt] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 25, 8PM

The photo below is one I made from Mount Arbel shortly after sundown on a December day a few years ago. Haze often covers the Sea of Galilee, but my experience is that it tends to clear in the late afternoon. View from Mount Arbel showing the northern end... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

June 24, 8PM

The Explorations in Antiquity Center, in LaGrange, Georgia, now in its tenth year, has changed the name to Biblical History Center. The new website with detailed information is available here. New Logo for the Biblical History Center, LaGrange, Georgia. T... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 21, 7AM

Today’s The New York Times has an article in the Science section about “The Grackle’s Secret to Success” here, including a short video of the experiments. It seems that many parts of earth have their own variety of Grackle. And som... [Bible Lands] [Books] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Travel] [birds]

June 16, 8PM

Tel Rehov is located about three miles south of Beth-Shean (Beth-Shan) on the east side of Highway 90. Rehov is not mentioned in the Old Testament, but it is known from Pharaoh Shishak’s city list on the wall of the temple of Amun in the Karnak Temp... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

June 15, 8PM

The promise made to the descendants of Abraham that they would receive “A land flowing with milk and honey” was made to them while they were in bondage in Egypt (Exodus 3:8; 13:5) and during the forty years of wilderness wandering (Leviticus 2... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt]

June 14, 8PM

The earliest description of Canaan comes from an Egyptian literary text. In The Story of Sinuhe (see-NUU-hay) written in the 20th century B.C., a traveler tells of his pleasant stay in northern Canaan (possibly the Beka Valley of Lebanon). He describes th... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Museums]

June 12, 9AM

We have often heard the adaptation of Herodotus’ statement that Egypt is the gift of the Nile. The flooding of the Nile in ancient times was the key to the prosperity of the Nile Valley. All along the Nile there are still examples of the Nile-o-meters t... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 7, 8PM

An excavation at Modi‘in under the direction of the Israel Antiquities Authority has uncovered a hoard of silver coins dating to the Hasmonean period (126 B.C.). The coins were found within an agricultural estate already uncovered at the site of a new n... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 3, 11AM

The Internet has provided information from all types of sources to satisfy the needs of almost every type of interest. Some of us might dismiss most of it as useless and time-wasting. On the other hand, we find it helpful in many ways. A person with a bas... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

May 31, 6AM

To illustrate His lessons, Jesus used illustrations about the grass and flowers of the field, and sparrows to teach God’s care for us. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But e... [Bible study] [Travel] [New Testament] [Culture] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel] [numismatics]

May 25, 7AM

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves along the western shore of the Dead Sea in 1947. In the years that followed, documents from the time of Bar Kochba’s revolt (A.D. 135) were discovered. At least some of the biblical texts and those from ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

May 21, 7PM

“Location, location, location” is a phrase commonly used by realtors to describe the ideal plot or house for the prospective buyer. For some it means being near shopping. For others it means being near work. And for others it may mean being near recre... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

May 16, 6PM

Divers Ran Feinstein (R) and Ofer Ra’anan after discovery. Credit: The Old Caesarea Diving Center. The Israeli papers are ablaze today with photos of a discovery made by two divers in the ancient port of Caesarea in the Caesarea National Park. The o... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

May 10, 10AM

“Solomon’s Pools” are a significant historical treasure worthy of full protection by those entrusted with their upkeep. According to a report in Ynet, visitors to Solomon’s Pools report collapse of one of the walls here. You need t... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Palestinian Authority]

May 7, 7PM

Jesus left the shores of the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum to return to Nazareth to teach the people there.  And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they we... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [jewish synagogues] [Ministry of Jesus]

May 1, 8PM

The events of Joshua 9 and 10 are likely well-known to all readers of this page. After the Israelites entered Canaan and captured Jericho and Ai, the inhabitants of Gibeon acted craftily to deceive the Israelites into making an alliance with them. Even th... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography]

9AM

Birket Ram is located north of Mas’ada in the Golan Heights (now Northeastern Israel; formerly Syria). Using two 18mm images I was able to make this panorama. Click on the photo for a larger image. Panorama (view south) of Birket Ram. Photo by Ferre... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Golan Heights] [Syria]

April 29, 6AM

Perhaps the most memorable event of Timnah recorded in the Bible is that of the affair between Samson and a Philistine woman. Samson went down to Timnah, where a Philistine girl caught his eye. (Judges 14:1 NET) Delilah, the most famous of Samson’s ... [Bible study] [Travel] [Archaeology] [old testament] [Culture] [book review] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel]

April 12, 11AM

When my traveling friend Leon and I left Jerusalem last Saturday the temperature reached a high of about 82 degrees. On the way to Tiberias we began to notice that the sky was hazy; it was filled with sand coming up from the south. This wind is known as t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

April 10, 11AM

The Jordan River is shy, rarely revealing very much of itself. As we travel in the Jordan Valley from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea we only see the river on a few occasions. Even then we only see short distances. The photo below is one I made yesterd... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

April 7, 12 PM

Sometime earlier today while our group was driving through the Shephelah (low land, or hill country) of Israel the stats for this blogged rolled over past two million (2,000,000). When I first started the blog, just to inform folks back home that those tr... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [Photography] [Travel]

April 3, 11AM

Our journey is Israel is now beginning the second half. We enjoyed a beautiful day in Jerusalem visiting sites related to the Bible. This is an especially significant tour for me. It is my 50th Anniversary tour. The first one  that included Israel was in... [Bible study] [Travel] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel] [Bible Lands]

March 25, 7AM

The Romans were adept at crucifixion, according to many historical sources. The first archaeological evidence of crucifixion was uncovered in 1968 when, during a controlled archaeological dig under the direction of the late Vasillios Tzaferis, an ossuary ... [Bible study] [Travel] [Archaeology] [New Testament] [Culture] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel]

March 19, 8PM

If we consider the Gospel of John a sort of “Day Planner” for Jesus, we have nearly complete activity recorded for two weeks of the earthly ministry of Jesus. The first is in John 1:19—2:11 where activity for six of the seven days is recorded. I thi... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography]

March 12, 8PM

Portions of roads from the Roman period are found throughout Israel, and we have posted about several of them. One interesting Roman road is the stepped road leading from the Valley of Elah up to Bethlehem. This photo was made 4.2 km west of Mata on Highw... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [David]

March 2, 9PM

Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, has a fabulous article about the Dead Sea which they call “Israel’s endangered natural wonder.” This report consists of an article, photographs, aerial footage, and an animated map showing how the Dead Sea ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

February 21, 9PM

Both here and on social media a large number of readers showed an interest in our recent post about the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia here. I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures in the vicinity of Pigeon Valley. Three well-fed pigeons are standing... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Peter]

February 17, 9PM

The first time the word Jerusalem appears in the Bible is in Joshua 10:1, about 1400 B.C., but we understand that the reference to Salem in Genesis 14:18 is an early reference to Jerusalem. Abraham paid tithes to the priest-king Melchizedek. New archaeolo... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography]

February 16, 9PM

The New Testament mentions Cappadocia only twice. Devout Jews from Cappadocia were present in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Acts 2:9). Peter’s letters were addressed to Christians living in Cappadocia (1 Pet. 1:1). In the centuries after New Testament t... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Cappadocia]

February 13, 9PM

Vineyards are mentioned in more than 100 verses of the Bible. When traveling in the Bible lands one still sees many vineyards and the various work activities related to them. The photo below was made south of Bethlehem. It shows a man digging in the rocky... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

February 12, 9PM

At Caesarea Maritima, visitors may see the high-level aqueduct at the point where it comes to an end likely due to erosion from the waves of the sea. According to Murphy-O’Connor the eastern channel (on the right) was “built by a Roman Procurator abou... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

January 26, 9PM

From the time I was a child I recall the song “Bringing in the Sheaves” by Knowles Shaw. I see it was written in 1874, already an old song when I first sang it. I really miss the old songs. Some song leaders seem to forget that it is the repet... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [American Colony in Jerusalem] [Jerusalem] [singing] [Songs]

January 14, 9PM

Recently I was browsing through photos made in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (Salonica, Thessalonica), Greece, in 2008. I was impressed with the images of various gods and goddesses that were known in the city in the first century A.D. There w... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Museums] [roman empire]

January 10, 9PM

The Roman Emperor Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus) ruled the Empire from A.D. 117 to 138. Numerous statues of him are displayed in museums spread across the region. Most of them are made of stone, but there are three unique bronze statues of the Emperor... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Egypt] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Scotland] [Travel] [Israel Museum] [Roman Emperor Hadrian]

January 6, 9PM

Announcement was made this week of the discovery of a Canaanite citadel in the middle of the Israeli northern coastal town of Nahariya. The Israel Antiquities Authority and the University of Haifa announced an agreement that would allow construction on a ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [greece] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 27, 9PM

The IAA announced last Thursday the discovery of the statue of a ram at Caesarea Maritima. The announcement says, The statue … might have been part of the decoration of a Byzantine church from the sixth–seventh centuries CE at Caesarea. By the sam... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

December 24, 12 PM

You have read on this blog and other places about the Saint Nicholas of Myra, a town on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Recently I learned of the video featuring Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Adam English now available free for those who have access... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul]

December 18, 9PM

Bethlehem and the Birth of Jesus.  Our total number of posts has now grown to more than 1800 and this makes it difficult to locate a post you may need. This index is prepared to assist you in your study of the birth of Jesus in ancient Bethlehem. Most, i... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Index]

December 17, 9PM

David E. Graves sent me two of his recent books. The first to mention is Biblical Archaeology: An Introduction with Recent Discoveries that Support the Reliability of the Bible. I like the subtitle: An Introduction with Recent Discoveries that Support th... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [Book of Acts] [book review] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 16, 9PM

Recently I received two packages of books from Shay Hausman, president & CEO of Carta Jerusalem. Each package included two books I needed or wanted. Far back I have called attention to some of the excellent Carta publications. I will make a list to th... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 14, 9PM

When you read good books and when you give good books to others, especially those who teach the Bible, you are doing a favor for several persons at one time. During the past six months I have received several good books sent to me by authors or publishers... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [family] [israel] [old testament] [Travel]

December 10, 7AM

The Gospel of John records more visits to Jerusalem by Jesus than any other of the Gospels. John is the only one to record the visit during the Feast of Dedication. At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,  and Jesus w... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Hanukkah] [Ministry of Jesus]

December 2, 7AM

First seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation Bulla (seal impression) of King Hezekiah, king of Judah, discovered at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount. (Courtesy of Dr. ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament]

November 27, 9PM

Earlier this week the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Police arrested a man living near Beit Shean (Bethshan) with some pottery and more than 3000 coins that he was illegally trying to sell. One report says the coins dated from the Roman period, the ... [Bible Places] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Antique coins] [Roman coins]

November 21, 8PM

Over the past years I have posted several sunrise photos made from the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, but only a few sunsets from the eastern shore. I want to share this beautiful sunset view from En Gev. Sunset from En Gev on the eastern shore of t... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 16, 9PM

In the Old Testament Lod is listed as a town of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:12), but it seems significant only after the return of the Jews from Babylonian exile (Nehemiah 11:25; Ezra 2:33). In the New Testament the town is known as Lydda and th... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 14, 9PM

Media commentators have spoken of the long relationship between France and the United States of America. We may disagree vigorously with various French policies, but in times like this we join in deep concern for the attack on freedom and human life that ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Syria]

November 1, 9PM

A recent evening news report on the Syrian refugees trying to reach some semblance of safety in Europe shows the dangers they face trying to get from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos. Some of the heavily loaded rafts and small boats have overturned in... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul] [Syrian refugees]

October 28, 8PM

Jesus used illustrations His hearers understood from their daily activities. In announcing woes on the religious leaders of His time, he spoke of spices that were used in cooking. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You g... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Flora of the Bible] [Plants of the Bible]

October 25, 8PM

Recently we had a request from a person publishing a Bible class book for a photo of a sheepfold. We did not have exactly what the person requested but we did satisfy their need. At the time I commented that I had seen sheepfolds of all sorts in various p... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]
Recently we had a request from a person publishing a Bible class book for a photo of a sheepfold. We did not have exactly what the person requested but we did satisfy their need. At the time I commented that I had seen sheepfolds of all sorts in various p... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

October 22, 8PM

Bethphage is mentioned in the New Testament in only one incident from the ministry of Jesus (Matthew 21:1, Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29). And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Animals of the Bible] [Ministy of Jesus]

October 20, 8PM

Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret; Sea of Tiberias) evokes many memories of the ministry of Jesus and His disciples. No matter how many photos one takes, each one is unique. I usually make these sunrise photos with two cameras, using multiple s... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]
Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret; Sea of Tiberias) evokes many memories of the ministry of Jesus and His disciples. No matter how many photos one takes, each one is unique. I usually make these sunrise photos with two cameras, using multiple s... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

October 15, 8PM

Bible students enjoy visiting the Jordan River for several reasons. The ancient Israelites crossed the Jordan to enter the land that had been promised to the seed of Abraham (Joshua 3). Elijah and Elisha crossed the river (2 Kings 2). John baptized in th... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]
Bible students enjoy visiting the Jordan River for several reasons. The ancient Israelites crossed the Jordan to enter the land that had been promised to the seed of Abraham (Joshua 3). Elijah and Elisha crossed the river (2 Kings 2). John baptized in th... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 14, 8PM

Tel Shimron is located in the ancient territory of the Israelite tribe of Zebulun. There are only two references to the site in the Bible, both in the book of Joshua. When Jabin, king of Hazor, heard of the successes of Joshua in the south of Canaan he s... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]
Tel Shimron is located in the ancient territory of the Israelite tribe of Zebulun. There are only two references to the site in the Bible, both in the book of Joshua. When Jabin, king of Hazor, heard of the successes of Joshua in the south of Canaan he s... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 11, 8PM

Joseph had a dream in which he was elevated above his brothers. It involved something common in an agrarian society — binding sheaves in the field. Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, &#... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [agriculture] [David] [West Bank]
Joseph had a dream in which he was elevated above his brothers. It involved something common in an agrarian society — binding sheaves in the field. Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, &#... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [agriculture] [David] [West Bank]

October 6, 3PM

Pontus and Peter’s Epistles. [Amasus, Amisos, Samsun, Black Sea coast] Persecution of Christians in Pontus. [Pliny, Sinope, Sinop, Pontus, Bithynia, Pontus] Black Sea coastal town of Sinop. Sinop is the northernmost city of Asia Minor (now Turkey). ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Peter]
Pontus and Peter’s Epistles. [Amasus, Amisos, Samsun, Black Sea coast] Persecution of Christians in Pontus. [Pliny, Sinope, Sinop, Pontus, Bithynia, Pontus] Black Sea coastal town of Sinop. Sinop is the northernmost city of Asia Minor (now Turkey). ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Peter]

October 4, 8PM

In May, 1984 I directed at tour to Israel, Egypt, and Rome. With the group ready to return from Rome to the USA, I went to Athens to meet two of my Florida College colleagues, Melvin Curry and Phil Roberts. The next day we took a flight to Samos, Greece a... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [greece] [New Testament] [New Testament Times] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Florida College]
In May, 1984 I directed at tour to Israel, Egypt, and Rome. With the group ready to return from Rome to the USA, I went to Athens to meet two of my Florida College colleagues, Melvin Curry and Phil Roberts. The next day we took a flight to Samos, Greece a... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [greece] [New Testament] [New Testament Times] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Florida College]

September 28, 8PM

This post is not intended as a summary of information about camels in the Bible. It is just calling attention to the terrain and kind of signs one sees in Israel’s Negev (Negeb). The NKJV uses the directional term South. Abraham and Isaac lived in t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Camels]
This post is not intended as a summary of information about camels in the Bible. It is just calling attention to the terrain and kind of signs one sees in Israel’s Negev (Negeb). The NKJV uses the directional term South. Abraham and Isaac lived in t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Camels]

September 26, 7PM

While David was at Mahanaim, his son Absalom and those of Israel who were aligned with him camped in the land of Gilead (2 Samuel 17:26-27). David remained at the gate of the city while his men went out to fight the rebels. The Biblical account says, So t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Travel] [David] [Flora of the Bible]
While David was at Mahanaim, his son Absalom and those of Israel who were aligned with him camped in the land of Gilead (2 Samuel 17:26-27). David remained at the gate of the city while his men went out to fight the rebels. The Biblical account says, So t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Travel] [David] [Flora of the Bible]

September 22, 5PM

Much attention has been given to speculation about the location of the graves of the Maccabees. The search is important to Jews because it is an important part of their history, leading to the overthrow of the Seleucid oppressors, and the cleansing of the... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [maccabees]

September 21, 4PM

Adullam is significant in several biblical accounts. Here are a few. Judah stayed with an Adullamite man named Hirah. He married the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. At that time Judah left his brothers and stayed with an Adullamite man named Hirah... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [cave of Adullam] [David] [David and Goliath]

September 17, 6AM

Memphis is said to have been founded as early as 3000 B.C. At times it was among the greatest cities of the world. The prophet Ezekiel foretold the fall of Memphis and of Egypt as a world power. This is what the sovereign LORD says: I will destroy the ido... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

September 15, 7AM

The name Mahanaim is found 13 times in the Old Testament. The site is where Jacob and Laban met and made a covenant. Mahanaim seems to mean “two camps” (Genesis 32:2). This is where Jacob’s name was changed to Israel after he wrestled with a man (an... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [David]

September 12, 8PM

Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, for two days beginning at sunset September 13. Leading up to the celebration the ram’s horn is blown. The ram’s horn was important in the history of Israel. One of the words often used for th... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Rosh Hashanah]

September 10, 8PM

Last evening I was looking at the biblical account of David’s battles against the Ammonites (2 Samuel 10-11). In the spring of the year, at the time when kings normally conduct wars, David sent out Joab with his officers and the entire Israelite army. T... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [David]

September 9, 8PM

The title to Psalm 63 states that it is “a Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.” David says his soul thirsts for God; his flesh faints for God, “as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” O God, you are... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [David]

September 2, 8PM

One of my neighbors came to the USA from an Asian country spelled with five letters beginning with “I”. After he moved in, some strange plants that I had not seen in our part of the world began to grow. Perhaps he got then at  Exotic Plants R... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Philistines] [Plants of the Bible] [the Philistines]

August 31, 11AM

The first headline I clicked on this morning when Haaretz arrived was the one reading “Second Temple-era Soapbox Found in City of David?” I located the IAA press release, and then a few hours later my inbox was loaded with links to various cov... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ancient Coins] [Jewish Revolt]

August 29, 7PM

Hurriyet Daily News reports here the discovery at Laodicea of a marble slab containing a code of laws pertaining to the water supply of the city during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan in 114 A.D. The article says, The rules were prepared by Anatolia... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle John.] [Apostle Paul] [water]

August 6, 8PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday the discovery of a ritual bath (mikveh, miqwe) dating to the second temple period in the Arnona quarter of Jerusalem during the construction of a nursery school. Arnona is east of the Hebron Road and no... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Second Temple]

August 4, 8PM

Two months ago tonight my wife and I returned from leading a tour of Alpine Europe and spending 10 days in Israel on a personal excursion. We knew before we arrived that our house had been flooded as the result of a break in the water line leading to the ... [Bible Places] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Travel] [flooding] [Mandelbaum Gate] [olives] [Tampa] [Weather]

August 3, 8PM

A sign welcoming visitors to Tel Safi, now identified as Gath. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Gath was a significant city during much of Old Testament history. Here are a few of the interesting things we know about Gath from the Bible: Gath was one of the fiv... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

August 1, 8PM

Early in the year I posted an article here about “The other Aphek – of Asher” in which I included some aerial views of the site and explained the difference between this site and the better known Aphek in Sharon. Earlier this year I made a v... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Nature and Parks Authority]

July 29, 8PM

Tel Maresha (= Tell Sandahanna) is a large mound located south of Highway 35 between Bet Guvrin and Lachish. View of the north side of Tel Maresha. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Maresha [Mareshah in most English translations; Marisha] is listed among cities o... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 28, 8PM

Many of the Jewish people recently observed Tisha B’Av. This phrase, strange to Christians, means the Fast of the Ninth. The observance “is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people” (Judais... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Turkey] [Babylonian Exile] [King Solomon] [Ministry of Jesus]

July 21, 8PM

For the first few decades of my preaching I ate fried chicken in lots of homes. There were numerous jokes about preachers and chicken. One was that the family of five were told by the head of the house to bow their heads while thanks was being given. Just... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Chickens]

July 18, 8PM

A few weeks (months?) back, after a long wait, I received the 5-volume A Dictionary of the Bible, ed. by James Hastings, in Logos format. I have mentioned earlier that this is an old set that is not a substitute for owning newer materials. The fifth volum... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Book of Acts] [Books] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Logos Bible Software] [Sir William M. Ramsay]

July 7, 7PM

The writings and drawings of Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer have brought to life many of the archaeological sites of the Bible Lands. They may know more about the Temple Mount that anyone else I know. Now they have put that knowledge, accented by their fabulo... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament]

July 5, 7PM

The Sunday issue of The Jerusalem Post reports here that the Beit She’arim tombs in Western Galilee have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Beit She’arim, located in the Western Galilee about 20 km. southeast of Haifa, contains a ne... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [world heritage site]

July 1, 7PM

Tradition has it that John the Baptist was born in En Karem (or Ain Karim; Ein Kerem) in the hill country of Judea. According to Shimon Gibson, the earliest document linking John to En Karem is a legendary account dated to A.D. 385-395 (The Cave of John t... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [family] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [John the Baptist]

June 28, 8PM

Dothan (Tell Dothan) is located about 11 miles north of Samaria on the east side of the modern highway. The impressive mound rises nearly 200 feet above the plain. The top of the Tell covers about 10 acres and the slopes cover almost 15 more. Our first ph... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dothan] [Joseph] [Syria] [West Bank]

June 24, 8PM

On our recent personal study tour in Israel I decided to see if we could travel south from Nazareth through the West Bank along the central mountain ridge of the country. There is always something worthwhile to see whether taking the central mountain rout... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [West Bank]

June 20, 11AM

The Biblical text indicates that the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand took place in the vicinity of Bethsaida. Bethsaida is the town associated with the miracle in both the Gospel of Mark (6:30-46) and the Gospel of Luke (9:10-17). Both account... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 18, 7AM

Haaretz reports (here, premium edition) this morning the suspected arson at the Church of the Multiplication on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee at Heptapegon (= Tabgha). A storage room and offices were damaged in the fire. The church is claime... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

June 15, 8PM

Magdala was high on my list of places to revisit to see the changes taking place. The town of Magdala is not mentioned in the Bible, but Mary Magdalene is mentioned a total of 12 times in the four gospels. This place may have been her birthplace or her ho... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [jewish synagogues] [magdala] [Ministry of Jesus]

June 12, 8PM

We had a wonderful group of tour members on our recent Alpine Europe tour of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland (and we stopped in tiny Lichtenstein, too). Most of these individuals had traveled with us before to a wide variety of places. For one lady it w... [Church History] [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [Alpine Europe group]

June 10, 8PM

On our recent visit to Israel we visited some places we have been many times because of changes we expected to see. Capernaum was beginning to undergo some renovations when we were there in 2013. If first impressions are important, then Capernaum is now m... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

June 9, 6PM

It has happened twice that I have been in Jerusalem during Pentecost. I wrote a little note here about the experience of being in Jerusalem as a non-Jew during Pentecost. It was similar to one I had written several years earlier here. A couple of Israeli ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [censorship] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Anti-Semitism] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [jesus christ] [Pentecost]

June 8, 7PM

My blogging has been sparse for the past month and I feel I should make some explanation. I was leading a tour of the Alpine region of Europe during the first half of May. After that my wife and I went to Israel for 11 days. We were joined by David Padfie... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [family] [israel] [Photography] [Travel]

May 24, 11AM

Last evening at sundown the Jews began to celebrate their modern interpretation of  Pentecost (Shavu’ot). Christians know this from the Old Testament scriptures as the feast of weeks (Leviticus 23:15; Deuteronomy 16:9). Last evening we saw many Jews he... [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [Jerusalem] [Ministry of Jesus]

May 23, 11AM

After dinner this evening we went to Damascus Gate to try our hand at some night shots of the Gate. Here is one of my resultant photos. Damascus Gate at Night. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Damascus Gate is the main one of three gates on the north side of the... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Damascus Gate] [Jerusalem]

May 13, 11AM

Jesus is called a carpenter in Mark 6:3. In Matthew’s account He is called the carpenter’s son. The study note in the NET Bible suggests that this was probably a derogatory term. Those who used the term thought of Him as “a common laborer like thems... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Josh McDowell] [Nazareth Village]

May 5, 1PM

Early in His ministry Jesus left Nazareth and made Capernaum his base of operation. From there He went all over Galilee and as far away as Tyre and Sidon and the Decapolis. In the course of time Jesus returned to His hometown. Here is the  account of the... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [family] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [Nazareth]

May 2, 8PM

The gospel of Mark mentions Jesus teaching and performing miracles in the synagogue at Capernaum. He taught in the synagogue and performed a miracle there (Mark 1:21-29) He healed a man with a withered hand (Mark 3:1-5) Jairus, one of the rulers of the ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [jewish synagogues] [Ministry of Jesus]

April 25, 8PM

One of the best known parables of Jesus is the parable of the sower and the soils. Note the account recorded in Mark.  Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [agriculture] [Ministry of Jesus] [Parables of Jesus]

April 24, 4AM

Though I have been in Jerusalem’s Old City many times, I have visited the Armenian Quarter only a few times. The Armenian Quarter is the southwest corner of the walled city. Entrance is easy from Jaffa Gate on the north, or from Zion Gate on the sou... [Bible Places] [Church History] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Armenian] [Armenians]

April 22, 3PM

Not much is left at the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis. This is not surprising to those who believe the Bible includes prophecy about various ancient nations. The prophet Ezekiel has this to say about Memphis. This is what the sovereign LORD says: I wi... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bible prophecy]

April 20, 8PM

When Jesus was questioned by the scribes of the Pharisees about how His practices differed from those of John the Baptist, He gave three similar illustrations to teach the newness of His teaching and practice. And Jesus said to them, “Can the wed... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

April 18, 8PM

During the ministry of Jesus at Capernaum four men brought a paralyzed man to see Jesus, likely seeking healing, but there were so many people in the house that it was not possible to get in to see Jesus. And when they could not get near him because of th... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Construction] [Housing] [Ministry of Jesus]

April 15, 6AM

While reading Romans 13 I came to Paul’s admonition to the saints at Rome, “Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good.” My mind immediately turned to the mosaic which was discovered during the excavation of the Byza... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [taxes]

April 12, 8PM

All three Synoptic Gospels record the incident of Jesus and His disciples passing through the grainfields on a Sabbath. On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hand... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [agriculture]

April 4, 8PM

Several tombs of the type in which Jesus was buried have survived the centuries. This one was discovered during road construction a few years ago near the Jezreel Valley, not very far from Megiddo. Roman period tomb with a rolling stone near Jezreel Valle... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [empty tomb] [resurrection]

April 2, 5PM

TTel Halif is located between Hebron and Beersheba in the Negev (Negeb, Negev region, South land or South country). Abram continually journeyed by stages down to the Negev. (Genesis 12:9 NET) Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Tel Halif]

March 31, 6AM

If we consider the Gospel of John a sort of “Day Planner” for Jesus, we have nearly complete activity recorded for two weeks of the earthly ministry of Jesus. The first is in John 1:19—2:11 where activity for six of the seven days is recorded. I thi... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Christ] [Passover] [the Gospel of John]

March 23, 8PM

Today I am sharing an aerial photo of Jerusalem that shows the entirety of the Old City. The 16th century Ottoman walls can be seen along the south and west of the city. Jerusalem from the air. View north and east. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. The view is to... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography]

March 18, 8PM

Begin at Damascus Gate and walk east along Sultan Suleiman Street and you will soon come to the entrance to Solomon’s Quarries (also called Zedekiah’s Cave). See the previous post for a photo of the entrance and the history of how this undergr... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dr. James Turner Barclay] [Freemasons] [James Turner Barclay] [Solomon] [temple]

March 16, 8PM

Dr. James Turner Barclay was sent to Jerusalem by the American Christian Missionary Society in 1851 as a medical and evangelistic missionary. During his first trip he stayed until 1854 and  returned for a second stint from 1858 to 1861. Barclay was acti... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Restoration Movement] [Travel] [Dr. James Turner Barclay] [James Turner Barclay] [temple]

March 15, 8PM

I think many Bible Land travelers pass En Gev on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee and never realize that the site of Hippos is visible about one and a half miles to the east. Perhaps that is because of the almost magnetic attraction of the Sea of G... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

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Earlier today a press release was issued by The University of Haifa regarding a recent discovery at Hippos-Sussita, a town of the Decapolis located about 2 km. east of the Sea of Galilee. (For those who have been in the area, the mound is visible to the e... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dr. Michael Eisenberg] [Ministry of Jesus] [University of Haifa]

March 11, 8PM

A group of Christian women recently convened at the ancient site of Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee “to honor International Women’s Day and discuss women’s empowerment.” Advocates spoke of the issue of legal pro... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [family] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography] [Mary Magdalene] [Ministry of Jesus]

March 10, 7AM

The following report comes from the Israel Antiquities Authority. Rather than indent it, I am leaving it full width for ease of reading. “ Thanks to alert spelunkers exploring a cave in the north of the country:  A Cache of Rare Coins and Silver and Br... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Alexander the Great] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [numismatics]

March 7, 9PM

The phrase “Assyrian Triangle” came to be used of three famous Assyrian cities of northern Mesopotamia: Nimrud, Khorsabad, and Nineveh. I think an understanding of this helps when we study Jonah 3:3. Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah th... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ancient Nineveh] [Assyrian Empire] [Assyrian Triangle] [Nimrud] [Nineveh] [Prophet Jonah] [Prophet Yunis]

March 4, 7AM

If you use Logos Bible Software you probably already know about Community Pricing. Logos takes on some older works and produces them in the Logos format only when there is sufficient interest to pay for production. Some may take a year or more; others may... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [dictionary] [James Hastings] [Logos Bible Software]

March 2, 9PM

Tel ‘Eton (also Tel Eiton and Tel Aitun) is not the easiest archaeological site to locate. The site is situated on Israel’s border with the Palestinian West Bank. Palestine is on the east side of the mound and a military firing range is on the west si... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Tel ‘Eton]

March 1, 10PM

When I began to learn of and appreciate the work of André Parrot, Curator-in-Chief of the French National Museums, Professor at the School of the Louvre, and Director of the Mari Archaeological Expedition, I purchased most of those masterful little books... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [André Parrot] [British Museum] [Iraq] [Nineveh]

February 27, 11AM

The ancient site of Nineveh is located about 300 miles north of Baghdad. The mound is one mile east of modern Mosul near the bank of the Tigris River. Nineveh, the most renowned capital of the Assyrian Empire, is most prominent in the Bible during w... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ancient Nineveh] [Assyrian Empire] [Jonah] [Mosul] [Nineveh]

February 24, 9PM

An inscription bearing the name of Pontius Pilate was found at Caesarea Maritima June 15, 1961 during the excavation of the Roman theater. The stone on which the inscription is found had been reused in the theater. The photo below shows a replica of the ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Emperor Cult] [Imperial Cult] [Joan Taylor] [Pontius Pilate]

February 22, 9PM

In addition to the use of coins, Pilate used other means to promote the Imperial (Emperor) Cult in Roman Palestine. In the previous post we called attention to the article by Prof. Joan E. Taylor who said that the coinage of Pilate and the Pilate inscript... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Emperor Augustus] [Emperor Tiberius] [Pontius Pilate] [Roman Emperor] [Roman Imperial Cult] [Roman Legion] [Roman soldiers]

February 19, 9PM

After the death of Herod the Great, his son Herod Archaelaus (Archelaus, Matthew 2:22) ruled over Judea until AD 6. His misrule prompted Rome to appoint a series of prefects or governors over Judea. There were 15 governors appointed from Coponius (AD 6-... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Emperor Augustus] [Ministry of Jesus] [Pontius Pilate] [Roman Imperial Cult]

February 17, 9PM

Coins were important in the time of Jesus, and were more significant than their face value. On one occasion the Pharisees plotted against Jesus in an attempt to entangle Him in His words. They sent some of their disciples to Jesus to ask, “is it law... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ancient Coins] [Emperor Augustus] [Emperor Tiberius] [Ministry of Jesus] [numismatics] [Roman Imperial Cult]

February 15, 9PM

Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, was well known in Old Testament times. In New Testament times the term Samaria seems to be used of a region rather than a city. See Luke 17:11; John 4:4-7; Acts 1:8; 8:1,9,14; 9:31; 15:3. The city of... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Emperor Augustus] [Herod the Great] [Imperial Cult] [Roman Imperial Cult]

February 14, 1PM

Almost four years ago I wrote a post about the strong East winds of the Middle East, also calling attention to the winds from the south. Several bloggers have called attention to a recent occurrence of the winds affecting Egypt, Palestine, and Israel in ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Palestine] [Weather]

February 10, 9PM

We began this theme in the previous post with the temple Herod the Great erected to the emperor Augustus in the region of Caesarea Philippi. We pointed out that Herod had already built temples to the Emperor at Caesarea Maritima and at Sebaste (= Samaria)... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [Emperor Augustus] [Herod the Great]

February 8, 9PM

Herod supported Mark Antony against Augustus in the Roman civil war. When Augustus was victorius at the battle of Actium (31 B.C.), Herod convinced Augustus that he was loyal to him. Herod, who already ruled Judea, was granted authority over Galilee and I... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Emperor Cult] [Herod the Great] [Ministry of Jesus] [Roman Emperors]

February 1, 9PM

A team of scholars at Anglia Ruskin University in the East of England released a report showing evidence of post-traumatic stress as early as 1300 B.C. The study involved documents from ancient Mesopotamia. Accounts of soldiers being visited by “gho... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyria] [British Museum] [lachish] [Ministry of Jesus]

January 29, 9AM

Many of our readers attend the annual Florida College Lectureship. The theme for the February 2-5, 2015 lectureship is “Light Shall Shine Out of Darkness. I am scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “The Roman Imperial Cult in Palesti... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Florida College] [Palestine] [roman empire] [Roman Imperial Cult]

January 27, 12 PM

Over the years I have been able to visit some places that proved exhilarating. Others have left me somber and contemplative. None more than Auschwitz. Seventy years ago today Soviet troops entered the camp and liberated the survivors. The iconic sign at t... [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Auschwitz] [Holocaust]

January 25, 9PM

Melbourne Museum has created an impressive recreation of what happened August 24, AD 79 at Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. HT: Agade list [Bible study] [Photography] [Travel] [animation] [Melbourne Museum] [Pompeii]

January 24, 9PM

The Israelis call it Beit She’an, but English Bible readers will know it as Bethshan. The town is mentioned only a few times in the Old Testament. The English Standard Version uses both Beth-shan and Beth-shean to identify this town. Other English v... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography] [Ministry of Jesus]

January 19, 9PM

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary follows William F. Albright in listing five towns named Aphek. Aphek of Asher (Joshua 19:29-30). Aphek of Aram (1 Kings 20:26-30). Aphek in Lebanon (Joshua 13:4). Aphek in Sharon (Joshua 12:18; 1 Samuel 4:1; 1 Samuel 29... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography]

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One of the significant battles between Israel and the Philistines took place during the time of Samuel when the ark of the covenant was located in the tent of meeting at Shiloh. And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle agai... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Herod the Great] [Philistines]

January 17, 9PM

In the past few weeks I have been occupied trying to get some out-of-print material ready for reprint. Occasionally I read something that I think should be shared. Take a look at these. Ephesus Museum Open. Carl Rasmussen reports on his HolyLandPhotosR... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [blog] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

January 11, 9PM

“You shall not steal. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or hi... [Bible study] [Travel] [Turkey] [old testament] [New Testament] [Culture] [Photography] [Animals of the Bible] [intellectual property] [copyright]

January 6, 7AM

The unique buildings we now see in the little village of Beit Lehem HaGlilit (Galilean Bethlehem) were erected in the 1930s by a group of German nationals. A 2008 article by Lydia Aisenberg in the Jerusalem Post explains the origin and dispersion of the g... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Bethlehem] [Bethlehem in Galilee] [Birth of Jesus] [Holocaust] [Ministry of Christ] [Templars] [Templers]

January 4, 9PM

Everyone who has studied the earthly ministry of Christ knows that He was born in Bethlehem, the city of David, about six miles south of the ancient city of Jerusalem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1-8; Luke 2:4,15). This village is designated as Bethlehem of Jude... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bethlehem in Galilee] [Ministry of Christ] [Ministry of Jesus]

January 3, 9PM

Newsweek on The Bible It almost always happens around Christmas and Easter. The print and film media launches a critical attack on the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity. This time it is Newsweek, in an article called “The Bible So Misunderstood It... [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [book review] [Culture] [New Testament] [Darrell Bock]

December 31 2014, 2PM

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. WordPress has provided a summary of our year prepared by their stats helper monkeys. Just some fun stuff, but I am delighted to know that folks from more than 200 countri... [Bible study]

December 28, 9PM

Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir is known for the unusual rock formations. Now comes a new report that a previously unknown underground city has been found during destruction of some buildings in preparation for new buildings around... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

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NASA has posted several excellent photos made by Barry Wilmore from the International Space Station on Facebook. The photos were made on Christmas day, 2014. See how many landmarks you can identify. Click on the photo for a larger image. Do you see Tyre? ... [Travel] [Turkey] [Photography] [Jordan] [Bible Places] [israel] [Bible Lands] [Egypt] [Syria] [West Bank] [Lebanon]

December 23, 7AM

Frankincense and myrrh are mentioned together in the Song of Solomon and in the account of the visit of the magi from the east to see Jesus. Several significant things can be learned from these Biblical verses. Look first at Song of Solomon 3:6. “What i... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 18, 9AM

The information below comes from a news release today from the Herodium Expedition at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Herodium, built by Herod the Great, is located near Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. See our recent Index of articles on Bethl... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bethlehem] [Herodium]

December 15, 9PM

The Gospel of John records more visits to Jerusalem by Jesus than any other of the Gospels. John is the only one to record the visit during the Feast of Dedication. At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,  and Jesus w... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

December 11, 9PM

Bethlehem and the Birth of Jesus.  Our total number of posts has now grown to more than 1700 and this makes it difficult to locate a post you may need. This index is prepared to assist you in your study of the birth of Jesus in ancient Bethlehem. Most, i... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Bethlehem] [Birth of Jesus] [jesus]

December 7, 9PM

In previous posts we have looked at the fish of the Sea of Galilee, ports of the Sea of Galilee, and Tabgha (Heptapegon) which has been called the fishermen’s suburb of Capernaum. In this post we will concentrate on how the fishing was done. Some f... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Eric Matson] [fishing] [Ministry of Jesus] [Sea of Galilee]

December 5, 6AM

Mendel Nun describes Tabgha as “The Fishermen’s Suburb of Capernaum.” Tabgha is a corrupted form of the name Heptapegon which means “seven springs.” Why would someone who lived at Capernaum, like Simon Peter and Andrew (Matth... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [fishing] [Ministry of Jesus] [Sea of Galilee] [Simon Peter]

December 3, 9PM

Mendel Nun contrasts the knowledge of 19th century explorers with what has become known as a result of his work. Early 19th-century explorers, searching for places where Jesus had walked, attempted to locate the ancient harbors of the Sea of Galilee but f... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [Sea of Galilee]

December 1, 7AM

In 1993 Mendel Nun published an article in Biblical Archaeology Review entitled “Cast Your Net Upon the Waters: Fish and Fishermen in Jesus’ Time.” Nun, now deceased, explains the meaning of his name: For more than 50 years, I have lived... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [fishermen] [fishing] [Ministry of Jesus]

November 27, 7AM

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:1-2 ESV) Wheat at En Dor. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Do not be anxious ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Thanksgiving]

November 26, 7AM

Our photo today was made from NW of the Sea of Galilee. The formation on the right is known as Mount Arbel. The agricultural area you see slopes down to the Plain of Gennesaret which stretches about 2½ miles to the Sea (Matthew 14:34). View of Mount Arb... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Golan Heights] [Sea of Galilee]

November 23, 9PM

In response to our recent sunset photos on the Sea of Galilee Mark Hoffman sent a beautiful photo of a sunrise from Ein Bokek, a resort site located on the southern end of the west shore of the Dead Sea. When I asked Professor Hoffman for permission to e... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 20, 9PM

In response to our recent post on Sunset from En Gev on the Sea of Galilee here, Randy Myers tried to post an image of a photo he made of a sunset on the Sea of Galilee about two weeks ago. I contacted Randy and asked permission to post his photo on the b... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [Sea of Galilee]

7AM

Travelers to the Sea of Galilee are always delighted to get a sunrise photo from Tiberias. If you travel around the lake to the eastern shore in the late afternoon you might see two things. Because the winds from the Mediterranean come from the north east... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Turkey] [Ministry of Jesus] [Sea of Galilee]

November 16, 9PM

Jack Sasson, the Agade list, passes along a video about heavy rains Sunday in the area of Qumran on the shore of the Dead Sea in the Wilderness of Judea. (I think the rain was mostly in the Judean mountains.) The video by אביחי שורשן is posted ... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [israel] [Photography] [Weather]

November 14, 9PM

Prof. Yossi Garfinkel speaks at Florida College Yosef Garfinkel is head of the Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has been involved in numerous archaeological excavations in Israel. Last year he began the fourth ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [israel] [old testament] [Travel] [Florida College] [Yosef Garfinkel]

November 11, 9PM

What kind of boat did Jesus sit in when he spoke parables to the multitudes gathered around the cove of the sower? That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat do... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [boats] [magdala] [Ministry of Jesus]

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A little more than a year ago we wrote a few posts about the Protestant Cemetery in Jerusalem where several well know persons are buried. These include Horatio Spafford, the author of “It is Well With My Soul,” and several famous archaeologist... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Horatio Spafford] [Jerusalem] [jerusalem university college] [Protestant Cemetery]

November 8, 9PM

The Berlin Wall was erected August 13, 1961 as a dividing line between East and West Berlin. As soon as East Germans began to cross into the west people began to make an effort to tear down the wall. I crossed from West Berlin into East Berlin on several ... [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [Berlin Wall] [East Berlin] [Pergamum Museum] [West Berlin]

November 5, 9PM

Over the past few years I have tried to get some good photos of the Cove of the Sower (also called the Cove of the Parables) and have written about it twice before. Some have suggested that this place on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee would have b... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography] [Cove of the Sower] [Ministry of Jesus] [Parables of Jesus]

8AM

Halley’s Bible Handbook with the New International Version is available for a limited time in Kindle format for $3.99. This is the completely revised and expanded 25th edition of this famous book. I notice that the sections on archaeology and geo... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [New Testament] [old testament] [Carl G. Rasmussen] [kindle]

November 3, 9PM

The Babylonian Empire was relatively short lived (626–539 B.C.), but it played a large role in biblical history. We have written about all of the Babylonian kings mentioned in the Bible. In this post I am pulling together an index collection of these ar... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Babylon] [Babylonian Empire] [Museums] [Nebuchadnezzar]

November 2, 11AM

The Explorers Club — New York City Public Lecture Series featuring Eric Cline Event open to: Public — Date: November 03, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021 1177 BC: The Year... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Books] [Culture] [greece] [old testament]

October 23, 8PM

Hadrian has been in the news this week because of the recently discovered inscription found north of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. In the Israel Museum there is an inscription that reads, The August emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian made [the aqueduct] by [mea... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [Aqueduct] [Caesarea] [Caesarea Maritima] [Hadrian] [Israel Museum] [Roman Emperor]

October 21, 3PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday the discovery earlier this month of a partial inscription bearing the name and titles of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-135). The English translation of the Latin inscription reads, (1st hand) To th... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Hadrian] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Jerusalem] [Museums] [Roman Emperors]

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The olive tree was one of the most important plants in Bible times, and it still is today throughout portions of Europe and the Middle East. The wood of the olive tree was used in some of the furnishings of the temple (1 Kings 6:23-33). Stump of an olive ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Flora of the Bible] [olive tree] [Plants of the Bible]

October 20, 11AM

Nyack College, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, will host a gathering of scholars and dignitaries from 4:00–7:30 pm at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan, focused on... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [magdala] [Steven Notley]

October 13, 6AM

The Hurriyet Daily News reports the discovery of a 3,700-year-old city wall built to protect the ancient Hittite city of Hattuşa (now Bogazkale). Archaeologists have unearthed part of the 3,700-year-old city wall of Hattuşa, capital city of the ancient ... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Hittites]

October 9, 8PM

The Antikythera Shipwreck was a special exhibition at the Athens (Greece) National Museum between April 2012 and April 2013. The shipwreck off the eastern coast of Antikythera is dated to 60-50 BC, a period during which maritime trade and transportation... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Museums] [Shipwreck]

October 7, 8PM

A new excavation at Amphipolis has revealed what the excavator and others think is a Macedonian tomb from the about 300 B.C. I have been following Carl Rasmussen’s HolyLandPhotos’Blog. He now has combined them into one here. In addition, he ha... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [Alexander the Great] [Amphipolis] [Apostle Paul] [Vergina]

October 5, 8PM

When Paul and his companions went from Troas into Macedonia on his second preaching journey, they went ashore at Neapolis (modern Kavalla, Greece), and continued to Philippi. Luke remained at Philippi while Paul, Silas and Timothy followed the Egnatian Wa... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

October 1, 6AM

According to The Times of Israel more than 40 graves have been vandalized at the Mount of Olives cemetery. You may be able to access the short article here. Jewish graves on the Mount of Olives. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. The western slope of the Mount of ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [mount of olives] [Protestant Cemetery]

September 29, 8PM

The Pergamon Museum’s Ancient Near Eastern Department (Vorderasiatisches Museum) has a collection of artifacts from Uruk, now know as modern Warka in Iraq. German excavators began work at Uruk in November 1912. An English sign with the display of ar... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Pergamum Museum]

September 25, 6AM

Daniel I. Block’s book, Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention?, is available in Kindle format today for $2.99. The retail price of the hardback is $28. The publisher (B&H) of the 2008 book describes it as a collection of essays responding... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Turkey] [Bible and Archaeology] [history of israel] [Syria]

September 23, 10AM

Available today only in Kindle format: How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot. This is not the only book you need on this subject, but it is a good beginning source. Todd Bolen’s Bible Places Blog is the best source for keeping up with news and ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [Book of Acts] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bible Places Blog] [Emperor Augustus] [Jesus trail] [Roman Emperor] [Todd Bolen]

September 21, 8PM

German archaeologists, under the direction of Robert Koldeway, excavated at ancient Babylon in Iraq, between 1899 and 1917. The Procession Street ran from the Ishtar Gate to the bridge over the Euphrates River. A 250 meter [820 feet] section of the str... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Babylon] [Museums] [Nebuchadnezzar] [Pergamum Museum]

September 19, 8AM

Many significant archaeological discoveries are made during construction. This can be private construction, road work, improvement of water or gas lines, or large construction projects. The most recent announcement comes from the area of Beth Shemesh (Bet... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Byzantine]

September 16, 8PM

The Pergamum Museum in Berlin gets its name from the reconstructed altar of Zeus from Pergamum (Bergama) in western Turkey. I noted earlier that this fabulous reconstruction is now closed for refurbishing. When we visited the Museum in mid-August, 2014, s... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Revelation] [Travel] [Turkey] [Museums] [Pergamum Museum] [Zeus]

September 15, 6AM

The Pergamum Museum in Berlin is home to three outstanding architectural remains from the ancient world: the Zeus Altar from Pergamum, the Miletus Market Gate, and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon. The Market Gate of Miletus, constructed about 120-130 A.D. du... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Ishtar Gate] [Market Gate of Miletus] [Museums] [Pergamum Museum] [Roman Emperor]

September 12, 10AM

When you rise early to take a balloon flight you never know if the winds will permit flying (or floating). An extra layer of clothing is advised, and it is a good idea to get a sip of juice or coffee and a bit of something to eat before leaving the hotel... [Bible Places] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Ballooning] [Cappadocia]

September 10, 7AM

The photo below was made earlier this year over Cappadocia in Turkey. Ballooning Over Cappadocia in Turkey. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. The Bible tells us that Jews of Cappadocia were present in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:9). Peter wrote his ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Ballooning] [Cappadocia]

September 7, 8PM

According to a report in the International Business Times, activists in Egypt are angry with the Minister of Antiquities for re-hiring a company to restore the Step Pyramid of Zoser at Saqqara. The group says the firm “caused damage and major deter... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [pyramids]

September 4, 8PM

Over the past 48 years I have had the opportunity to visit almost all parts of the Bible World. I certainly have not solved all of the problems that are raised about locations of certain events, but I have tried to look at the major claims whether it is t... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Exodus] [Mount Sinai] [Ron Wyatt] [Saudi Arabia] [Sinai] [Sinai Peninsula] [The Exodus]

September 2, 8PM

We finally reached the third of the big three museums with Ancient Near Eastern collections that we had planned to visit. We spent large portions of two days in the museum. The museum is open every day of the week. Closing time is 5:30 p.m. every day exce... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [greece] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [British Museum] [Cyrus Cylinder] [Museums] [Pergamum Museum] [The Louvre]

August 29, 8PM

Paris is known as the City of Light. From the roof of our hotel in the St. Michel area we could see some of the significant monuments. This photo, made without tripod, shows the Eiffel Tower. I think the building to the left is the Hotel des Invalides whi... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [greece] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Travel] [china] [Louvre] [Museums] [Paris] [West Bank]

August 24, 8AM

On this day in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted. The ashes from the volcanic eruption came down on the cities of Pompei, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Thousands of people and animals died when they were covered with the ash from the eruption. When modern resear... [Bible study]

August 23, 3PM

The ancient awl. Estimated to be from the end of the sixth or the beginning of the fifth millennium BCE. Photo: Yosef Garfinkel. The following report is a press notice released by Media Relations of Haifa University, Thursday, August 21, 2014. An awl-in... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Danny Rosenberg] [Haifa University]

August 19, 1PM

For the past week my wife and I have been traveling in Europe, revisiting some of the places we have enjoyed with groups over the years. Berlin is one of those places. We did some of the typical sightseeing, but the main visit was the museums with Ancient... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Egypt] [greece] [Hittites] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Berlin] [Louvre] [Museums] [Neues Museum] [Pergamum Altar] [Pergamum Museum]

August 6, 6AM

My friends David and Sharon Runner recently traveled with us in Turkey, but made additional excursions into Greece and Italy. David agreed to share this photo of “The Boxer” from the National Roman Museum in Rome. “The Boxer” in th... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [athletics] [Boxing] [Italy]

August 5, 11AM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announces today the discovery of a box containing 114 bronze coins dating to Year Four of the Great Revolt (Jewish Revolt against the Romans). The discovery was made several months ago during work on the new Highway 1 proj... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Jewish Revolt] [Ministry of Jesus]

August 4, 6AM

We had a good response to our recent posts, here and here, about the Roman Tenth Legion in Jerusalem.  I will post a few photos of other artifacts that are readily available for those who visit Israel. The first is an inscription of the eighth cohort of... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aelia Capitolina] [Israel Museum] [Jerusalem] [Ministry of Jesus] [Roman Army] [Roman Tenth Legion]

July 31, 2PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announces the passing of Yehoshua (Shuka) Dorfman today, July 31, 2014, at the age of 64. His passing came after what is described as a long battle with a serious illness. Dorfman’s academic training was in Politica... [Archaeology] [israel] [IAA] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Shuka Dorfman]

July 29, 8PM

Students of the Bible are aware that the city of Jerusalem, including the Herodian temple, was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. Vespasian commanded the Romans in the north of the country. When he learned of the death of Nero he began his return to Rom... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Museum] [Josephus] [Ministry of Jesus] [Roman Emperors] [Roman Tenth Legion]

July 28, 8PM

We have had a few follow-up questions from our post on Roman Roads and Milestones. One reader asked on Facebook, “Is the milepost inside Jaffa Gate for real??” If you enter the Old City of Jerusalem at Jaffa Gate you should turn left on the se... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Jerome Murphy-O'Connor] [Jerusalem] [Roman Army] [Roman Legion] [Tenth Legion]

July 27, 8PM

Last Monday, following material posted by Luke Chandler, I posted a blog here with this heading: “Have new gates been discovered at Lachish?” Yesterday Luke posted a clarification here that was sent to him by the Fourth Lachish Expedition d... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Travel] [Gezer] [lachish]

July 21, 9PM

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reports the death of Professor Klaus Schmidt. Professor Klaus Schmidt, a pioneer of excavations in Göbekli Tepe, known as the “zero point in history” in the eastern Turkish province of Şanlıurfa, died of a... [Archaeology] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Göbekli Tepe] [Klaus Schmidt]

July 20, 8PM

Luke Chandler has reported the identification of new entrances to the ancient city of Lachish here. The late Iron Age gate where the Lachish Letters were discovered is marked by an oval (almost circle). This is the entry to the site used by tourists who v... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [lachish] [Lachish Letters] [Prof. Yosef Garfinkel]

July 18, 8PM

A new website devoted to Roman Roads and Milestones in Judaea/Palaestina has recently come to our attention. This site is co-sponsored by the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee Department of Holy Land Studies and Tel Aviv University IMC-Israeli Milest... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Milestones] [Ministry of Jesus] [Roman roads] [Sea of Galilee] [Zondervan Atlas]

July 17, 8PM

After my first tour to the Bible Lands, including Rome, Greece (Athens and Corinth), Egypt, Lebanon, Syria (Damascus), Jordan, and Israel, in April/May, 1967, I decided to make a second tour the following year. For many years, I always added some new plac... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Gaza] [Gaza Strip]

July 13, 8PM

John, the writer of the book of Revelation, was “on the island called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Rev 1:9). I am convinced that this was the apostle John. He was there because of (Greek dia, on account of) the word ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle John.] [Book of Revelation] [Emperor Domitian] [Patmos] [roman empire]

July 8, 5AM

For years I have received Saudi Aramco World (Saudi was added to the name a few years ago). From time to time there are articles pertaining to some portion of the Bible World. The March/April 2014 issue has an article by Louis Werner entitled “Bospo... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Peter] [Bosphorus]

July 4, 6AM

In the previous post I mentioned that several former students and friends are participating in the dig at Tel Lachish this year. Six years ago on this day I wrote about Lachish on July 4th, 1980. Since we have many more readers now I think it appropriate ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Adam Zertal] [David Ussishkin] [Gabriel Barkay] [Tel Lachish]

July 1, 8PM

The archaeological season is well under way at Tel Lachish. I have several friends and former students who are participating in this new expedition. Wayne Galloway has posted a few nice photos on Facebook and has given me permission to post a couple of t... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Tel Lachish]

June 30, 8AM

The Nelson Glueck School of Archaeology, Hebrew Union College, and the French Research Center at Jerusalem has announced the first season of an Israeli-French mission at Tel Achziv from June 29 to July 9. This announcement is from Yifat Thareani, one of t... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 26, 8PM

Luke records, in the book of Acts, an important historical event involving Paul during the 18 months he worked at Corinth (Acts 18:12-17). The photo below, made in May 2012, shows the actual platform or bema mentioned in Acts 18. Popular English versions ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

June 25, 7AM

The site of et-Tell, thought by some to be the location of New Testament Bethsaida, has provided more evidence of being Old Testament Geshur, or a town of Geshur. Maacah, one of David’s wives, was the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur (2 Samuel 3:3)... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bethsaida] [gate] [King David]

June 24, 6AM

The practice of churning to make butter has been around for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Wisdom Literature of the Bible. For the churning of milk produces butter, And pressing the nose brings forth blood; So the churning of anger produces s... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Nazareth Village]

June 23, 6AM

One may visit an ancient biblical site without sensing the reality of people living at the place. One sees only the foundation of ancient buildings. But when one visits Nazareth Village he sees real people acting out the common activities of Bible times. ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 21, 7AM

Many of the Roman ruins we see in the Bible World belong to the early second century. This illustrates the tremendous power of the Empire throughout the region at that time. Hadrian ruled from A.D. 117-138. We know that one of the major persecutions again... [Bible study] [Travel] [Archaeology] [Turkey] [New Testament] [Culture] [Church History] [Photography] [Bible Places] [Book of Acts] [roman empire]

June 17, 3PM

Act quickly. The NIV Archaeological Study Bible is available in Kindle format for $4.99. The cheapest hard cover edition is available for $32.33 at Amazon. Use this link: NIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Cul... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [Travel]

June 10, 9AM

The ancient site of Carchemish (modern Karkamiş in Turkey) was identified by George Smith in 1876, and later excavated by the British Museum beginning in 1911. The various directors included Hogarth, Thompson, Wooley, and Lawrence. Many remains of Assyri... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Syria]

June 9, 6AM

Dr. Mark Wilson shared a meal with us at the hotel one evening in Antalya, Turkey. After dinner Mark spoke to the group about his work in Turkey. He is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center, and spends most of each year working and ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [book review] [Books] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul] [Asia Minor Research Center] [Dr. Mark Wilson]

June 6, 8PM

Friday morning my wife and I joined three Biblical Studies faculty from Florida College, and a handful of other people, in the MOSI IMAX giant screen theater in Tampa to see the National Geographic Entertainment presentation of JERUSALEM. The original pro... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography] [IMAX] [Jerusalem]

5AM

D-Day, June 6, 1944, is a very important day in American history. Here is one of the photos I made of “Omaha” Beach on a rainy day in 2002. This is where many American soldiers landed on that fateful day. A visit to this area and especially to the Am... [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [American cemetery] [American History] [American soldiers] [D-Day] [Normandy] [World War II]

June 3, 5PM

“Turkey? Why would you want to go to Turkey?” That is a question I have been asked a number of times over the years since my first visit in 1968. My response usually goes something like this. If you are interested in Bible history, Turkey is v... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle John.] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [Cappdocia] [The Book of Revelation]

May 31, 7PM

During my first two or three tours I remember guides asking if I had been “here” before. Actually I have had guides that made up answers to things they did not know, but I did not use them again. Finding and keeping a good guide became an impo... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [family] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Travel] [Bluegrass] [music] [Tour Guides]

May 24, 7AM

This morning we made a short visit to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep. This museum contains many of the mosaics and some statues from the Roman city of Zeugma. Much of Zeugma has been covered by the waters of the Euphrates River due to one of the d... [Archaeology] [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Mosaics] [Roman culture] [Zeugma] [Zeugma Mosaic Museum]

May 22, 12 PM

This morning we flew from Istanbul to Gaziantep in eastern Turkey, picked up our rental car and headed east to Zugma. This is a Roman period town that has been mostly flooded as a result of a dam built on the Euphrates River. We continued east to Sanliurf... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

May 21, 12 PM

Today  my friend Leon and I made a 10 hour trip from Istanbul to Iznik, Turkey. Iznik is the name of ancient Nicaea (Nicea) in Bithynia. This is a region of Asia Minor into which Paul was not allowed by the Spirit to travel. Instead, he was directed to ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul] [ecumenical councils] [Lighthouse] [Nicaea]

May 20, 1AM

My Ancient Crossroads Tour of Biblical and Historical Turkey is compete. Yesterday most of the tour members returned home. A few had other plans of travel before returning. There are some wonderful museums in Turkey, but many of them are undergoing restor... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [Egypt] [Hittites] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Revelation] [Travel] [Turkey] [Istanbul ArchaeologyMuseum] [Museums]

May 14, 1PM

The first excavations ever have begun at the ancient city of Derbe. Derbe was visited by the Apostle Paul and Barnabas on the first preaching journey (Acts 14:20-21). Paul returned with Silas on the second journey (Acts 16:1). Today our tour group visited... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [Culture] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle Paul]

May 9, 12 PM

Just learned this morning that Brian Johnson is blogging during the tour in Turkey. He has visited other parts of Turkey previously and spent a semester at Jerusalem University College in Israel. The name of his blog is Byteofisrael.blogspot.com. Since he... [Bible study] [blogs] [Turkey]
We spent the full day in Cappadocia. As usual with our tour, we have a local photographer to make a group photo at one of the interesting spots we visit. Our photo this time was made at Uchisar. Do you know anyone in our group? Ancient Crossroads Tour of ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

May 8, 9PM

Tuesday afternoon our group arrived in Ankara, capital of the Republic of Turkey. Wednesday traveled about three hours of Ankara to Bogazkale, the capital of the ancient Hittite (Hatti) kingdom. The photo below shows ruins of what is designated Temple 1 i... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

May 4, 8PM

The response to the Visualizing Isaiah series has been good by my estimation. Numerous readers have written that they enjoyed/profited by the series. Several bloggers have linked to the series and a few have re-blogged almost all of them to their readers.... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [agriculture] [Isaiah]

April 30, 8PM

The LORD comforts His people. Isaiah 40 is a beautiful chapter showing the care the LORD has for His people, even when they go astray. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gentl... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [Shepherd]

April 29, 8PM

It seems to be a common human failing to reveal too much about ourselves, even to people we do not know very well. This is a mistake made by King Hezekiah when he was visited by Merodach-baladan, king of Babylon. And Hezekiah had very great riches and hon... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Babylon] [Isaiah]

April 28, 8PM

Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, reports on the discovery of a seal dating to the time of Sargon II, king of Assyria (722-705 B.C.), at a Roman-period site in northern Israel. This is a rather unusual find to have been uncovered at the site of Omrit. The ex... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [assyrian] [Hula Valley] [Sargon II] [Seals]

April 27, 8PM

King Hezekiah was at the point of death, but the LORD heard his prayer and extended his life by 15 years. There are several visual illustrations in this chapter. I have selected the one in verse 21. Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of fig... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [figs] [Isaiah] [Medicine]

April 25, 6AM

After the LORD struck down 185,000 of the Assyrians who were camped outside Jerusalem, Sennacherib returned home and lived at Nineveh. In the final verse of this chapter we are told that his sons killed him and fled to the land of Ararat. Then Sennacheri... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Ararat] [Assyrian Empire] [Hezekiah] [Isaiah]

April 23, 8PM

Two significant historical characters are mentioned together in Isaiah 36. Sennacherib, the king of Assyria from 704–681 B.C., claims to have taken 46 cities of Judah in the days of Hezekiah. The biblical account says, In the fourteenth year of King He... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [assyrian] [Isaiah] [Israel Museum] [Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago]

April 22, 6AM

Isaiah prophesies the return of the redeemed to Zion, a promise that would be fulfilled with the return from the Babylonian exile. The illustration is one that would be vivid to those who lived on the ridge above the wilderness of Judah. The wilderness a... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Aerial photography] [flowers] [Isaiah] [streams in the desert]

April 20, 8PM

The judgment upon Edom is mentioned prominently in chapter 34 (verses 5, 6, 9; cf. the city of Bozrah, v. 6). The most prominent place today within the ancient territory of Edom is Petra. Most people visit Petra to see the sculpted structures of the Naba... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Edom] [Isaiah] [Petra]

10AM

William Lane Craig’s short book, Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?, is available free today in Kindle format. [Bible study] [Books] [New Testament] [Ministry of Jesus] [resurrection]

April 19, 8PM

The Gospel of Mark provides a brief account of the events of the first day of the week after the crucifixion of Jesus. The women went to the tomb of Jesus to anoint his body. The approach of the Sabbath did not allow this on Friday. 1 When the Sabbath was... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [resurrection]

April 18, 6AM

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective. As a former atheist he rejected the claims of the resurrection, but after examination of the evidence he came to believe. This book is available free in Kindle format today. Click on the book image for... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [resurrection]

April 17, 7AM

The fruitful land, the Lebanon range, the plain of Sharon, and the regions of Bashan and Carmel are used by Isaiah to describe what happens in Israel due to the Assyrian invasion. Behold, their heroes cry in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bashan] [forests] [Isaiah] [Lebanon] [plain of Sharon]

April 12, 8AM

Noah There has been much discussion in the past few weeks about the Noah movie. In last Saturday’s roundup, Todd Bolen called attention to the blog of Dr. Brian Mattson. In a post entitled “Sympathy for the Devil” Mattson comments about ... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [Books] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [commentaries] [Noah] [Todd Bolen] [Wife of Jesus]

April 9, 7AM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced today the discovery of a “3,300 year old coffin” at Tel Shadud on the north side of the Jezreel Valley. Part of a burial site dating to the Late Bronze Age (thirteenth century BCE) was exposed in an ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Joshua]

April 8, 8PM

Isaiah again looks beyond the exile and the return to the time of the Messiah. In the kingdom of righteousness every person who wishes will be able to find a hiding place or shelter. This speaks of the spiritual blessings available. Behold, a king will re... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah]

5AM

A woe is announced on those who go to Egypt for help in the form of horses and chariots. Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not lo... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [horses] [Isaiah]

April 6, 8PM

There were those in Israel who wanted to rely on Assyria and others who wanted to rely on Egypt. The prophet Isaiah urged that the LORD’S people wait on Him. Trust in Egypt would be like dependence on a wall that was ready to collapse. The destructi... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

April 4, 4AM

Sealed documents were common in Bible times. Isaiah had already used this figure in chapter 8:16. Here the same illustration is used to show that because of Israel’s blindness of heart, no one was able (or willing) to accept and understand the will... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Isaiah] [Museum]

March 31, 8PM

Toward the end of Isaiah 28 several agricultural illustrations are used. Notice the references to the threshing sledge in verses 27 and 28. Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin, but dill is beaten out with a... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [agriculture] [Isaiah]

March 30, 8PM

The judgment upon Israel will become severe before the redemption comes. Here is one illustration of the bad conditions. For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness; there the calf grazes; there it lies d... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Isaiah]

March 29, 6AM

Those who preach and teach might enjoy, and profit by, Preaching and Teaching From the Old Testament by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. The 2003 book is $3.99 today in Kindle format. It is normally $22.00. Click on the book for more information. And these words t... [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [old testament] [Preaching]

March 26, 8PM

Isaiah’s readers should find consolation in the fact that the city that was to be devastated by the Babylonians would eventually be rebuilt. In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [Jerusalem]

March 25, 8PM

Isaiah continues the apocalyptic description of the judgment of the LORD and the return from captivity. The city that will be destroyed by the Babylonians will become a place of great feasting for all nations. On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [Jerusalem]

March 24, 8PM

In the apocalyptic account of the LORD’S judgment upon the earth, Isaiah says… The wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted sigh. The mirth of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the jubilant has ceased, the mirth of the lyre ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

6AM

A rabbi and his student were arrested for trying to kill a donkey as a sacrifice for sins, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post here. The article says this took place “near the Tomb of Samuel the prophet which is located in the West Bank nor... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [West Bank]

March 19, 8PM

The photo below shows a portion of the western wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. There are ruins here belonging to the time of John Hyrcanus (2nd century B.C.), but most of what we see belongs to the Turkish construction from the 16th century A.D. The l... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyrian Empire] [Jerusalem] [Paul Emile Botta]

March 18, 8PM

Do you rob temples? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? (Romans 2:22 ESV) Charles Savelle has a helpful chart at BibleX on Romans 2:22. What does the text mean? The chart allows t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Daniel B. Wallace] [James Ossuary]

March 15, 8AM

The Times of Israel has a nice illustrated article today entitled “Five Glorious places from which to look out over Jerusalem.” Aviva and Shmuel Bar-Am show photographs from the following five places. Click here for the complete article. Haas... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Jerusalem]

March 10, 6AM

Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace is available free in Kindle format March 10-11. The foreword is written by Lee Strobel. The publisher’s promo information says, Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Cas... [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [New Testament] [Apologetics]

March 6, 9PM

Isaiah 23 is an oracle concerning the famous Phoenician port city of Tyre. The Mediterranean world of Egypt, Tarshish, Cyprus, and the neighboring city of Sidon, would be affected by the fall of Tyre. More details about the prophecy concerning Tyre ar... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [greece] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Alexander the Great] [Ezekiel] [Isaiah] [Lebanon] [Nebuchadnezzar] [Tyre]

March 4, 9PM

Shebna, the steward over the household of David, is to be replaced by Eliakim the son of Hilkiah. He will have the key of the house of David with power to open and shut. Consider the use of this text by Jesus in Revelation 3:8. Thus says the Lord GOD of... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [British Museum] [Isaiah]

March 3, 9PM

Isaiah 21 contains oracles concerning Babylon, Edom, and Arabia. The watchman is to describe what he sees. From his watchtower where he stood day and night he was able to announce the fall of Babylon. For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchma... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Babylon] [Isaiah]

March 2, 9PM

For many years there was no reference to Sargon II (722-705 B.C.) in the available Assyrian records. Yet, the prophet Isaiah, writing at the time of the Assyrian captivity of the northern kingdom of Israel, mentions Sargon’s campaign against Ashdod.... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyrian Empire] [Isaiah]

February 27, 7AM

Neil Lightfoot’s How We Got the Bible, revised and expanded 3rd edition, is available today only for $1.99 in Kindle format. This book is a wonderful beginning resource to help one understand how the Bible came to be in English. Today only. Learn ab... [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [New Testament] [Revelation] [Kindle format] [Neil Lightfoot]

February 26, 9PM

Isaiah 19 is a continuation of the announcement of the LORD’S judgment upon Egypt. An oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah]

February 25, 9PM

Israel and Judah found themselves positioned between the great political and military powers of the time: Assyria and Babylon to the north (or east) and Egypt to the south. In Isaiah 18 and 19, the prophet deals with the power to the south. Cush is likely... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [Nubians] [Sudan]

February 24, 9PM

In the oracle concerning Damascus (Syria), Isaiah uses illustrations of the gleaning of grain and olives –plants common in that time. Gleanings will be left in it, as when an olive tree is beaten– two or three berries in the top of the highest bou... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Damascus] [horned altar] [Isaiah] [Syria]

February 23, 9PM

When the prophets of ancient Israel pointed out the coming judgment of God upon the Israelites they typically pointed out that their enemies had already, or were going to, face the same judgment. This applied not only to the major powers such as Assyrian,... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

February 20, 7AM

Isaiah 14 continues to deal with the downfall of Babylon. In great poetic language we learn that the cedars of Lebanon will rejoice that there is no longer a woodcutter to come up against them. The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyrian Empire] [Babylonian Empire] [Cedars] [Isaiah] [Lebanon] [Louvre]

February 18, 9PM

That’s what they are saying. It is a popular theme of those who want to put Bible believers in their place. Camels are mentioned repeatedly in Genesis 12-37, a section of Scripture set during the Middle Bronze Age (about 2100–1550 B.C.). Many of... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Mesopotamia] [Todd Bolen]

February 17, 9PM

Edward Chiera, of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, excavated at Nuzi in 1927 and at Khorsabad in 1928, 29. On one of his visits in Mesopotamia he wrote a letter to his wife in which he described Babylon. This letter is included in his... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Books] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Babylon] [Babylon and prophecy.] [Iraq] [Isaiah] [Saddam Hussein] [Tourism]

February 16, 9PM

Babylon would not become the dominant power of the ancient near east until about 626 B.C. (The Assyrian capital of Nineveh fell in 612 B.C., and Assyria was finished at the battle of Carchemish in 605 B.C.). But Isaiah looks ahead to the overthrow of ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Animals of the Bible] [Babylon] [battle of Carchemish] [Isaiah] [wild animals]

February 13, 9PM

Michael J. Kruger (canon fodder) has written a review of each episode of the History Channel’s Bible Secrets Revealed. He says the series has reminded him of two critical truths: 1. Our popular culture is prone to distort and misrepresent the teach... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [book review] [Books] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

6AM

Isaiah describes the Messianic Age as one that will be characterized by many spiritual blessings. The pleasant waters of Shiloah had been rejected by God’s people, but in the time to come Judah would joyfully draw water from the wells of salvation. ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [Ministry of Jesus] [Palestinian Authority] [water] [West Bank]

February 11, 9PM

Immediately upon looking at Isaiah 11 I think of the reference to the Messiah –  ”a shoot from the stump of Jesse.” Look back to chapter 4 for an illustration for that. I could show you individual photos of many of the animals mentioned in ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Assyrian Empire] [Babylon] [Isaiah]

February 10, 9PM

The Assyrians are first introduced in Isaiah 7. In chapter 10 we are informed that they are “the rod of [the LORD's] anger.” They will serve the purpose of God to punish His people. Isaiah tells us that the Assyrians did not plan to be doin... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyrians] [Isaiah] [warfare]

February 9, 9PM

Isaiah 9 contains several geographical references. I decided to concentrate on the reference to the Philistines in verse 12. Notice that the text mentions the Syrians (Arameans) on the east, literally northeast of Israel and Judah, and the Philistines on ... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Philistines] [Syria]

February 5, 9PM

Isaiah 8 teaches that the rejection of the LORD by His people would bring about severe punishment. To illustrate this, the LORD says His people “refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently,” and that He would bring up against them “... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah] [water]

February 2, 9PM

The historical setting for Isaiah 7 concerns the efforts of Syria (Aram) and Israel (Ephraim, the northern kingdom) to form an alliance to attack king Ahaz of Judah (cf. 2 Kings 15:37). Some refer to this as the Syro-Ephraimite coalition against Judah. T... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [house of David]

January 31, 9PM

Reblogged from theologygrams: If you have used the Tube in London, or the subway system in another major city, you might enjoy this little chart on theologygrams. HT: @alancornett [Bible study]

January 29, 9PM

Isaiah 6 begins with this historical note: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (Isaiah 6:1 ESV) There are images from the ancient near east to help illus... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah]

9AM

When Jesus said “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1), His illustration was understood by all of His hearers. The same is true of those who heard and read Isaiah 5. Read it for yourself and then look at the beautif... [Bible study] [Isaiah]

January 27, 9PM

The book of the prophet Isaiah promises the return of a remnant from captivity, but is also filled with Messianic expectation. After describing the terrible consequences of the conquest by foreign powers, Isaiah promises, In that day the branch of the LO... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Isaiah]

January 24, 9AM

Isaiah describes the luxurious life of the women of Jerusalem in vivid terms. The prophet was definitely not politically correct. 16 The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their ey... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyrians] [British Museum] [Israel Museum]

January 22, 9PM

In 2005 a two-armed anchor was discovered on the shore of the Dead Sea, north of En Gedi. The materials associated with this anchor includes jujube wood, palm fiber, lead, iron, and bronze. Two-armed anchor from the Dead Sea. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. The... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dead Sea]

January 21, 9PM

The prophet Isaiah describes what had happened to the people of Judah and Jerusalem. Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. (Isaiah 2:7 E... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Hittites] [horses] [Solomon]

January 19, 9PM

It is a fact that numerous structures in Israel are incorrectly identified. Earlier travelers may have asked where this or that biblical event took place. There was always someone willing to show them what they wanted to see. Some items that come to mind... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Pools of Solomon] [water] [West Bank]

January 17, 9PM

Because the events of the Bible took place in the Ancient Near East, we expect it to use illustrations from that world. Many of these cultural practices are different from those we know, but others are similar. The prophet Isaiah describes what will happ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey]

January 15, 9PM

It really happened. A lady in Poriya Illit, a village a short distance from the western shore of the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee, called the Israel Antiquities Authority. She told them that a now-deceased family member had “fished” s... [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Antiquities Authority] [Mediterranean Sea]

January 14, 5PM

Do you have a good book on Church History? I have observed that many church members are generally ignorant of church history. A few months ago I learned that two books by Zondervan were to be available in Kindle format for $3.99 each. The second volume in... [Bible Lands] [Books] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Everett Ferguson] [Islam] [Italy] [Roman Catholicism]

January 13, 9AM

To those dissatisfied with both Jesus and John the Baptist, Jesus used a simple illustration that must have happened many times in each city of ancient Israel. “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketp... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Nazareth Village]

January 10, 7AM

The Dunham Bible Museum at Houston Baptist University will host an Archaeological Conference devoted to Khirbet el-Maqatir, proposed site for Biblical Ai, Saturday, February 8, 2014. Speakers include Dr. Bryant Wood, Dr. Eugene Merrill, Dr. Scott Stripl... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Houston] [Houston Baptist University] [James Hoffmeier] [Museums] [West Bank]

January 8, 9PM

The full title of this Haaretz article is “Hiking in Abraham’s footsteps, from Turkey to the Holy Land.” Sounds incredible at the moment. To hike this complete trail from Haran (Genesis 12:4) to Beersheba (Genesis 21:31) (not to mentio... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [Books] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [hiking] [Palestinian Authority] [Syria] [West Bank]

January 7, 9PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced last week the discovery of two pieces of fabrics found at Wadi Murabba’at on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Thousands of fabrics dating to the Roman period have been discovered in the Judean Desert an... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [murex] [textiles]

December 31, 9PM

As we approached the end of the year 2013 I began to think of the wonderful places I visited and the photos I made. What photo stands out as the “photo of the year”? I have some unique photos, and I have other photos from places I have photogr... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Garden of Gethsemane] [Ministry of Jesus]

December 30, 9PM

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 260,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum... [blog]

December 29, 9PM

The first major archaeological excavation at Tell ed-Duweir (= Tel Lachish) was called the Wellcome-Marston Archaeological Research Expedition, directed by James Leslie Starkey. During that expedition, in 1935 eighteen pieces of broken pottery with writi... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Jeremiah]

December 24, 9PM

After the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, Luke records that an announcement of His birth was made to shepherds in the field at night. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of t... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bethlehem] [West Bank]

December 23, 9PM

Michael G. Hasel of Southern Adventist University will join Yosef Garfinkel and Martin G. Klingbeil as co-directors of The Lachish Expedition in 2014. Southern has begun a web site devoted to the dig here. Categories include Project Overview, Goals and S... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 22, 9PM

The majority of the content of this blog deals with biblical studies, archaeology, travel and photography. Concentration is especially on travel in the Bible World. As a result of this I follow several blogs that are extremely helpful. These include: Bibl... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 18, 7AM

Since I started with a small single-volume Smith’s Bible Dictionary more than 60 years ago, I have collected dozens of dictionary volumes on my library shelf and on the computer. My favorite single-volume Bible dictionary has been the Zondervan Illu... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books]

December 16, 9PM

Several times we have commented on the wonderful photos supplied by Prof. Aren Maeir about the archaeological excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, both during the season and throughout the year. For the past two days Maeir has posted photos of the Elah River... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

6AM

Elie sent me a photo he made this morning of a snow house in Jerusalem. If you know Jerusalem you know that the houses are built of stone (some of Jerusalem stone). The person building this snow house made it in imitation of the stone houses. It’s a... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Snow in Jerusalem]

December 15, 9PM

Announcement has been made through various sources of the anticipated fourth archaeological expedition to Tel Lachish. Archaeologists who have been working at Khirbet Qeiyafa (the Elah Fortress), Yosef Garfinkel, Michael Hasel, and Martin Klingbeil, an... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament Times] [Photography] [Travel] [biblical archaeology review] [David Ussishkin] [lachish]

December 14, 9AM

Today I have been reading of snow in Lebanon and Israel. There are reports that a foot of snow has fallen in Jerusalem in the past day. Todd Bolen links to the Jerusalem Post (with photos) and other snow links here. My friend Elie just sent a photo of his... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Turkey] [Snow in Jerusalem]

December 10, 9PM

Frequently we have mentioned and recommended the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible by Carl G. Rasmussen. Every Bible student needs at least one or two good atlases to assist them in their study of the Scriptures. Last month I attended some annual professional... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Egypt] [greece] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Carl G. Rasmussen]

December 9, 9PM

The photo below was made from the top of Tell Ḥesbân in Transjordan. It provides us a view of the general area of Moab during the period of the United Kingdom of Israel, and the Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Sheepfold on the slope of Tell Ḥes... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Moab]

December 8, 9PM

If Tell Ḥesbân is not biblical Heshbon, then the pool uncovered by S. H. Horn is likely not the pool mentioned in Song of Solomon 7:4. If Tell Ḥesbân is not biblical Heshbon, then where is biblical Heshbon? A sign at Tell Ḥesbân, erected by the ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Moab]

December 4, 8PM

S. H. Horn describes the biblical significance of Heshbon. A city of Transjordan strategically located at the main north-south road, called the King’s Highway in the Bible, some 15 mi. (c. 24 km.) southwest of “Amman (Palestine Under Joshua and th... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

December 3, 7AM

Elealeh (pronounced EL e A lah) is one of those little known cities from Bible times. It is now identified as Tell (or Tall) Al-Elealeh. The mound is located about two miles northeast of Heshbon. When we first encounter the city of Elealeh it belongs to t... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 25, 9PM

When I was a kid in North Alabama I found Indian arrowheads in the cotton fields when we hoed and picked cotton. (Yes, I really did!) The only Indian I ever heard of (on the radio) was Tonto. In Israel, ancient ruins are discovered as foundations are dug ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

9AM

Tel Kabri is a Canaanite site located a few miles east of Nahariya in the Plain of Akko in northern Israel. Excavations have been conducted at the site for several years under the direction of Prof. Eric H. Cline of Washington University and scholars from... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [old testament] [Photography] [Canaanite] [Wine]

November 22, 5AM

Recently I have been reading C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath. He says that Warnie found his brother dead at the foot of his bed at 5:30 p.m. [in Oxford], “Friday, 22 November 1963.” Then comes th... [Bible study] [Books] [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [Apologetics] [C. S. Lewis]

November 20, 9PM

Most of us who were old enough to remember know exactly where were were and what we were doing the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I was in a speaking engagement that week in Prescott, Arizona. David Curtis, a college friend, was the minis... [Culture] [Photography] [Travel] [abraham lincoln] [Arizona] [Camp Verde] [Kennedy assassination] [Montezuma Castle National Monument]

November 19, 9PM

The French archaeologist André Parrot (1901-1980) carried out several excavations at Mari between 1933 and 1960. Having read about recent damage to the ancient buildings of Mari, I wanted to share a couple of photos of artifacts from the site. The first ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Assyria] [Babylon] [Museums] [Syria]

5AM

A few columns of the Palace of the Procurators have been restored at Caesarea. The late Jerome Murphy-O’Connor describes the lower level of the Palace. From the west colonnade one can look down to the sea shore at a point where its dominant feature ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

November 17, 9PM

Elie, my friend and guide in Israel, sent me a photo just a few minutes ago that he made Sunday at the pool of Siloam. Water in the pool of Siloam due to a clogged channel. Photo: Eliemelech Ben-Meir Here is the explanation Elie gave: Thought you might en... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel]

November 14, 9PM

Herod the Great built a hippodrome along the Mediterranean coast at Caesarea Maritima in 10 B.C. to celebrate the opening of the city. In the second century A.D. the south end of the hippodrome was reconstructed as an amphitheater to be used for gladiator... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

November 13, 9PM

The École Biblique et Archéologique in Jerusalem announced Monday the death of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor (1935-2013). Fr. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, O.P., passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013. He was 78 years old. Fr. Murphy-O’Connor... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Book of Acts] [book review] [Books] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

November 12, 9PM

Caesarea Maritima was a first century Roman capital and seaport. The gospel was first preached to the Gentiles here when Peter came from Joppa to Caesarea to tell Cornelius words by which he could be saved (Acts 10, 11). Herod the Great built a city on th... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Apostle Paul]

November 7, 6AM

It must have been exciting to be at Carchemish in 605 B.C. when Pharaoh Neco came all the way from Egypt to this city now on the border between Syria and Turkey. On an earlier excursion from Egypt to Carchemish in 609 B.C., Neco killed Josiah, king of Jud... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Babyonian Empire] [Nebuchadnezzar] [Syria]

November 4, 8AM

Paul taught the saints at Corinth to, Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. (1 Corinthians 10:25 ESV) The Greek word used here for “meat market” is makellon. Archaeological discoverie... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Corinth] [Museums]

October 22, 8PM

Even though the relationship between the Apostle Paul and the Corinthians was always a strained one, we know the names of numerous saints at Corinth who were helpful to Paul in his ministry. Paul calls attention to a person named Erastus who was a “... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Corinth]

October 21, 8PM

Luke records, in the book of Acts, an important historical event involving Paul during the 18 months he worked at Corinth 12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

October 20, 8PM

The theater at Corinth is a short distance from the agora and the Temple of Apollo. Reddish and Fant describe the theater: The theater dates from the 5th century B.C.E. and later was rebuilt by the Romans, who added a multistory stage building . In Paul&#... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [greece] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

October 17, 6AM

The Supreme Court of Israel ordered that the Jehoash Tablet, a 9th century inscription about repairs to the temple in the days of King Jehoash of Judah, must be returned to the owner. The Jerusalem District Court had earlier ruled that he state had not pr... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [israel] [old testament]

October 13, 8PM

Gordon Franz sent me the report on his recent visit to southeastern Turkey and the “International Noah and Judi Mountain Symposium.” He said, “If you want to post it on your site, you are more than welcome.” This is an issue of muc... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [New Testament] [old testament] [Travel] [Turkey] [Assyrian Empire] [Judi Dagh] [Mount Ararat] [Noah's Ark]

October 10, 8PM

In addition to the Spring (or Fountain) of Peirene, Corinth had another significant water supply — the Fountain of Glauke. Reddish and Fant describe the fountain: To the west of the temple [of Apollo] and on a lower level lies the Fountain of Glauke, su... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [water supply]

October 9, 8PM

This is a brief follow-up on our report here of the vandalization of the Protestant Cemetery. Trent Dutton, “Our man in Jerusalem”, reports that once AP released a story about the vandalism, several Middle East and American news outlets have c... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Church History] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Jerusalem] [Protestant Cemetery]

October 8, 8PM

In the first century A.D. Corinth was the capital of the Roman province of Achaia and had direct communication with Rome. This was a wonderful place for Paul to teach the gospel of Christ (Acts 18). A large city such as Corinth needed a good water supply.... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [water supply]

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The Lechaion Road was the famous road that ran from the port of Corinth to the city. In Corinth the road was 20 to 25 feet wide, made of limestone, and flanked on either side by raised sidewalks and shops. The road ended at the agora which was directly to... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [greece] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

October 6, 8PM

Before Joseph died in Egypt, he exacted a promise from the sons of Israel that when God visited them to deliver them from bondage they would carry his bones from Egypt. Upon his death he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt (Genesis 50:25-26). Thi... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

October 3, 12 PM

A little over a year ago I visited the Protestant Cemetery on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter a series of articles were posted about some of the persons buried there. See here for Spafford; here for Starkey; here for Schick; here for Fisher. M... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Protestant Cemetery]

September 29, 8PM

Looting and vandalism of historic or archaeological sites is nothing new. We have reported on vandalism in Israel, but especially in the war-torn countries of Syria and Iraq. Heritage Daily has an article here on looting and vandalism at Petra. Petra was ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Iraq] [Syria] [world heritage site]

September 27, 6AM

Google search is celebrating a 15th birthday with an interactive heading. Take a look at google.com. This has proven to be a powerful tool which I use several times each day. You can go back in history and see what a Google search results page looked like... [Culture] [Google]

September 26, 8AM

The cedar from Lebanon was brought by sea to Joppa for the building of Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 2:16). But that port was not adequate to meet Israel’s needs. Scripture informs us that Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber. King Solom... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Saudi Arabia] [Shipping] [Solomon]

September 24, 8PM

The “promised land” was described to the Israelites as “a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper” (Deuteronomy 8:9). Copper was mined in the Arabah of Israel as far back as the 13th-12th century B.C. Copper is still ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [copper] [Solomon]

September 23, 8PM

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) announces that they have filmed the Chester Beatty papyri. Here is the press release signed by Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of CSNTM: The Chester Beatty papyri, published in the 19... [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [Books] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Biblical Manuscripts] [Chester Beatty Papyri] [Papyri]

September 22, 8PM

For the past few weeks I have been marking items to mention on this blog, but I have gotten behind due to a speaking engagement all last week and some other things. Take a look at those that interest you. Excavation Reports James Tabor reports on the 2013... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Lebanon] [Syria]

September 18, 8PM

In Israel many of the national parks have metal sculptures that I find fascinating. The one below at Avedat, a Nabatean city located on the ancient spice route, is of a peddler trying to sell his wares to a couple of buyers. The buyer tries to talk down t... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

September 16, 8PM

Last week, in preparation for a lesson I was presenting, I studied Ezekiel’s proclamation against Egypt. He says that Egypt has been a “staff of reed” to the house of Israel. Notice these verses from chapter 29. Then all the inhabitants ... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [plants]

September 15, 8PM

In the previous post we wrote about the serpents in the wilderness. Our photo today shows a Persian horned viper that we saw at the Hai Bar Reserve north of Eilat. The Persian horned viper at the Hai Bar Reserve. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Persian Horned V... [Bible Lands] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [serpents] [vipers]

September 5, 8PM

Tel Arad is located in the Negev about 20 miles east of Beersheba, and five miles west of the town of Arad. The biblical account informs us that the king of Arad fought against Israel and took some as captives. When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who li... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

September 4, 8PM

On the way from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile one passes two huge statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. The statues are nearly 60 feet tall, and once stood at the entrance to the funerary temple of Amenhotep III (also kno... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Egypt] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul]

September 3, 8PM

The catacombs of Rome are the main sources of art by Christians in the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D. Markers often carry the image of a shepherd, lamb, anchor, fish, or some other symbol. The fish or the word fish was used to indicate a Christian or a place ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Photography] [Travel] [Ancient Rome] [catacombs] [Italy]

August 29, 8PM

The Eretz Israel Museum, located on the campus of Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, is a wonderful, educational museum to visit. Many of the exhibits are outside, including an archaeological tel (Tel Qasile), and others are in several different small build... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [Parables of Jesus]

August 28, 8PM

The Jewish Press reported here on the discovery of a Canaanite cult altar at Tel Rekhesh, an archaeological mound east of Mount Tabor. Archaeologists from the University of Tenri, Japan, and the Institute of Archaeology of Galilee Kinneret Academic Colleg... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Museums] [Todd Bolen]

August 27, 8PM

Beit Jamal (or Beit Jemâl) is sometimes identified with the En-Gannim of Joshua 15:34. Note the association with other towns belonging to the tribe of Judah in the general vicinity: 33 And in the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, 34 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tap... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] ["price tag"] [Beit Jamal] [Monastery]

August 25, 8PM

The Israel Museum exhibition of Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey is scheduled to continue through January 4, 2014. This is a wonderful exhibit. If you can’t make it by the deadline, you may take a gallery tour here. This includes phot... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Herod the Great] [Israel Museum]

August 22, 8PM

Live Science reports (here) on the investigation of 27 flasks from five archaeological sites in Israel showing that cinnamon was stored in them. The flasks date back to about 1000 years B.C. Ten of the 27 flasks contain “cinnamaldehyde, the compound... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Revelation] [Travel] [cinnamon] [roman empire]

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Ashdod was located along an international highway known as the Way of the Sea, the Way of Philistia, or the Via Maris. This was the important route connecting Egypt and Assyria. We have already discussed, in the past few posts, that the Assyrian king Sarg... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ashdod] [Assyrian Empire] [Louvre] [Museums] [Sargon II]

August 20, 8PM

Ashdod is mentioned in the Bible as one of five cities of the Philistine Pentapolis (1 Samuel 6:17). The city is mentioned earlier among the Canaanite cities in the Ebla tablets. Here is a brief survey of the events recorded in the Bible. Some of the Ana... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ashdod] [Assyrian Empire] [Philistines]

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The American Friends of Tel Aviv University announced Monday the discovery of a massive fortification from the Iron Age. — ♦ — Researchers from Tel Aviv University have unearthed the remains of massive ancient fortifications built around an Iron-Age... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Travel] [Ashdod] [Assyrian Empire]

August 19, 8PM

Back in May, my friend Dan and I visited the site of Ashdod-Yam. The site is located a little over 3 miles NW of Tel Ashdod. Tel Ashdod, the city mentioned in the Old Testament, is difficult to visit. My young friends, Trent and Rebekah, mentioned visitin... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ashdod]

August 18, 8PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Sunday the discovery of “a layer of rich finds including thousands of broken pottery shards, clay lamps and figurines … in the area of the Gihon Spring in the City of David, in the Walls around Jerusalem ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [City of David] [Israel Antiquities Authority]

August 15, 3PM

The Tigris River (called Dicle in Turkish) begins in the mountains of ancient Ararat and flows to the Persian Gulf. The Tigris is mentioned twice in the Bible. It is said to be the third of the rivers flowing out of the garden of Eden. It flows on the eas... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Assyrian Empire]

August 10, 8PM

About a month ago Wayne Stiles posted an illustrated article about “Google Street View of 7 Biblical Sites.” There is some pretty neat stuff there, especially for those who have stood in these places and looked in all directions. Check all 7 v... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Google Earth]

August 9, 1PM

Hurriyet Daily News reported today the discovery of a large number of “1,900-year-old huge columns” at Laodicea. Excavations in the Aegean province of Denizli’s ancient city of Laodicea have revealed 1,900-year-old huge columns seven meters ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [Church History] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Apostle John.] [Apostle Paul] [Book of Revelation] [earthquakes]

August 8, 7AM

Masada has caught my attention in the past few days. Those who have visited the site are aware of the Byzantine ruins, including a church, on the top of the plateau. A brochure published by the The Israel Nature and Parks Authority points out that Masada ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Masada] [Roman Army]

August 6, 8PM

N.B. This is post number 1500 since our beginning in 2007. — ♦ — The Hebrew word masada is generally translated stronghold or fortress in the English Bible. Gordon Franz (lifeandland.org) says King David visited the site of Masada at least three tim... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [family] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [David] [Masada]

August 5, 8PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced yesterday that a building from the Crusader period (1099–1291 A.D.) has been excavated. The building is in an area of the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem known as the Muristan (“a corruption of the Persian... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Church History] [Culture] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Crusaders] [hospital] [Jerusalem]

August 4, 8PM

Trent and Rebekah are “vagabonding” for forty days in Israel between the close of the Ashkelon excavation and the opening of their fall semester at Jerusalem University College (also known as the American Institute of Holy Land Studies). Last ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 29, 8PM

Most travelers to Israel have probably seen acacia trees growing along the shore of the Dead Sea. Fewer travelers have visited the Sinai Peninsula, now part of Egypt. The term acacia is used in most English versions of the Bible, but the King James versio... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [fauna and flora] [Trees]

July 28, 8PM

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has released information about the most recent season of archaeology at Tel Gezer here. Southwest aerial view of Tel Gezer toward the coastal plain. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. This summary of the most recent season... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Aerial photography] [Solomon]

July 25, 8PM

This photo of granite rocks was made at Jebel Musa (traditional Mount Sinai) in the Sinai Peninsual. It reminded me of several Old Testament references to the rock from which the Lord provided water for the Israelites in the wilderness. Granite rock on Mo... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 23, 8PM

The photo below shows almonds growing in the Jezreel Valley in late April. Almonds growing in the Jezreel Valley. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. During the days of a severe famine in the land of Canaan, Israel (Jacob) agreed to allow his youngest son Benjamin ... [Bible Places] [Egypt] [family] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [agriculture]

July 22, 8PM

This photograph of the Sea of Galilee and Mount Arbel was made from highway 807. The Sea of Galilee and Mount Arbel from the NW. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. From this point we can see the east side of the Sea of Galilee. Today we know it as the Golan Height... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [Sea of Galilee]

July 21, 8PM

Cosmetics and the painting of one’s eyes is nothing new. The photo below shows a Palm-column flask and kohl stick displayed in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The item is said to date between 1386 and 1212 B.C. Information with the item says, Th... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [cosmetics] [Museums]

July 19, 6AM

National Geographic recently released a list of Top 10 Museums and Galleries here. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Le Louvre, Paris, France The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia The British Museum, London,... [Bible study] [Culture] [greece] [Photography] [Travel] [Museums] [National Geographic]

July 18, 7AM

Archaeological digs in Israel are winding down and the maximalists are having a great time. Today’s report comes from the excavation of Khirbet Qeiyafa which is conducted jointly by Professor Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor o... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Khirbet Qeiyafa] [King David]

July 17, 8PM

A few chalices dating to the time of the destruction of the Philistine city of Gath by Hazael, king of Aram (Syria), have been announced during the current excavation at Tel es-Safi/Gath. The most recent, larger than usual, chalice was announced by Prof. ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Syria]

July 16, 8PM

Luke Chandler recently returned from participating in the excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Before leaving Israel he spent a few days with Trent and Rebekah who are excavating at Azekah. Luke reports on some of the fun the three Gentiles had on an Israeli Sa... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [blog] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [landmines]

July 15, 8PM

After the death of Solomon, the nation of Israel divided into Israel (the northern kingdom) and Judah (the southern kingdom). With the introduction of calf worship by Jeroboam, the kingdom of Israel never recovered. Eventually the kingdom fell to the Assy... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [horned altar] [Israel Museum] [king hezekiah] [kings of judah]

July 14, 8PM

Names changes are fairly common in modern Israel. Scholars in the recent past have referred to the river that flows from Banias as the Nahr (River) Banias (Nelson Glueck, The River Jordan, 1945, p. 17). The Nahr (River) Banias is the easternmost source of... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [nature] [waterfalls]

July 13, 8PM

Lake Van in eastern Turkey is a large inland body of water of about 1400 square miles at an elevation of 5737 feet. The lake is fed by a number of rivers and is highly alkaline. It is said that folks sometimes wash their clothes in the lake. Along the sou... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ararat] [Armenia] [Urartu]

July 10, 5AM

Hebrew University announces another significant archaeological discovery today. The entire press release is below.  —• — Jerusalem, July 10, 2013 — Working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Eilat Mazar] [hebrew university of jerusalem] [Jerusalem]

July 9, 11AM

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced today the discovery at Hazor of a sphinx fragment of Pharaoh Mycerinus. Mycerinus is the builder of the smallest of the three great pyramids of Giza in Egypt. The photo below was made facing east toward the Nil... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [great pyramids of giza] [Hazor] [hebrew university of jerusalem]

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Kir-hareseth figures prominently in a story recorded in 2 Kings 3. After the death of Ahab (853 B.C.), Mesha, king of Moab, rebelled against the king of Israel. Jehoram (or Joram; 852–841 B.C.), the king of Israel, did not want to give up the tribute th... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Moab]

July 6, 2PM

My friends Trent and Rebekah, participating in the archaeological dig at Ashkelon this summer, have posted a survey of the history of Ashkelon in two parts. In their most recent post which they call “Archaeology 101″ they answer some of the co... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

July 4, 7AM

This morning I went out on the front porch and made this photo of my veteran neighbor putting up the flag. A veteran puts up his flag on July 4th. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Then, I put up my flag. [Culture] [American Flag] [July 4th] [veteran]

July 3, 11AM

Beginning with the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967) I have tried to keep alert to the situation in the countries that are often called the Bible lands or the Bible World. This phrase is given to the countries of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Is... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Egypt] [greece] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Turkey] [Iran] [Iraq] [Lebanon] [Six Day War] [Syria]

July 2, 12 PM

During the midst of the allocation of the land to the various tribes of Israel, all of them gathered at Shiloh (Shilo) and set up the tent of meeting or tabernacle (Hebrew mishkan) (Joshua 18:1), which is also called the house of God in Joshua 18:31. Here... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Tabernacle]

July 1, 6AM

A Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue is being excavated at Huqoq a few miles northwest of the Sea of Galilee under the direction of Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina and Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The University ... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Jodi Magness] [Roman period synagogue] [synagogue]

June 27, 3PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced today that “three complete cooking pots and a small ceramic lamp were uncovered in a small cistern in a drainage channel that runs from the Shiloah [Siloam] Pool … to Robinson’s Arch.” Cooking... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Josephus]

June 25, 8PM

A section of the Roman road that led from Joppa to Jerusalem has been found in the Beit Hanina community northeast of the Old City of Jerusalem. This road came to light during preparation for the installation of a drainage pipe. The road is about 25 feet ... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [israel] [Photography] [Travel] [Jerusalem] [Roman roads]

6AM

Many tourists stop at Tabgha (Seven Springs, or Heptapegon) to see the mosaic of loaves and fish in the new Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. This church was built in 1982, but we know that a chapel was built at the site as early as t... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dalmanutha] [Ministry of Christ]

June 24, 9AM

After the feeding of the four thousand, Jesus went to the district of Dalmanutha. And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. (Mark 8:10 ESV) This is the only Biblical reference to a place called Dalmanu... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dalmanutha]

June 21, 8AM

Some archaeological projects have Facebook pages. Check out this one on the Egyptian site of Tell el-Amarna here. Amarna Letter from the Egyptian ruler of Jerusalem to Amenophis III. Pergamum Museum, Berlin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. This letter dates to ... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [blog] [Egypt] [Travel] [Pergamum Museum]

June 18, 8PM

Professor Lawrence E. Stager of Harvard writes about the discovery of the silver calf at Ashkelon in the summer of 1990. In the waning days of the season, on the outskirts of the Canaanite city, we excavated an exquisitely crafted statuette of a silver ca... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Israel Museum]

June 17, 8PM

‘Tis the season for archaeological digs. At Ashkelon, the Leon Levy Expedition runs from June 8 – July 19 this year. It is sponsored by Harvard’s Semitic Museum, Boston College, Wheaton College, and Troy University. I have two young friends,... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

June 13, 11AM

The Haas Promenade is fairly easy to reach from the Hebron Road (Derech Hevron) on the south side of Jerusalem. From there one has a beautiful view of the Old City of Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Those who know the city will enjoy this photo more t... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [blog] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [mount of olives] [old city of jerusalem]

June 6, 8PM

The Hula painted frog was declared extinct in 1996. But, an Israeli park ranger recently found one. Researchers have caught a total of 14 of these frogs since then. Read the story in the Smithsonian’s Smart News here. There is no word whether this m... [Bible Lands] [Bible study] [Egypt] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

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Back in April I noted here the difficulty of getting to the biblical site of Samaria in Sebastia. The hill Samaria was bought by Omri, king of Israel, to serve as the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (1 Kings 16:23-24). After a visit to Samaria i... [Bible study]

June 4, 8PM

In the previous post we mentioned that there were numerous synagogues used by Jews of the Diaspora. Paul visited synagogues in many of the cities where he preached. During his Spring travels, Dr. Carl Rasmussen visited the Greek island of Delos. Delos is ... [Archaeology] [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [blog] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bible Atlas] [Carl Rasmussen] [samaritans] [synagogue]

June 3, 8PM

The origin of the synagogue is difficult to determine, but it is generally held that it arose during the time of the Babylonian exile. Synagogues did not become common until the intertestamental period. The term intertestamental is used by many writers to... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Ministry of Jesus] [synagogue]

June 1, 8PM

In the previous post we pointed out that Ephraim, where Jesus went a short time before His death (John 11:54), is identified with Taybeh on the edge of the wilderness. Ephraim is included on the Madaba Map dating to about 560-565 A.D. Below is a photo of ... [Bible Places] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Christ]

May 29, 8PM

The raising of Lazarus of Bethany brought much attention to Jesus and His ministry (John 11). According to John’s account, beginning in verse 45, many who saw the sign believed on Him. This caused the chief priests and Pharisees to convene a council... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

May 28, 8PM

Recently during a mid-week Bible study, a brother presented a short talk on the question the LORD asked Moses. The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” (Exodus 4:2 ESV) We are not surprised to find a s... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Shepherd]

May 25, 8AM

How the Bible Came to Be is an Ebook short (about 60 pages) from The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. It is available free today only (May 25). The link I am including is only good for the United States. Here is a list of the subjects covered. Inspirati... [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [Books] [New Testament] [old testament]

May 23, 8PM

April 27 I was looking at the Ophel Excavations that are under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar. When I saw the tarp, I decided I would make a photo in hopes of learning something new in the future. The future is now. According to The Key to David’s... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Dr. Eilat Mazar]

May 22, 8PM

Churning Butter When I was a kid in the rural south, churning was done in a heavy duty ceramic pot. Butter was made by moving the stick (which had a sort of paddle attached) up and down.  I did not live in Colonial times, but the churn we used looked ve... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [Jordan] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel]

May 21, 8PM

The Sea of Galilee is called the “lake Gennesaret” by Luke (Luke 5:1). The area on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee is called the “land at Gennesaret.” In the view below we see the land of Gennesaret and the Via Maris. The travel route h... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]

May 19, 8PM

Near the end of January when I received my copy of The Satellite Bible Atlas, I decided that I would secure a copy for each member of my April tour group. Arrangements were made to have the books delivered to my tour operator in Jerusalem so that they wou... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Bible Atlases] [IBEX Israel Bible Extension] [The Satellite Bible Atlas]

May 18, 8PM

Proverbs 31 describes the Capable Wife as one who looks for the wool and the flax to use in weaving. She obtains wool and flax, and she is pleased to work with her hands. (Proverbs 31:13 NET) In the reconstructed house at Qatzrin (in Israel’s Golan ... [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament]

6AM

Numerous discoveries are made in Israel during the process of building a house, a road, or some other construction project. It becomes necessary to call the Israel Antiquities Authority so that an emergency excavation can be conducted. Israel has a wonder... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [blog] [Church History] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Byzantine]

May 16, 8PM

You have heard it many times. Many of the things a preacher reads or hears sound good. So, he repeats it the next time he is speaking on a related topic. Then the members of the congregation begin to repeat it to their friends. But, is it true that Abba ... [Bible study] [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [Ministry of Jesus] [Prayer]

May 13, 8PM

When the tabernacle (the temple of the LORD, 1 Samuel 1:9; the house of the LORD, 1 Samuel 1:24) was at Shiloh, the priests became corrupt. First Samuel 2 recounts the practices of the wicked sons of Eli. The custom of the priests with the people was that... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Tabernacle]

May 12, 8PM

Wild goats (Hebrew ya’el) are mentioned in a few Old Testament passages (1 Samuel 24:2; Job 39:1; Psalm 104:18; Prov. 5:19). This animal is often identified with the Ibex. The ibex, a type of wild goat, is still found in Southern Palestine, Sinai, Egypt... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Animals] [Animals of the Bible] [Ibex] [nature]

May 3, 12 PM

Rivers in the Desert is the title of Nelson Glueck’s 1959 history of the Negev. These rivers also may be seen in the Judean wilderness and in the Sinai. Thomas Levy followed up on some of Glueck’s research in a Biblical Archaeology Review article in 1... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Nelson Glueck] [Weather]

May 2, 12 PM

This morning we drove south from Tiberias through the Jordan Valley. At Abel-meholah, possibly the home of Elisha the prophet (1 Kings 19:16), we saw about a dozen or more camels on the hillside. I was impressed with this group of seven that stayed togeth... [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Camels] [Geological formations]

May 1, 12 PM

This morning we set out from Tiberias to reach Khirbet Kana, the likely site of the Cana of Galilee mentioned in John 2. The site along the highway from Nazareth to Tiberias that many tourists visit is the traditional site known as Kafr Kana. Jesus attend... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus] [Museum]

April 30, 12 PM

Most of our visits today were north of the Sea of Galilee. Here are some of the stop we made. The fishing port of Tiberias, where we saw fishermen bringing in some large fish. One of the owners of the Ron Beach Hotel told us these large fish were used for... [Bible study] [Travel] [Archaeology] [old testament] [New Testament] [Photography] [Bible Places] [israel] [Bible Lands] [Emperor Augustus] [Herod the Great] [Bird migration]

April 29, 8PM

12 PM

There are numerous small museum scattered across Israel. I had read about the Beit Sturman Museum at En Harod and had wanted to visit it. The Israel Museum Guide describes the museum in these terms: Beit Sturman Museum is one of the biggest archaeological... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Museums]

April 28, 12 PM

We have had two busy days. Yesterday we made arrangements to visit the so-called Solomon’s Pools south of Jerusalem, and a few other places in the Bethlehem area. The last time I was at the site was probably in the 70s. This is the sort of place tha... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ministry of Jesus]