The Roman soldiers (Matt. 27:29) . . . twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.
A “Crown of Thorns” made from a branch of a tree just outside of Dominus Flevit on the Mount of Olives. Click on image to Enlarge and/or Download.
Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
John 19:2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe . . . John 19:5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
View looking west over the Old City of Jerusalem from within Dominus Flevit. The “golden” Dome of the Rock is visible beyond the cross, and to the right of the Dome the grey Domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are visible. Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download.
You can view/download 10 images of Dominus Flevit Here.
Shmuel Brown has a very interesting/informative post about the intrigues, via Iran, entitled “Introducing Fallow Deer” [to Israel]. This is an amazing story!
Photograph by Shmuel Browns
Shmuel Browns is an Israeli Tour Guide/Photographer and also has an online store, “Designed in Israel,” where Calendars, Cards, T-Shirts, and Tote Bags featuring his photography can be purchased.
On a recent trip to Israel our student group was preparing our lunch at the picnic grounds on the site of Banias (NT Caesarea Philippi—think Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ/Messiah—Matthew 16:16 and gospel parallels). Looking up from our lunch, much to my surprise I saw a herd of about 15 wild boar near another picnic table close to us (adults plus young ones)!! During my 15 years in Israel I had never seen a wild boar in the wild and here we were IN a Jewish national park and there they were!
Two Adult Wild Boar near a Picnic Table at Caesarea Philippi Click on Image to Enlarge/Download
When we tried to approach them (bad move) they made aggressive moves towards us—in fact some of the students had to run away! Their aggressiveness was evidently known to the Psalmist who wrote that God’s people were like a fertile vineyard that had been ravaged by animals, including boars—depicting how foreign nations had ravaged Israel.
Boars from the forest ravage it [the fertile vineyard]
and the creatures of the field feed on it.
(Psalm 80:13 NIV)
In the New Testament there is a reference to not throwing “your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces“!!
Two Adult Wild Boar and 5 Piglets Foraging in the Picnic Grounds at Banias (= NT Caesarea Philippi) Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download
Pigs (domesticated boars) and boars are mentioned 22 times in the Bible. They were unclean, and not to be eaten by the ancient Israelites (Lev 22:7; Deut 14:8). In the New Testament there is the famous story about Jesus casting demons into “a herd of swine” that rushed down a steep bank into the sea [of Galilee] (Matt 8:28-34; Mark 8:28–34; Luke 8:26–37) and also of the “Prodigal Son” who resorted to eating the pods that the [domesticated] pigs were eating—in a distant country (Luke 15:11–32).
Two Adult Wild Boar Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download
“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”
(Proverbs 11:22 NIV)
I am told by expert guide Ofer Drori that there are plenty of the creatures in the Golan, Galilee, and Mount Carmel. Possibly they multiply rapidly because both Jews and Muslims are forbidden to eat them.
Photos courtesy of: Lorna Davis, Brady Bobbink and Joe Kirkland.