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The Lighter Side: The “Trip” within “The Trip”

Okay, as an academic I have introduced many academic groups to the “Historical Geography” of the Holy Land.  These classes have included pre–trip readings and map markings, lectures, field trips, and exams—serious stuff.  On the other hand, I am well–aware that although most of the students (young and old) are “onboard” with what we are doing, sometimes they have different agendas (other than “academics,” like basking on the beach, meeting the local folk, etc.).

A few years ago a number of young (“A” students) produced the following—all the while really engaging with all the “academic” material.

In the video you may see some of the places that you visited on your trip(s) to Israel.  BTW – I am “featured” very briefly at 00:01 and 2:45  and check the gymnast at 1:20 on Mount Gerizim.

BTW1: this blog will self destruct in four days!
BTW2: I disavow all knowledge with regard to the filming or production of this video.

 

New Testament/Herodian Jericho

Most tour groups to Israel will visit the site of Old Testament Jericho.  However, there is a site about 2 miles south of there where first the Hasmoneans and then King Herod built a series of palaces along the Wadi Qelt.

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View looking north at Herod the Great’s Third Palace at Jericho—on the north side of the Wadi Qelt.  Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download.

From left to right is a large reception room, a large courtyard, a Roman bath (including cool, dressing, warm, and hot rooms), another courtyard and service area (sloping down and to the right).

HerodThirdPalaceDuring the winter, when there is rain, sleet, and snow in Jerusalem, generally the climate in Jericho is warm and pleasant!

Jericho was famous for the agricultural products that were grown here—especially Balsam shrubs/trees.

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This is a view of a pool that, according to the excavator, was used for the soaking of Balsam branches. Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download.

The balsam plantations at Jericho were world famous and this precious commodity was shipped all over the Roman World.  To harvest it I believe that usually not-too-deep slits were cut into the branches of the bush with either a sharp bone or piece of glass—never with a metal knife.  The sap that came out was processed for its scent.

Evidently, another method included the cutting and soaking of crushed branches, in a pool such as this, but I am not certain how that process actually worked.  I am guessing that the finished product, although valuable, was not as good quality as that produced by the method described above.

For 18 high resolution images of Herodian/New Testament Jericho Click Here.

The road leading to and from Jerusalem passed by theses palaces.

  1. Jewish Pilgrims going up to and returning from Jerusalem.
  2. Jesus’s family visiting Jerusalem? (Luke 2:41–52)
  3. The setting for the Parable of the Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25–37)
  4. Healing blind Bartimaeus (and friend). (Matt 20:29–34; Mark 10:46–52; Luke 18:35–43)
  5. Visiting Zacchaeus the [balsam?] tax collector. (Luke 19:1–10)

The following 11 minute video traces the route of this road from Jericho to Jerusalem.

See Netzer, Ehud, and Rachel Laureys–Chachy. The Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008, pp. 42–80.

“Palestine” circa 1945 – British Police

Our friends at Israel’s History — A Picture a Day have drawn our attention to an 18 minute film entitled “Palestine Police” made available by Colonial Film – Moving Images of the British Empire.

Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 5.55.52 PMThe first 5 minutes of this film presents life in Palestine circa 1944/5 with movie footage from all over the country—including a threshing floor.  The final 13 Continue reading

Bible Geography Teaching/Learning Videos

Bill Schlegel has posted 7 videos (my rough count) on YouTube where he introduces  viewers to the regions of the Land of the Bible.  The videos are linked to his Satellite Bible Atlas.

When viewing the video I suggest that you click to view the
Full Screen version.

For example video “06” treats the Jezreel Valley and Lower Galilee.  For those of us who have studied under Professor Anson Rainey and Jim Monson at the Jerusalem University College – as Bill did – the content of the video is very familiar.

For those who are not familiar with the Land of the Bible and for those who have visited the lands the videos will be very useful.  His explanations are very clear and he makes great use of useful graphics, photos, and even short interviews with his students (which I found very entertaining)!

Congratulations Bill on providing a  great on-line teaching/learning tool!

BTW – the Satellite Bible Atlas is available from the Associates for Biblical Research.  His atlas is very strong on the historical events of the biblical period and has fine maps.  If you wish for more descriptive information on the regions of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Mesopotamia—along with significant commentary on historical events—I invite you to consult my Zondervan Atlas of the Bible as well.

Two New(ish) Archaeological Videos from Eilat Mazar

Two (relatively) recent 4 minute videos on Pottery Restoration and Exposing the First Temple Period featuring the work of Eilat Mazar on the “Ophel” have been posted on “The Key to David’s City” blog.

In the First Temple video she says something along the lines of ‘I think this is the richest assemblage of 10th century pottery that we have ever had  from Jerusalem’ (begin 1:50 minute).

These videos might be of special use to teachers of archaeology.  You may want to skip the 90 second introduction to each video.

 

3D IMAX Preview

My friend/colleague Mark Meyer has alerted me to the fascinating 7:00 minute 3D IMAX video preview on Israel and Jerusalem.

Enjoy – Carl