Tuesday, January 03, 2006

ISRAEL - DAY 6

This is a typical sheepfold, currently not in use. We saw this as from a viewpoint of the town of Michmash near the pass which Jonathan scaled the cliffs and proceeded to defeat the Philistines who had taken the town.

We have just finished the first part of our class here in Israel - the Jerusalem area and the CentralBenjamin Plateau. We really do feel like we know the layout of this part of the country and how it relates to the biblical events that happened here from Abraham, Joshua, David/Solomon, Hezekiah, & Jesus' times. We have had a really great instructor. He is an American who has lived and studied here in Israel for the better part of 2 decades, so he really knows the geography, history and archaelogy of the area.This morning we had the test and then they gave us the rest of the day off, so we've been taking it easy. First we walked around the ramparts of the city walls... from the GWe have just finished the first part of our class here in Israel - the Jerusalem area and the CentralBenjamin Plateau. We really do feel like we know the layout of this part of the country and howit relates to the biblical events that happened here from Abraham, Joshua, David/Solomon, Hezekiah, & Jesus' times.We have had a really great instructor. He is an american who has lived and studied here in Israel for the better part of 2 decades, so he really knows the geography, history and archaelogy of the area.This morning we had the test and then they gave us the rest of the day off, so we've been taking it easy. First we walked aroundthe ramparts of the Jaffa Gate to the Lions (or St. Stephens) Gate. They don't let you walk on the walls surrounding the Temple Mount though. It was probably 2 or 3 miles. Beautiful day and beautiful view.
Yesterday was also a gorgeous day... we went west to the Gezer-Tel (Tel = a mound/hill of dirt that is an ancient city in ruins and now an archeological dig). From there we looked down on the Aijalon plains and up to Jerusalem. We also had a good view of the Central Benjamin Plateau. From there we drove to the high place where Solomon asked God for wisdom (Nebi Samwil) - it really is a high place - you could see Gibeon, Gibeah, Ramah as well as the Mt. Olives and Jerusalem.
In the afternoon we headed east towards the Jordan Rift Valley and ended up at Jericho which is the oldest city in the world. We saw a very old city tower (estimated date 7000BC - debateable cause of flood date) and the place where the walls fell down in 1400 BC. Very cool. We also saw Herod the Great's summer palace. That man has amazing constructions.
We drove back through the Judean Wilderness... what a bleak and very lonely place.
We are both holding up well and thoroughly enjoying this experience. It has been a very fast pace and we do a lot everyday... barely a moment to catch your thoughts and really meditate on what we are seeing. I am sure there will be time for that when we get back!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the pics...I didn't realize how close together everything really is over there. Sounds amazing.

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  2. Thanks for posting. Sounds amazing. It's good that you are capturing some of it with words and pictures...not only for us, but for yourselves. I really miss you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMSIES!!! :)

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  3. Mumsies said...
    Great to get the pictures. Looking forward to seeing them all - good to hear from you too. Now, thanks to Debbie, everyone knows it's my birthday ;-)

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  4. Sounds like you're having loads of fun!

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