One trip to Masada is never enough! Witness the number of people who go back time and time again….seemingly to observe the same scenery yet hearing new voices from history on each visit. Golden Age of Jewish History Masada’s big moment, part of the Second Temple period, 166 BC to 70 AD, is often considered … More Masada, Echoes In Time
Ah….the Jordan, many rivers are more beautiful, countless are longer, wider, deeper, and cleaner, but no other river evokes such affection, serenity or peace, especially in the hearts of God’s people, as the Jordan River, one of 26 rivers in Israel. The Jordan is mentioned 175 times in the Old Testament and about 15 times in the … More The Jordan River…. That Peaceful, Easy Feeling
In 2017, the Dead Sea Scrolls celebrated their 70th birthday! Discovered in caves near the Dead Sea in 1947, these manuscripts have stayed in the top ten of archaeological finds for 70+ years. You can see God’s hand in their preservation, sheltered in clay urns, these fragile artifacts spent centuries in the driest, lowest place … More Did You Know The Dead Sea Scrolls Turned 70 In 2017?
According to Biblical accounts, the Dead Sea region was a place of refuge for David after he was anointed king and Saul, unhappy with that turn of events, plotted to kill him. It was also the world’s first health spa as Herod the Great, the Queen of Sheba, Cleopatra, King Solomon and many others dallied … More The Dead Sea, Unique, Matchless and Mesmerizing
Israel is many things to many people … A land claimed by the world’s three great religions as their place of origin; a challenging melting pot of contemporary world politics, intrigue and conflicts; a surprising land of diverse and astonishing natural beauty, complete with ethnic complexities, historical consequence and Biblical significance; an archaeologist’s treasure chest, … More Israel: Myth Buster, Treasure Chest, Surprise
If the world were to experience a modern Pompeii-like disaster and you met your demise with your new IPhone in hand, archaeologists in future centuries could reconstruct your existence, time and story in full detail….your IPhone would spill the proverbial beans. Coins and pottery are the IPhones of the past. Pottery fragments fairly shout out … More Tel Dan Stele Spills The Beans
No News Is Good News You can put this in the “believe it or not” category….on Tuesday, February 7th 2017, not one single news item about a hostile act in Israel could be found in any global news outlet. A rare day to say the least! Of course, this 24 hour respite quickly came to … More Is It Safe To Travel To Israel?
Why? Ask anyone who wants to travel to Israel, why, and the usual answer is….to walk where Jesus walked. Nothing wrong with that answer, in fact, it’s a great answer, but the Holy Land isn’t just about the New Testament, Israel fully engages you with the Old Testament! Constancy Location, location, location . . … More Megiddo, Fought Over And Prophesied About
Capernaum By the Sea In existence from the 150 B.C. to 750. A.D., Capernaum lies along the western shore of the Sea of Galilee about 3 miles from where the upper Jordan River, fed by the snow pack on Mount Hermon, empties into the lake. Situated on the Via Maris, an ancient trade route also … More Capernaum, A Stop On The Via Maris
Fact Checking Everyone loves to “fact check,” and it is usually done for good reasons. God is expressly specific throughout the Bible, He includes dates, places, people and customs. He has fleshed out inspired passages with facts that can be historically checked. Doesn’t it peak your interest when you read in John’s Gospel that the disciples netted 153 fish? That is … More Not Your Ordinary Shepherds, These Guys Were Special