Most Israeli tours (with local tour guides and other guides) start at Caesarea Maritima, although there may first be a couple of other stops en route. Caesarea Maritima is en route from the Tel Aviv airport to Galilee. Here we got an introduction to archaeology science.
Why would broken statues here impress us? Why should we be impressed by a statue of a big foot? How do clay pot shards help archaeologists? Why is archaeology a destructive science? What did archaeologists do in the past that was harmful to the science? What is a tell (or tel), and what does it look like?
I grouped my first and second tours together, flashing back and forth from the sunny day in 2002 to the overcast day of 2004. At times I have to blur a face and a voice because I wasn’t able, after being in Israel, to locate and ask for permission to include individuals in my video footage.
Click on the picture to watch my first part of Caesarea Maritima, a 7 m. 7 s. video clip
Click picture for more Caesarea Maritima, a 12 m. 30 s. video clip
What stories are in the Bible and Josephus that we can envision at Caesarea Maritima? What evidences do we find of Rome’s extravagant lifestyles and even their implied cruelties to the Jews? What was their sewage system like? Can we make sense of what archaeologists found here? Can we envision distances from a high point and a map?
How did archaeologists dig tells (tels) in the past that was so harmful to dating eras accurately? What can we learn from looking at a model of a tel and then at a real tel? What other ways is archaeology a destructive science?
Click picture, Megiddo, 1 m. 31 s. video clip
Click picture, Megiddo, 1 m. 44 s.
What was different with the walls of Solomon’s time compared to the walls before his time? What was done to walled cities to keep up with how warfare evolved over the centuries? How do you tell what was restored by archaeologists? And understand what they did cutting through different eras of time?
Why do “gates have heads” in Psalms 24:7? What was significant about the stairs dating back to Solomon’s time? What can we now understand about the “daughters of Jerusalem,” living with walled cities, and what to expect during a siege in wartime?
How did they keep their water safe from the enemy before a siege? Why was this valley called the Valley of the Armageddon?
Click picture, Megiddo, 10 m. 32 s.
Changes for my website
Praise the Lord! My students finished helping me with the latest technology and now I’ll be busy all summer with improving my presentations and organizing my material to significantly improve your experience here. If you want to keep tabs on the latest edits, check out the bottom of my blog index.
- Putting out a Fleece, Casting Lots, and Choosing that Hill to Die on February 24, 2020
- False Humility in the NT, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha, Part 3 of 3 February 17, 2020
- False Humility in the NT, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha, Part 2 of 3 February 10, 2020
- False Humility in the NT, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha, Part 1 of 3 February 3, 2020
- Christ’s Temptation as our Inspiration January 26, 2020
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My Focus in Blogging
My story of forgiveness and healing is quite unrelated to envisioning the Bible world. But since our world is sin and pain infested, I suspect many will want to hear more about my personal experience. I wrote a couple of blogs about this, but mostly I focused on envisioning the Bible world. I learned lots after being in Israel, and now I can share that with you.
Plans for Improved Website:
Now that my documentary links are all moved under the Tour Israel menu heading, I’ll be working to improve the website for visually impaired people and the SEO. This will allow many, many more hits to this website than ever before.
Thanks for your interest.