What is an insula? Why are scholars fairly certain this was where Jesus was regularly received in Capernaum during his ministry? How do art renderings based on archaeological findings picture what Jesus likely called “his own home” in Matthew 4:13?
Click picture, Capernaum Introduction, 3 m. 57 s.
Click picture, Capernaum Part 2, 3 m. 40 s.
What differences are there from our westernized, individualized culture and the ancient Jews who lived in insulas? What was it like to be a woman in that era and area? What rights did she have and not have? And how is John 14:2 supposed to comfort us?
Why would Jesus tell his disciples to pray in their closets? What were their closets like? What is a difference in culture from the west that still affects Israel’s culture today?
Women’s rights were further described here, and life in the synagogue. And what about the millstones? Why were they made from basalt rock?
Click picture, Capernaum Part 3, 4 m. 51 s.
Click picture, Capernaum Part 4, 1 m. 47 s.
Roofs in Christ’s era–how did they usually make them? What about the rich people, or the guest room, or kataluma? And what’s the difference between the original audiences of Matthew, Mark and Luke? Why would this affect how they word the same story?
Changes for my website
After I had students help me improve my website last year, I did a lot of work to add and change many things. But my “Contact Us” webpage didn’t get fixed so my users could reach me. Also, there were other technical things that could improve my website. Now I have a student who plans to finish what I started last year in May of this year. Check for any adjustments in May at 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 see if I can get my website working better for the visually impaired. This requires a lot of work and my student may be too busy with other technical fixes. I’ll see what I can get done by the end of May, 2023.
Thanks for your interest.