What are the differences between northern and southern Israel? How does the dry climate of Israel affect the preservation of things for archeologists to discover? How dry does it get in the south? What can archaeologists discover from chemicals in the soil and plant impressions?
How does science help the discoveries of archaeologists? And aerial views?
Click picture, "Desert and Science Potential," 6 m. 45 s. video clip
Click picture, "Limitations of Archaeology," 4 m. 23 s.
How and why did scholars hold the Dead Sea Scrolls as hostage for so many years? In what condition were they originally found? And how do some authors and scholars expect too much from archaeology? In what ways are archaeologists hampered even now due to pride and closed-mindedness?
In this video clip I also briefly flipped back and forth from another time in the tour when we passed a Bedouin encampment. I used this brief clip to introduce the Bedouin and then I said more about them in this blog.
If you go to the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth with a local tour guide, you’ll likely be told this set of chalk stairs is where Christ’s home was. I was so glad to have Hannaniah explain in this video clip what can be certain from an archaeologist’s perspective.
Also it’s equally fascinating to have him explain about the pedestrian walk and how big Nazareth was found to be from the first century.
Click picture, "Archaeology at the church in Nazareth," 1 m. 50 s.
Click picture, "Interpretations of Archaeologists," 5 m. 32 s.
In hindsight, I should’ve had a microphone on Barbara (who spoke rather quietly) or asked her to turn off the water flowing from the pump, or both. But the text on the screen helps.
This is the footage that first opened my eyes to the differences in cultures and ways of thinking. I learned a lot in my books about this subject since then, and introduce numerous cultural differences throughout my blogs.
Why was Israel a land that “flowed with milk and honey”? What is the difference between functional and descriptive thinking? How can the imagery in Revelation and the Song of Solomon make more sense when we understand these differences?
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.