Before I went to Israel I didn’t realize many scholars believe Jesus was held prisoner for a short time before he was crucified. After we went to a place where archaeology seems to prove this to be true, I was stimulated to learn more after coming home.
This blog does some justice to the subject. This video clip will do some justice to the visual evidences this was the place where Jesus may’ve been held prisoner. But at the same time I felt it was more important to cover the audio of what Dr. Fleming and Barbara said about the corrupt Jewish leadership of the first century.
Click picture, Against Hypocrisy, Part 1 (3 m. 27 s.)
Click picture, Against Hypocrisy, Part 2 (3 m. 54 s.)
At the foot of the southern steps of the temple mount, there were mikvahs. This was where the beggars would beg. The first century Jews believed if a man was born blind, it was due to his sins or his parents (cp. John 9:2). The Sadducees also believed they were the privileged elite that could get off with whatever and no consequences, just because of their heritage. The scary thing is, if you believe you can be “saved and backslide” with no consequences, you’re on this same slippery slope.
Living water is also referenced in this video clip. “Living water” was any form of free-flowing water, with at least some water from an underground spring. Here’s another blog about that.
In this video, I touch on the fact that Jesus was publicly evasive about whether he was the Messiah during most of his ministry. I never thought that from reading the gospels before I went to Israel, and I’m sure you didn’t. That is unless you studied this already. But check out this blog for more on this subject.
I changed the order of these touring links from when I first made my documentary largely because it was easier to group the segments this way on each touring-Israel webpage. Also, you’ll see now in this wrap-up I’m referencing more of my blogs with more advanced learning.
Click picture, Against Hypocrisy, Part 3 (3 m. 18 s.)
Click picture, Corruption of Leadership (5 m. 26 s.)
Why was Jesus so against the buying and selling on the temple mount? Was there more to it than secular business in the house of God? Who were the Daughters of Jerusalem? Why were the Daughters of Jerusalem screaming “crucify him” just because Jesus was captured and beaten? It doesn’t make sense!
This video clip makes more sense out of whom these Daughters of Jerusalem are. This blog explains more of the implications of living with walled cities and the differences between Jerusalem and Galilee.
During the first century, why was traveling by yourself crazy? Was what happened to the traveler in the Good Samaritan parable rather predictable? Was there a real need for Lot to show hospitality to the angels that were traveling when evening was fast approaching (Genesis 19:1-3)? See more in 2 of my blogs about hospitality.
Why would it be crazy to build your house in a wadi?
Click picture, Traveling Dangers and Difficulties (4 m. 30 s.)
Click picture, Earthquakes in Israel (3 m. 28 s.)
Earthquakes in Israel, an interesting subject. How often do they occur? The time the earth opened up to swallow Korah’s followers was likely in part of this fault Dr Fleming told us about in this video.
Where was Jerusalem throughout the Bible times compared to today’s old city? At Jerusalem Dr Fleming and I also discuss the topography through the ages. I believe this might have something to do with the fulfilment of this prophecy.
It’s interesting to learn the ways in which Jerusalem retains its “ancient feel” today. Even more so, to learn what’s a good definition of “holy,” and what Paul the Apostle had to do to retain his good standing with Jew and Gentile Christians alike.
Click picture, Jerusalem (4 m. 41 s.)
Click picture, Epilogue (2 m. 17 s.)
Leviticus 11:5, “The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.” In this video clip, Hannaniah, being a Jew, would’ve had to be extremely hungry to consider eating one.
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.