Thursday, March 12, 2009

Temple Mount West Wall

This was my first view of the "Wailing Wall" the western wall of Mount Moria or Temple Mount.
Actually Mt. Moria is mostly hidden under a lot of dirt. The wall you see here was built as a retaining wall by King Herod the Great when he enlarged the Temple Mount to build a bigger temple. This wall was not actually part of the Temple itself. It is however awesome!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Caesarea Aqueduct

King Herod the Great built this aqueduct and two others to supply water to Ceasarea. He built Ceasarea as a place for the Romans to live in Israel.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Jesus Boat

In 1999 We visited Caperenaum by the sea of Galilee and this site where archaeologist were preserving a first century fishing boat that was found during a time when lake levels were low.
Did Jesus sail in this boat?  The time frame for this boat makes it possible that he could have sailed in it. It is also likely that this boat was one of thousands that were around at the time and he did not sail in it. The model below is what the boat would have looked like new.
My three friends from the Ashkelon dig traveled with me to the Sea of Galilee  in a rental car.

Pictured here from left to right are Howard Scott, Carol Jahn and Eudora Bernsen. We all had a great time exploring northern Israel together.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Did Jesus Walk Here?

What you see in this picture is an excavated street in ancient Jerusalem just below the south wall of the temple mount.
When Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD it was covered over with dirt so the actual streets that Jesus walked on are underground. This very narrow street between two rows of homes may be the only street where the public can see where Jesus actually walked.