Saturday, April 18, 2009

Baptistery in Jerusalem

While in Jerusalem I visited an Episcopal Cathedral and was surprised to find this baptistery near the entrance to the sanctuary. It has two sections one dry for the priest to stand in and the other wet for the person being baptised to be immersed in. 

The interesting thing is the the Episcopal church sprinkles and does not immerse. The priest on duty there told me that it was there to appease the Greek Orthodox. Go figure!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

In the Cave Opening at Qumran

My friend Carol - a preachers kid - and my self are in the opening of the cave where the first scrolls were found. What an exciting day.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Living In Qumran

Archaeological excavations at Qumran are revealing how the residents lived and worked. The place was occupied at three different times by three different groups. Sorting them out is part of the fun. I would love to dig there. Brother was it ever HOT!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Qumran Cave

In 1947 a goat wandered up the side of this cliff being chased by a Shepherd boy. The goat ran into the cave and the boy tossed a rock in to the cave to scare the goat out of it. He heard a clink and the sound of breaking pottery - The "Dead Sea Scrolls" had been discovered.

Today there is a trail up the side of that cliff but it is still a tough climb - It was awesome to clime up and go into the now empty cave.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Qumran Caves

One of the most exciting things about digging in Israel was visiting the dig site at Qumran on the wet side of the Dead Sea. Here a community of Jews set themselves aside to live according to the Law of Moses and prepare for the battle between the sons of light and the sons of darkness.

When that community saw that their place was being threatened they hid their most precious scrolls high up in secreted caves where they remained until 1947 when they were discovered by accident.  Practically no other material in Hebrew and Aramaic has survived from the time of Christ so these manuscripts have been studied carefully by many scholars.

The site is hot and very dry so many of the scrolls were well preserved. Many others were in small pieces that were almost impossible to reconnedt until the age of the computer. Some of it was scripture like a complete Isaiah scroll but others were more like a laundry list for the community.

This is a place that you MUST visit if you travel to Israel.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Empty Tomb

The tomb in the previous post is EMPTY!
Happy Resurrections Sunday!