Wednesday, April 22, 2009

South Wall of the Temple Mount

If you look carefully in the center of this picture you can see three doors that were filled in with stone. That lower section was the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jesus day. During the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans The great doors were filled in to fortify the Temple complex for a last ditch stand by the Jews. It didn't work!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tiberias Castle

In Tiberius by the Sea of Galilee is this ruin of a crusader castle. A reminder of a time of European conquest of the Holy Land.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Jerusalem Street

This is not a mall but a covered street in old Jerusalem. The shops on the left are closed.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Floating In the Dead Sea

Here are some of my friends from the Ashkelon dig floating is the Dead Sea. Even a  minor abrasion of the skin was a cause for instant pain in that brine. What an interesting feeling to not be able to sink into the water.