Four-Horned Altar at Tell Be’er Sheva

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Contemporary with the cultic site at Arad was this large four-horned altar at the fortified city of Beersheba.  Like the sanctuary at Arad, it was also dismantled during the 8th century and later reused in building a wall.  This altar illustrates the altar horns to which fugitives like Adonijah and Joab clung to evade punishment.

Arad Altar

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The Iron Age fortress of Arad protected the frontier divide between the Negev desert and the Judaean Hill Country, while also guarding the lucrative trade routes passing from the Persian Gulf and Edom to Egypt and the Mediterranean.  Within this fortress, a cultic site was discovered, which was destroyed in the 8th century, likely during Hezekiah’s reforms.  It featured this large altar, as well as a Holy of Holies and may be the “House of Yahweh” referenced in local inscriptions.

New Video from Satellite Bible Atlas

The Satellite Bible Atlas by Bill Schlegel and Todd Bolen

The Satellite Bible Atlas by Bill Schlegel

This morning, I received an email from Bill Schlegel, who lives in Israel. He (and the people that work with him) have produced the Satellite Bible Atlas. I first wrote about this book when it came out over two years ago. Since then, my passion for this book has not changed. It is an invaluable piece of my library.

Since that time, they have released about ten videos that relate to different maps in the book. The latest video came out today. And it is fantastic. I encourage all of you to watch it…perhaps many times.

Knowledge of the geography of the Bible lands enhances your understanding of the Bible stories. And, this atlas and the videos assist you in that process.

At the very end of the video is a fantastic overlay of a map from the Satellite Bible Atlas on top of a 3D representation of the same area from Google. This segment of the video helps you to better understand the land that a two-dimensional map in the back of your Bible can not do.

Podcast #8 – The Oasis of En Gedi

In 1 Samuel 23, David is being pursued by King Saul in the Wilderness of Judea. Since it is a hot and dry area, David needs to find protection and water. He finds both in the oasis of En Gedi. That is what we will be discussing on this program.

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Nazareth

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Just as in the days of Christ, Nazareth is still a small city tucked away behind the mountains lining the Jezreel.  While the Basilica of the Annunciation pictured here is magnificent, of greater import are the remains of First Century dwellings beneath the local convents, which provide an insight into the community in which Jesus grew up.

Ein Harod

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Ein Harod, or the Spring of Harod, flows out of what is now called “Gideon’s Cave” on the north face of the Gilboa range, facing the hill of Moreh.  This spring flows out down the Jezreel and into the Bet She’an Valley.  Gideon was the first of many base camps and battles here, including the battle to drive the Mongols out of the Near East, as well as a refuge for the strike force that would eventually become the IDF.

6-Chambered Gate at Gezer

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One of the markers of the 10th century in Israel is the presence of 6-chambered gates and their attached casemate walls.  They can be found primarily at three important sites: Megiddo, Hazor, and Gezer.  These at Gezer are a beautiful example, with the city’s main drainage channel—which would have run under the street—exposed.

Naftali Mountain Range in Galilee and the Huleh Basin

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This photo was taken in the Naftali Mountain Range where it looks out toward the Huleh Basin.  While the region’s forests are still recovering from the devastating fires of the 2006 Lebanon War, one can imagine the difficulty of crossing these heavily forested hills with a caravan or army.  This makes passes, such as the Huleh Valley invaluable to both travels and empires alike.

Shepherd and his Sheep

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23