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In Two Weeks

Two weeks from tonight I will be in Ashkelon as I begin a tour of Israel.

Ashkelon Sunset, Ashkelon Israel, Mediterranean, Dinner ViewI hope that we get to Ashkelon early enough to see the sunset. If not, I have the memory of a sunset that I saw there two years ago.

The next day we will travel to the Dead Sea area stopping along the way to visit sites of interest.

Well at Beersheba, Abraham, Well Known WellsOne of the places that we will visit will be Tel Be’er Sheva or Beersheba. Later in the trip we will visit Tel Dan, so will have been from Dan to Beersheba.

Masada - Yigael Yadin - Jewish Zealots - Roman Conquest - ArchaeologyAt the Dead Sea we will visit Masada. I am planning on reading all of Yigael Yadin’s book Masada before I leave on the trip. I have read the first few chapters about how they recruited volunteers for the Masada dig and set up the dig camp. Maybe more on this before I leave.

I am also looking forward to stepping into the Dead Sea. I have been there twice before, but have not made it down to the water.

Tell es-Sultan - Walls of Jericho - Joshua - Walls Come Tumbling Down - Rahab - HarlotAlso near the Dead Sea is Jericho. Here you can see some of the walls of Jericho.

I am not sure of our entire itinerary yet, I just know where we will be each night.

Dead Sea - Israel - Lowest Point on EarthWe will spend our second night by the Dead Sea and then we will head north to Tiberias.

Sea of Galilee, Sunset, Poria Youth Hostel, Red SkyTiberias is on the Sea of Galilee, so we will have gone from Sea to Sea to Sea to start the trip.

We will spend four nights in Tiberias.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives - Dome of the RockThen we will head up to Jerusalem and explore both the city and the area around it.

As each day passes I get more excited about the trip. Especially as I will be traveling with some of my best friends.

Now back to reading.

Steven

 

Some of the Answers

Tonight I decided to share some of the answers for my post Can You Tell the Tel?

I did not receive many responses, so perhaps I started with a set of pictures that were a little bit too difficult.

For a recap, I shared five pictures of archaeological sites and asked if you could identify them.

My friend Luke was able to identify three of the five sites.

The first two were not identified, but I will post them here again with an additional clue.

Can you tell what tel this is?, archaeologyHere is the first one. The additional clue is that it is in modern day Turkey.

Can you tell what tel this is?, archaeologyThe second one is also in Turkey.

I know that I have readers who were with me when I took the pictures. Feel free to respond 🙂

Now for the answers for tels 3-5. I will start each with what I wrote in the earlier post.

Can you tell what tel this is?, archaeologyHere is tel number three. Watch out this one may be a bit deceptive.


There is a big clue here as I warned that it may be a bit deceptive. Think about who deceived Joshua and the men of Israel.

This is Tel el-Jib or Gibeon.  You can read more about it in my post The Gibeonite Deception.

I also wrote about Gibeon in The Day the Sun Stood Still.

Can you tell what tel this is?, archaeologyHere is tel number four. It has a very distinctive shape, but be careful and don’t lose your head on this one.


This one also has a clue in the description. It is a place where someone lost his head and it was thrown over the wall.

This is Abel Bet-Maacah which is where Sheba fled to when he was chased by Joab in 2 Samuel 20.

On my first visit to Abel Bet-Maacah we only took pictures from the road. During my second visit two years ago I was able to visit the dig sites of the team that is excavating there. Someday I should share some pictures from there as you have a great view from the top of the tel.

Can you tell what tel this is?, archaeologyHere is tel number five. Someday I would like to walk the twisting path to the top as there is a beautiful view from there.


This is Hippos-Sussita which is on the east side of the Sea of Galilee.  During my first trip to Israel we drove by this site. It is very near to the traditional place where the pigs ran into the sea. See my post The Sea of Galilee.

I also shared a few more pictures in my post In the BAR VII.

In a 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeological Review there was a short editorial titled Archaeological High Horse by Hershel Shanks.

The name Hippos (Greek) and Sussita (Aramaic) both mean horse.

Should I try this little game again sometime? I promise to make it easier if I do 🙂

Steven