Thinking of Lachish

This weekend I have been listening to II Kings while out walking. Of course this means that I have also been thinking of Lachish as it is mentioned several times in the narrative.

Tell Lachish, Ferrell Jenkins, Israel, Archaeology, Dig SeasonI have been to Lachish on each of my four trips to Israel, and on two of my trips spent significant time there on an archaeological dig.

Tel Lachish, Archaeology, Gate Area, Latrine, PalaceIn II Kings 14 King Amaziah flees to Lachish, but is captured and put to death. He most likely stayed in the large palace there. Here you see part of the foundation of the palace.

Lachish, Siege Ramp, Sennacherib, Lachish ReliefsIn II Kings 18 during the reign of King Hezekiah we find that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against the fortified cities which included Lachish. In the picture above you can see the remains of the siege ramp that the Assyrians built.

Lachish Reliefs, Israel Museum, British Museum, Ninevah, SennacharibLachish was taken by the Assyrians and when Sennacherib returned home he had large reliefs made of the capture of the city. Of course, there is no mention of his defeat at Jerusalem immediately after.

8th Century BC toilet, Tel Lachish, Desecration, shrineAnother account in II Kings made me think of Lachish. In II Kings 10 there is an account of how Jehu turned a temple of Baal in Samaria into a latrine after wiping out the followers of Baal.

Two years ago a toilet was found in the gate area of Lachish that dates to the reforms of Hezekiah. For more about this see my post The Lachish Latrine.

Lachish, Luke Chandler, Archaeology, videoOne more thing made me think of Lachish this past week. My friend Luke Chandler, who I have gone to Israel with three times, wrote a post about a video that has been released about Lachish.

You can read his post here, New Video on Lachish Excavation, and Watch the full video by clicking on the link.

Now back to watching some Olympic Curling.


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This weekend is a time when we think about our Presidents. However, by law there is technically only one President that is honored on President’s Day. Also, the day is officially still known as Washington’s Birthday in most of the country.

Click onĀ President’s, Presidents’ or Presidents to see what I wrote about a few years ago concerning what the day is known as. George Washington, Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day, HolidayHere is a collage of images from the life of George Washington.

Frank Andrea Miller Cartoon - General George Washington - Washington's Birthday - Valley ForgeMy family has an interesting connection to George Washington. One of my ancestors served with George Washington in the Vestry of the Truro Parish church in Virginia.

Presidents Washington and Lincoln - Presidents' Day - Marx Presidential FigurinesLincoln’s Birthday was observed last Monday so I am OK with this weekend being called President’s Day Weekend and it occurs between the two observances.

Marx President Figurines - Washington to Johnson - President's Day - Figurines - Grocery PromotionThere are of course a lot of other Presidents for us to remember. Some of them we remember well and know a lot about and others are more obscure.

One of my future reading challenges may be to read a biography of each of the Presidents. I have been thinking about the parameters of the challenge. Here are some of the possible parameters:

  • Read in order of when they served
  • Pulitzer for Biography winner if possible
  • One that I haven’t read before
  • Scholarly and not Popular if possible
  • Balanced and not skewed to left or right (especially for last 50 years)

Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts - Harrison Ancestry - Pawn StarsI am also distantly related to some of the Presidents, but most of the common ancestors are back in the 1600 or 1700’s. I want to learn more about some of these shared ancestors.

Take some time this weekend to remember our Presidents.





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