Israel Part 4 [of 4]: Contemporary Israel

This is the final post in a series featuring pictures from my travels in Israel with the Fuller Seminary crew.

Part 1: click here for sites from the Old testament
Part 2: click here for “Intertestamental” and New Testament
Part 3: click here for Early/Medieval Church
Part 4 (this one): Contemporary Israel

Modern day Israel is a complex mixture of profound insight into the human condition, nationalism, historical depth, and kitsch consummeristic exploits of those very things. Read more “Israel Part 4 [of 4]: Contemporary Israel”

Israel Part 2 [of 4]: “Intertestamental” and New Testament Sites

This is # 2 in a 4 post series featuring a few pictures from my travels in Israel with the Fuller Seminary crew.

Part 1: Sites from the Old testament
Part 2 (this one):  “Intertestamental” and New Testament
Part 3: Early/Medieval Church
Part 4: Contemporary Israel

Under each picture will be a quick description.

Enjoy.

Banias

The archaeological site “Banias” is home to the temple of the goat-footed god, Pan,  erected in the Hellenistic period (4th/3rd century BCE). The remains of ritual sacrifices were thrown into the subterranean waters at the back of this cave- if they disappeared all was well, if blood showed up in the water down river it meant the gods rejected the sacrifice.

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Israel Part 1 [of 4]: Some Old Testament Sites

I traveled to Israel with Fuller Theological Seminary’s ANE department last quarter.  We visited sites of biblical and archaeological significance, discussing their remains and proposed interpretations.

I never understood the Old and New Testaments quite like I do now.  So I decided to share some pictures with you all.

I’ll post them in 4 parts; this one will be a few OT sites we visited, the 2nd will be some NT sites, the 3rd will be early/medieval church, and the 4th contemporary Israel.

Under each picture will be a quick description.

Enjoy.

Ein Gedi

“Ein Gedi”- an oasis just West of the Dead Sea where David hid and spared Saul’s life (1Sam 24)

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The God of Place and Time

As we approached the western face of the Temple Mount, the atmosphere struck me as an odd mixture of relaxed piety and harried activity.  Birds were flying gently overhead and roosting in the higher strata of rock while the rabbis recited prayer below.  Some of these rabbis loudly announced their prayers, milling about the crowd and making eye contact with everyone they came across, while others spoke softly into the stone.

Jesus would have seen this wall.  He would have passed it on the way to enter his “father’s house” (Luke 2:49), the house that God commanded his people to build in the hopes that he would dwell in their midst.  This wall was in front of me.

 

I walked up to the rocks which had lain there for two millennia and put my hands on them. Read more “The God of Place and Time”

Our Beliefs About The End Times Might Be Poisoning Us

Popular Christian belief about the future might be preventing us from obeying Jesus.  Even if you haven’t heard of premillennialism, chances are your church subscribes to some form of it (for Evangelicals, anyway). This particular brand of end times theology teaches of a tribulation to come, a veritable hell on earth, ushered in by discernible clues.

And many believe it starts with peace in the Middle East. Read more “Our Beliefs About The End Times Might Be Poisoning Us”