Shalom and Blessings dear community and friends.
This past month two, fun and refreshing archaeological discoveries, from the time of King David, were found in Jerusalem and in Timna (Southern Israel, Negev Desert).
The first discovery was in Jerusalem. Researchers found seeds of different foods that are 3000 years old, learning about the food diet of ancient times. And the second discovery was in Timna. Researchers found fabric dating back, also 3000 years to the Time of Kings David that helped determinant what types of plants the Israelite's used to produce the color of the fabric. (To Read more about these discoveries scroll down). These two discoveries reminded me of another discovery.
Back in 1968, not even a year since the end of the Six Days War, a discovery was made that took researchers by surprise. The tomb of Yehohanan son of Chagol containing the first physical evidence of crucifixion was found. The body was still on the cross giving the archaeologist an opportunity to truly understand events that took place 2000 years ago. The most outstanding part was the discovery of the way people were crucified. It wasn't the way we think today... (More about this, scroll to the article below).
I find these kind of discoveries to be the bread and butter of what we do in the Bible Come to Life. We try to show people that the Holy Land is not just a place to visit for its beautiful scenery but a place were the worshipers find the truth of The Book in the form of evidence and curiosity. Some of these discoveries seem very cute and a easy read but really they hold keys to understand the people of the Bible and how they behaved.
This is not something to take for granted! 50 years ago Israel united East and West Jerusalem, it secured areas in Sameria and Judah and the Golan Heights, allowing us to see, feel, smell, hear, touch and believe the stories of Abraham, David and Jesus. The amazing discovery of the crucified man and even the reveling of the Western Wall in its entirety wouldn't be possible without the great sacrifice of the Six Days War.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in what we do but especially I'd like to thank the Archaeologist and the security forces which help us everyday to deepen our understanding of the Good Book.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10)
Shabbat Shalom and God Bless,
Omer Eshel, TBCTL CEO