Daily Archives: August 4, 2009

Reaching 200,000 hits

Overnight we registered our 200,000th hit on this blog. Our first post was May 2, 2007. Since that time we have covered two trips to Israel, two trips to Turkey, a trip to Greece and the Greek islands, a trip to Egypt, and a trip to Scotland. In addition we have reported on numerous archaeological developments and posted info on many biblical places and customs.

Actually we passed the 200,000 mark more than a week ago. Back in May we reported here on losing 3380 hits on our counter overnight.

Thanks should be extended to several people.

  • Thanks to WordPress for making this wonderful opportunity available at no cost. I would like to encourage everyone who thinks they have something worthwhile to say to get a blog and begin writing.
  • Thanks to our readers. The number has grown consistently in the past two years. We are delighted that you continue to check our blog. It has been fun to watch the increase of the traffic ranking at Alexa.
  • Thanks to everyone who has sent tips about items of interest that you think we should cover. Most of these come from acquaintances by email rather than as comments to the blog.
  • Thanks to Todd Bolen at blog.bibleplaces.com and BiblePlaces.com for his link to our page. Todd has called attention to this page several times and it has helped to increase the number of our readers.
  • Thanks to my wife for proofing many of the posts. I always appreciate her help.
  • Technological thanks to Nikon, Canon, and Adobe PhotoShop.

I would like to share a photo that is large enough to be of use to those who use visuals in teaching. This is a picture of St. Paul’s Bay on the island of Rhodes. Click on the photo for a larger image. For information about the place check our post for May 17, 2008.

St. Paul's Bay at Lindos, Rhodes. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

St. Paul's Bay at Lindos, Rhodes. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Podcast on Tell es-Safi/Gath excavation

A brief report about the Tell es-Safi/Gath excavation has been posted on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) here. A transcript is included for those who prefer to read.

Prof. Aren Maer has posted a great photo of the tell from ground level.

Tell es-Safi/Gath. Photo by Richard Wiskin.

Tell es-Safi/Gath. Photo by Richard Wiskin.

Check the web site here for a hi-res photo. Gath is the town named as the home of Goliath in the Bible.

Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (1 Samuel 17:4 NAU)

I wrote this post yesterday and waited till today to post it. Others have called attention to the podcast since that time.