Daily Archives: April 28, 2010

Departing for Israel and Jordan

Shortly we will be departing Atlanta for Israel.

Nikon D90. Photo of the Jordan River by Ferrell Jenkins.

Ready to photograph scenes of the Bible World.

Thanks for following the blog. Hopefully you will find it interesting and helpful. After a few days in Israel we will cross the Jordan River into Jordan to visit important sites there. Then we will cross back into Israel for the conclusion of our tour.

The photo in the camera LCD screen is of the Jordan River at the traditional Bethany Beyond the Jordan from the Jordan side of the River.

These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. (John 1:28 NAU)

Things are not always what they seem

Surely I will receive a few links from friends who want to inform me that certain discoveries have been made that should be mentioned on this page. Because I am busy getting ready to leave the country I do not have time to write in detail. Please take a look at the links I suggest for reliable information.

Noah’s Ark Found. Yes, it was reported on major news outlets. See the following links:

Bible Places Blog by Todd Bolen.

Ben Witherington. Be sure to see the Bill Cosby clip, too.

Giant Skeleton Found. Michael Hasel discusses the report of the discovery of skeleton’s of giants in the recent issue of DigSight here. There is also good info on the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation and ostracon.

Samaritan Passover is today

The Samaritans celebrate passover today, April 28, 2010. Lambs will be sacrificed and roasted in the pits seen here on Mount Gerizim.

Pits used by Samaritans on Mt. Gerizim at Passover. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Pits used by Samaritans on Mt. Gerizim at Passover. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

See old photos at Life in the Holy Land here. Todd Bolen has some nice photos and explanations at Bible Places here, and another article here. A website provided by the Samaritans is available here.

Passover is a celebration that originated as the Israelites prepared to depart from Egypt.

And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. (Exodus 12:26-27 ESV)

The Samaritans are a curiosity in the modern world. The men and boys wear a dress-like robe, while many of the women dress in modern fashions. We have written more about the Samaritans here.

Samaritan man and woman on Mount Gerizim. Photo by Ferrell  Jenkins.

Samaritan man and woman on Mount Gerizim. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Jesus paused in the valley below Mount Gerizim at Jacob’s well. He discussed the issue of worship in “this mountain” with the woman of Samaria (John 4:1-42).

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:20-24 ESV)