Daily Archives: December 16, 2010

Traveling ancient roads together

Fifty six years ago today I married a wonderful young lady who has been by my side all this time. She wasn’t always able to travel with me, especially when our children were young, but she has shared many trips with me. She often comments about how important it is for couples to travel when they are young. That, of course, is the most difficult time for those with children. We still enjoy the memories we made on our first trip to Rome, Athens/Corinth, Egypt, Lebanon, Damascus, Jordan, and Israel in 1967.

How can you stay together for fifty six years? We made a commitment to each other and to God when we exchanged our vows. That’s it.

Ferrell and Elizabeth Jenkins at the Giza Pyramids.

Ferrell and Elizabeth Jenkins at the Giza Pyramids in 2009.

Photos of the Ashkelon statue

London’s Daily Mail Online has posted some great photos of the recovery of the Ashkelon Roman-era statue uncovered by the recent storm which we wrote about here. I see now that the discovery was made a short distance north of the ancient tel. In fact, I recognize the building in the background as the Holiday Inn, 9 Yekutiel Adam Street, Ashkelon.

HT: David Padfield

Caesarea National Park closed due to storm damage

The recent storm in the eastern Mediterranean caused damage to the breakwater at Caesarea and led Israeli authorities to temporarily close the Caesarea National Park. Haaretz reports here.

The head of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Shuka Dorfman, yesterday toured Caesarea National Park to take stock of the damage to the antiquities by last weekend’s storm.

Calling the damage “a national disaster,” Dorfman noted that the breakwater, which was broken in three areas by high waves during the storm, now leaves the antiquities exposed to damage from any future high waves.

Dorfman expressed concern that the storm expected this weekend could further damage the antiquities.

“The damage from the storm is huge all along the coast, from Ashkelon in the south the Acre in the north,” Dorfman said adding that if the situation is not remedied immediately through extensive conservation efforts, erosion of the cliff along the beach would continue until it collapses, leading to “the destruction of many ancient cultural treasures of Israel.”

A year ago I wrote about a stormy day at Caesarea Maritima here. I think you might enjoy the photos there. Here is a new one.

High waves at Caesarea Maritima - 12/12/09 - Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

High waves at Caesarea Maritima - December 12, 2009 - Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Caesarea Maritima was a first century Roman capital and seaport. The gospel was first preached to the Gentiles here when Peter came from Joppa to Caesarea to tell Cornelius words by which he could be saved (Acts 10, 11).

Herod the Great built a city on the site of Strato’s Tower and named it Caesarea in honor of Caesar Augustus. It became a center of Roman provincial government in Judea. The city had a harbor and was located on the main caravan route between Tyre and Egypt. This city is called Caesarea Maritima (on the sea) to distinguish it from Caesarea Philippi.

The Apostle Paul used the harbor at Caesarea several times. He was imprisoned here for two years before departing for Rome (Acts 24:27; 27:1).