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Trip to Israel – Tel Hazor

March 5, 2012

I think Chris and I have finally come down from the high we got while one our trip to the Holy Land. It was an amazing trip – one that will forever change how I read the Bible, teach, and preach. Just yesterday when I was reading the text before I started preaching, the mention of Caesarea Philippi brought back so many vivid images and stories of being in that place.

To help tell a little bit about our trip, I’ll be posting about different places we went. Considering we took almost 1000 pictures between the two of us, I’ll try to pick out the best ones so as not to bore you too terribly much ๐Ÿ˜‰

First, a trip to Tel Hazor. This archaeological site is located outside Tiberius near the Sea of Galilee. The first picture you will see is of the Solomonic Gate dating back to the 10th Century BCE.

The next picture shows part of the city that was destroyed by fire when Hazor fell as described in Joshua 11:10-13 — “Joshua turned back at that time, and took Hazor, and struck its king down with the sword. Before that time Hazor was the head of all those kingdoms. 11And they put to the sword all who were in it, utterly destroying them; there was no one left who breathed, and he burned Hazor with fire. 12And all the towns of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua took, and struck them with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded. 13But Israel burned none of the towns that stood on mounds except Hazor, which Joshua did burn.”ย  You can see the burned areas where the stone is dark and black.

The last picture is of an ancient olive press found in one of the courtyards.

Consider this just a little intro into what is to come – and it gets way better! ๐Ÿ™‚

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