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Archeological Digs

By Dr. Randall Smith|


Israel is one of the premier spots in the world for anyone interested in archeology. The amount of history buried beneath the land is awesome, and the thrill of uncovering these treasures from the past is a treat like no other.

At any given time, top Israeli professionals can be found conducting archeological expeditions and projects at numerous sites throughout the country.

Bethlehem

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Situated in the mountains just south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem has played a pivotal role in history. Nearby, the matriarch Rachel is buried and her tomb is a pilgrimage site to this day. To Bethlehem, Ruth the Moabitess comforted her mother-in-law Naomi with the words, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.

Biblical Sites

By Dr. Randall Smith|

Special thanks to Dr. Randall Smith and Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd. for the Biblical Sites Scripture Index and short articles on selected biblical sites listed below. Neither the index nor list of selected sites are exhaustive, but are merely a starting point for your journey.

 

Biblical Sites Scripture Index
Ashdod
Ashkelon
Banias (Caesarea Philippi)
Beersheba
Beth Shean
Beth Shemesh
Bethany
Bethel
Bethlehem
Bethpage
Bethsaida
Capernaum
Dan (Tel Dan)
Sea of Galilee
Hazor
Hebron
Jaffa
Jericho
Jezreel Valley
Megiddo
Mt. of Beatitudes
Mt. Hermon
Mt.

Ein Gedi

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Ein Gedi is a tropical oasis rich in flora and fauna whose Hebrew name means, "spring of the young goat". David fled to the caves of Ein Gedi when hiding from Saul:


"And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi?.

Tiberias

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Tiberias is 2,000 years old, constructed by Herod Antipas around the year 20. The city was dedicated to the Roman Caesar Tiberius, and is mentioned only in passing in the Gospels: "Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks." .

The historian Josephus Flavius reports in his book "The Jewish War" that during the Great Revolt against the Romans the inhabitants of Tiberias surrendered to the Romans without a fight.

Tabgha

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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At the time of Jesus, scholars believe Tabgha was an uninhabited farming area. The Greeks called the region "Heptapegon", or Seven Springs, and in Arabic the name changed form and became Tabgha. Some Christian historians have surmised that Jesus may come here when looking for solitude in which to meditate, especially since it was close to the Galilee city of Kfar Nahum (Capernaum). Today, Christians recall two of Jesus? miracles: the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and the event of St.

Sodom

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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While Abraham had discovered that God desired man to live according to a set of moral precepts, most of the ancient world continued to worship idols and practice abominations. The best known of these wicked cities are Sodom and Gomorrah.

God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because "the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was so great and their sin so grievous?" . However, assuming that there were at least a few righteous souls in the two cities, Abraham begged that they be spared.

Shiloh

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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After Joshua conquered the Land of Israel, the Ark of the Covenant was placed in the village of Shiloh. Located in the area settled by the tribes of Benjamin and Ephraim, Shiloh became known as the "place of the Lord?s Tabernacle." It was to Shiloh that the Israelites brought their sacrifices. It was at Shiloh that the priest Eli promised that Hannah would bear a son.

Nazareth

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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In the hill country of the tribe of Zebulun, a small village existed for almost two thousand years before the birth of Jesus and yet was virtually unknown in ancient texts and references. This village was unwalled and unprotected, built into a small chalk ridge with a single source of water several hundred meters away from the main body of the village. Small caves were closed in the front to make homes, used for generations.

Mt. Tabor

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Travelers passing through the lower Galilee can?t help but be impressed by the splendor of a dome-shaped mountain that towers above the road. Great stories of the Bible are restored here, like the battle with the king of Hazor recorded in Judges 4 &5.