ISRAEL PHOTOS III -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL
WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY
Looking east near the mouth of Wadi Qelt. The modern aqueduct was close to the course of an old Roman aqueduct that brought water from a spring upstream to western Jericho (Eriha). Herod built a palace near the the white plastic greenhouses along the dry wash (left of center). This black top road may have been over the top or parallel to the course of an Ottoman road built close to the lines of the old Roman road as one traveled either down to Jericho or up to Jerusalem. According to some of the research I read not much remains of the original Roman road. Parts of it paralleled the modern road down towards Jericho. In other places the modern road departs from the old road course.
Some tradition indicates the Good Samaritan whom Jesus commended for his charity might have stayed in an inn near the halfway point between Jerusalem and Jericho. Others indicated the inn was probably in Jericho.
There were numerous goat trails, military roads, and
Bedouin roads in the area, the ruins of the road are difficult to locate as much
erosion occurred during the winter flash floods of the past two thousand years.
This is a Roman road photo from the ruins of Sephoris near Nazareth, the stone pavers showed tracks from ancient wagons in the Roman-Byzantine marketplace. Many Roman roads contained no pavers and others that used to be of made of pavers are gone as the stone was robbed for other uses.
The remains of a 1st century pavement below the Western Wall/Ophel Historical Park, Jerusalem
The photo is of a late Roman staircase cut into the rock by hammer and
chisel at Akrabiim/Scorpian Pass in the Negev.
The road here was passable by people and pack animals.
In flat places the ancient road was a beaten track cleared of stones. This road grade was above the Scorpian Pass ascent near the ruined fort Horbat Zafir in the Negev.
George A. Barton reported a Roman road whose line of pavers was yet visible intersecting another Roman road 4 miles north of Jerusalem that led down to Caesarea. He presumed this was the road that was used by the Romans to transport Paul to Casearea (Acts 23:23-24) in his Archaeology and the Bible 7th ed., 1937.
of the Mustard Seed
A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
A Branching Mustard Plant Near the Jordan River/Bethsaida
Mustard Field March 1999
Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue
The Fig Tree
Mt of Olives Fig Tree April 12-13, 2005
Fig and Pomegranate trees below Siloam in Jerusalem
Israel Photos II fig tree page
Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
The Olive Harvest of Samaria
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
View from the Vulture Overlook
Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Caves and/or Tombs
Steep Slope near the Lake
Feeding the 5,000
On the Mountain
Walking on Water
The Pool(s) of Bethesda in Jerusalem
Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
Overlook of Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
Grape Vines at Beth Horan
Over the edge
View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
The Basilica of the Annunciation
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
Casting out a demon
The Road to Jericho
Old Roman Road
Wilderness Above Jericho
Gethsemane and the Cave of Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Solar Power in Israel
Salt of the earth