ISRAEL PHOTOS III -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL
WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY
PARALYTIC LOWERED THROUGH A ROOF AT CAPERNAUM
This was a restored Talmudic era village modeled on ruins of a fourth - eighth century village at Qatzrin in the Golan. Similar basalt construction was found in the ruins of Capernaum during the time of Jesus.
The unhewn logs were used as rafters with branches and saplings as cross support. The top was overlain with tightly packed clay. Terracotta roof tiles were not known in rural Galilean villages during the first century AD, but where known in the region during Byzantine times.
From Capernaum National Park I was able to look to the east and see the saddle shaped ridge that Gamala was built upon. At Gamala destroyed during the Jewish-Roman War 64 - 70 A.D. by the Romans; plaster was used on the roofs of the finer homes instead of clay. There were no clay tile roofs seen at Gamala.
Luke reported the man was lowered through the tiled roof. It has been suggested the Greek for clay tile might have also meant packed clay. Many roofs of the Galilean villages were overlain with packed clay. As late as the early 20th century some of the roofs in Tiberias were of packed clay. Reports of clay leaking during heavy rains were commonplace. Sometimes grass sprouted from peoples rooftops. Luke or a later copyist might have been from a village with clay tile roofs and recorded the roof as clay tile out of a bias of thinking roofs were made of tile.
Luke 5:19 And not finding by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
Flat topped roof of timber and branches overlain by packed clay with clay pigeon house on edge of wall.
A view from the white synagogue at Capernaum towards the lake. These were ruins from the first few centuries AD.
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 Boat
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