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


2005

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. 


2005

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 by the year 70 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.

http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/b-hebrew/2005-January/022219.html



2005

Flat topped roof of timber and branches overlain by packed clay with clay pigeon house on edge of wall.

Mark 2 (ASV)

 "1 And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was noised that he was in the house.
  2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, no, not even about the door: and he spake the word unto them.
  3 And they come, bringing unto him a man sick of the palsy, borne of four.
  4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy (payalysis) lay.
  5 And Jesus seeing their faith saith unto the sick of the palsy (paralysis), Son, thy sins are forgiven.
  6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
  7 Why doth this man thus speak? he blasphemeth: who can forgive sins but one, even God?
  8 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, saith unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
  9 Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy (paralysis), Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy (paralysis)),
11
I say unto thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thy house.
12
And he arose, and straightway took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion."


2003

A view from the white synagogue at Capernaum towards the lake.  These were ruins from the first few centuries AD.

Parable 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
     Mustard Flowers
    
Chukar Partridges
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
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     View from the Vulture Overlook
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boat
Kursi
     
Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope near the Lake
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
     On the Mountain
     Walking on Water

     Ramot-Zelon area
     Alternate location
Mt. Hermon
The Pool(s) of Bethesda in Jerusalem

     Healing Pools
     Southern Pool
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Gihon Spring
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook of  Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
     Grape Vines at Beth Horan
     Towers

Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation 
Capernaum
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum

Bethsaida     
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
A Denarius
Casting out a demon
The Road to Jericho
     Old Roman Road
     Wilderness Above Jericho

     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of  Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
     Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias

Solar Power in Israel

Salt of the earth
Chorazin

Home Page