ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

FIRST CENTURY ROLLING STONE TOMBS  - JERUSALEM

Herod Family Tomb, Jerusalem, April 2005
This tomb has been identified as the Herod family tomb.  Herod died about 4 B.C. and probably was not buried in his family's tomb.  The tomb is located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City in a park between the windmill and the King David Hotel.


Queen Helena of Adiabene tomb, "Tomb of the Kings",  April 2005

This tomb was constructed about 50 A.D. by a Queen who converted to Judaism and then moved to Jerusalem.  It is located near the American Colony Hotel, in Jerusalem, near the city center.  


Inside the Queen Adiabene tomb, April 2005

Inside the tomb was a large room.  It was big enough to walk around in.  In two of the walls were three burial niches intended for the queen and her two sons. 


April 2005

These tombs were from the time of Jesus.  The tombs were sealed with blocking stones to prevent hyenas and jackals from disturbing the remains of loved ones.  Some tombs were sealed with square or rectangularstones, others with slightly rounded or near perfectly rounded stones.  The Gospel indicated Jesus was buried in such a tomb, but did not stay there long.
 

Mark 16 (American Standard Version)

 1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.
 2 And very early on the first day of the week, they come to the tomb when the sun was risen.
 3 And they were saying among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the tomb?
 4 and looking up, they see that the stone is rolled back: for it was exceeding great.

John 20

 1 Now on the first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, while it was yet dark, unto the tomb, and seeth the stone taken away from the tomb.
 2 She runneth therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we know not where they have laid him.
 3 Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb.
 4 And they ran both together: and the other disciple outran Peter, and came first to the tomb;
 5 and stooping and looking in, he seeth the linen cloths lying; yet entered he not in.
 6 Simon Peter therefore also cometh, following him, and entered into the tomb; and he beholdeth the linen cloths lying,
 7 and the napkin, that was upon his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself.
 8 Then entered in therefore the other disciple also, who came first to the tomb, and he saw, and believed.
 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 1
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So the disciples went away again unto their own home.
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But Mary was standing without at the tomb weeping: so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb;
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and she beholdeth two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
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And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
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When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and beholdeth Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
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Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
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Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turneth herself, and saith unto him in Hebrew, Rabboni; which is to say, Teacher.
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Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.


Photo from the Library of Congress collection -- c. early 20th century

THE RESURRECTION OF LAZARUS

Jesus Comforts the Sisters

 17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles[a] from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
 21"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
 23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
 24Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
 25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
 27"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ,[b] the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
 28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you." 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
 32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34"Where have you laid him?" he asked.   "Come and see, Lord," they replied.
 35Jesus wept.
 36Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
 37But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

 38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39"Take away the stone," he said.
      "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."
 40Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
 41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."
 43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
      Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

For numerous other passages about resurrection:  Biblegateway.com + resurrection

OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES POINTING TO RESURRECTION

Isaiah 26 ASV

16 Jehovah, in trouble have they visited thee; they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
17
Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain and crieth out in her pangs; so we have been before thee, O Jehovah.
18
We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19
Thy dead shall live; my dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast forth the dead.

Daniel 12 ASV

 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
 3 And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Ezekiel 37 - ASV

The Valley of Dry Bones
 1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
 2
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
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He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"  I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know."
 4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
 5
This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
 6
I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.' "
 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
 8
I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
 9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' "
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So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.'
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Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
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Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.
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I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.' "
17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.
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She said to Elijah, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?"

I Kings 17 - ASV

17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.
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She said to Elijah, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?"
19 "Give me your son," Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed.
20 Then he cried out to the LORD, "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?"
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Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!"
22 The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived.
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Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!"
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."

David Hall  --  dqhall59@yahoo.com

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 Boats
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

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