ISRAEL PHOTOS III -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL
WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY
1 Now there were some
present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood
Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answered and said unto them, Think ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, think ye that they were offenders above all the men that dwell in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
January 2006 Location of Siloam
According to Josephus, the Roman wall of Jerusalem turned from N-S to E-W above Siloam. The lower pool connected to a nearby upper pool in the vicinity of the Siloam tunnel was in the photo (above) below the blue arrow. The Roman wall turned close to the pool, above the pool. The new third wall built by Herod Agrippa at the north end of the city after Jesus' glorification was 20 cubits high (about 36 feet/11 meters high). Josephus explained the old wall (the one above Siloam) had 60 towers in its entire length. The Herodian towers in the NW part of the city where 20 - 30 cubits higher than the top of the old wall with battlements and turrets. (Josephus War Book V Chapter IV). The tower of Siloam mentioned in the Gospels may have been much higher than an already high wall as it was described as very formidable not needing any additional walls behind it as the steep slope below it added to its stature.
A Roman Cubit was 17.5 inches or 444.5 mms.
The Lower City of Roman era Jerusalem was between the Kidron Valley on the right, the Pool of Siloam at the bottom, and the Turkish walls at the top of the photo. The current walls of Jerusalem were built more than 400 years ago, although the base of one of Herod's towers remained in the modern wall near the Jaffa gate.
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