Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jerusalem Model and Dead Sea Scrolls

In Jerusalem, is an incredible model of the city of Jerusalem how it might have looked during the time of Christ.

Here is an overview of this amazing model.

Here is a mosaic of Jerusalem at the time of the second temple.

This building is Israel's parliament.

This image shows the southern and eastern portions of the temple.

Here is a view of the temple from the north.

This sign details more about the creation of the model.

The two boxes with red tops in the middle of the image represents the place where the Pool of Siloam was located.  We would visit this place later.

John 9:1-12 (NRSV)
1 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him.
4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man's eyes,
7 saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?"
9 Some were saying, "It is he." Others were saying, "No, but it is someone like him." He kept saying, "I am the man."
10 But they kept asking him, "Then how were your eyes opened?"
11 He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' Then I went and washed and received my sight."
12 They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."

After touring the model, we went to look at the actual dead sea scrolls.
This fountain is modeled after the top of one of the earthen jars where the dead sea scrolls were found.

The outside of the museum holding the dead sea scrolls.
Due to their fragile condition, we were not allowed to take pictures of these incredible pieces of history, but what a treasure to look at these ancient texts with my own eyes.

Next stop: Bethlehem!!

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