Monday, April 26, 2010

Exploration in Antiquities Center part III (last part)

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Mourners bench outside tomb

Tomb similar to the one Jesus was buried in


Stones used as weights to press the oil from the olives

The olives are placed in the grooved area at the rim of the lower stone. The smaller tire-shaped stone is rotated by hand using the wooden handle to press the olives.

The watchtower allowed landowners the ability to survey their land and detect thieves or other danger that could detrimental to their livelihood.

Two of three crosses we were shown

Animals were slaughtered as a way of giving back to God a portion of what he had given them. Ritual slaughter was meant to be merciful. No animal was slaughtered while still conscious and able to feel pain.

A temporary sheepfold was a wall of sticks and briars built around the sheep to keep out predators such as wolves. A more permanent sheepfold was a stone wall with briars and sharp sticks atop the stones to discourage marauding animals.

Contrary to the European painting depicting Christ’s birth, He was not born in a barn and placed in a wooden trough (manger) The manger spoken of during this era was inside of a cave. Stone was plentiful and wood was scarce in the Middle East. If stone could be used for an item, that is what they used. Further, a woman giving birth was considered unclean as were those who attended her or were within a certain distance of her. Another reason why Mary and Joseph may not have been allowed into relatives homes or an inn.
THAT'S IT*** whew!

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