JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL 2017
19_TEL HAZOR AND TEL DAN
Tues June 20
From Hazor, our touring group of archaeologists and volunteers from the dig at Shiloh (directed by Dr. Scott Stripling) journeyed farther north on the same morning to Tel Dan.
Tel Dan is beautiful for its lush forest at the foot of Mt. Hermon—the fabled old man mountain who always wears a capelet of snow.
This is after days of landscape consisting mostly of dust, dirt, pebbles, rocks, stones and more rocks. All associated with the ancient stone buildings and its tall hills and medium mountains. There is no lack of building material there.
No pic, but a broken stone wheel provided a stepping stone to cross a small stream. Imagine a bridge in the 23rd century across a small stream or river constructed of 20th century hubcaps and wheels. 😉
More pictures of Tel Dan from our 2010 visit there:
Gates to these ancient cities are more than a door post set in a socket stone.// As in the Book of Ruth, Boaz went to the city gate where there were places to sit with others where city business was transacted.
Solomon built 6-chambered gates, like the one at Megiddo where his people conducted trade and levied taxes for passage through the ridge that Megiddo sits on.
Another picture of 2010 is of a derelict Syrian dirt mover. We were told it was abandoned in 1967 when they tried to divert the flow of water from Mt. Hermon to the Jordan River. Our guide told us few people know that the main reason for the start of the war of 1967 was to defend Israel’s rights to this water.
The frozen fruit bar was so excellent and excellently cold! Strawberry inside blackberry outside. Yum!