Group picture in front of the Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

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Delbert Warkentin

Our day started earlier today as we left at 7:30am for the Zion Gate. Our first stop, after passing through security, was going up to the temple platform where the Dom of the Rock stands. Out of respect for the month of Ramadan we did not drink any water while we were there. We were able to take a close look at the Dom of the Rock but only from the outside. It is quite breath taking to see it in person knowing how much work has been put into it. The platform currently is much larger than it was during the time of Jesus but it gave us an idea where some of the biblical stories might have occurred. Archeologists have determined that on a specific corner (I believe northwest) was where the Romans had their barracks to which Paul was taken to when he was arrested in Acts 22.

 

Group picture in front of the Dome of the Rock
Group picture in front of the Dome of the Rock

In the surrounding areas they also have Doms that represent/commemorate something, like this one represents how Jesus spoke with the leaders and teachers when he was a small boy.

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After visiting the temple grounds we went to the pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the blind man. Right next to it stands the Basilica of St. Ann, named after the mother of Mary. The acoustic was amazing as we used the opportunity to sing a couple of songs inside. Outside we then took some time to pray for the current situation in Israel as many innocent people are victims of the violence that is going on in some parts of the country and in Gaza.

Our final stop for the morning field trip was a museum where they have discovered and dug out some old foundations from houses that were built during the Herodian time. We were able to see the ritual cleaning baths inside of them which indicates that they must have belonged to the wealthy class because only they could afford to have their own inside a house. They also had some plates and stone jugs displayed that they used during that time.

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The most fascinating aspect that I learned today was the task of the ritual baths that the people had to take as well as items such as cooking utensils, jugs and other things. This was a reason why they had items made out of stone because the Rabbi’s had determined that you only had to wash them in living water to clean them and didn’t have to throw them away like with clay items.

That’s all for today, check back tomorrow to see what we have experienced then!

Please pray for Israel and the Gaza strip.

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  • Harlan Elrich

    I applaud Dr. Kriegbaum for taking a firm Christian stance. I am proud to be an adjunct faculty member and a financial supporter of such a fine Christian University! Well spoken Rich!

  • Erik Brotemarkle

    How’s that plank in your eye?

    • Brian Bennett

      No plank; you must need glasses! 🙂

  • Steve Weaver

    Thank you Dr. Kriegbaum, for your thoughtful, principled, biblical, and irenic statement on the changes that are taking place in our country politically, and how we as Christians must respond to them. Your vision and leadership are appreciated! Be encouraged that our “I AM” was, is, and will always be unchanged, through the shifting sands of human folly and cultural change, and He is forming and shaping His character in our eternal lives even in the midst of all that opposes Him and His will as revealed in the Scriptures. Be blessed!

  • Brian Bennett

    I have been alerted that there is a Brian Bennett in this discussion that is posting things that I may not agree with. Please be aware that there are often people with the same names that have very different views on issues. I am not joining this blog other to defend my name against statements attributed to me that were made by a different Brian Bennett. If you wish to hear my viewpoint on this subject we can meet face to face in a non passive aggressive manner and have a mature, adult conversation.

  • Craig Lundgren

    I don’t think you are doing your university or your church a service with this article First, the idea that the United States migtht have been a christian nation until the moment the Supreme Court ruled that gays have as much a right to marry as straight people is absurd. What about slavery and centuries of opresson of black people. What about this nation’s current indiffernce to the poor, the prisoners, the widows? What about its glorification of wealth and power? In what way did you see these things and think “christian?” And how is it that your equate your absurd reaction to a supreme court ruling as being “christ-like.” What exactly did Christ have to say about gays, except perhaps his willingess to heal the centurians servant? Nothing. He never condemned homosexuals. I read this passagel and all I see is is a privleged man, wedded to his privilege, and feeling that if he let’s the possiblity of opressing others slip from his fingers, he has lost something very precious. And all this he equates with being “Christlike.” I am disappointed, and saddened.