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The Tale of the Tel: Solomon’s Gates (1 Kings 9:15)

One of the lingering questions concerning the reliability of the Bible has been whether Kings David and Solomon ever really lived and if they did, was the nation of Israel a powerhouse or just a little backwater nation. Beginning in … Continue reading

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Caesarea—Explore Israel’s Harbor & Herod’s Palace

Caesarea—Explore Israel’s Harbor & Herod’s Palace by Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/caesarea-explore-israels-harbor-herods-palace/#more-6166 The straight line of Israel’s seacoast has never lent itself to significant harbors.For centuries, only Joppa in the south and Acco in the north provided modest havens for ships. But in … Continue reading

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Lachish—Blending the Bible, History, & Archaeology

Lachish—Blending the Bible, History, & Archaeology by Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/lachish-blending-the-bible-history-archaeology/#more-6102 Screams of war had occurred precisely where I stood.Hebrew and Assyrian arrows spraying at each other. Sling stones crushing armor and skulls. Assyrian battering rams methodically picking apart the city’s … Continue reading

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Jericho—Joshua’s Battle Continues Today

Jericho—Joshua’s Battle Continues Today by Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/jericho-joshuas-battle-continues-today/ On the monochrome landscape north of the Dead Sea, a conspicuous green splotch appears at the western edge of the Jordan Rift Valley. “The city of palm trees” exemplifies what we imagine … Continue reading

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The Pool of Siloam—Connecting Sukkot and the Messiah

The Pool of Siloam—Connecting Sukkot and the Messiah by Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/the-pool-of-siloam-connecting-sukkot-and-the-messiah/#more-4138 While enjoying the delightful movie, Ushpizin, I laughed out loud when the family’s uninvited guest sliced the expensive etrog—a citron reserved for Sukkot—and casually ate it. Clearly, he had no … Continue reading

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Tel Dan—Worshipping at the Altar of Convenience

Tel Dan—Worshipping at the Altar of Convenience by Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/tel-dan-worshipping-at-the-altar-of-convenience/#more-4049 Shady walkways. Cool breezes. Abundant streams. Luxuriant foliage. The Tel Dan Nature Preserve draws the locals as well as the travelers. It always has. (Photo: The high place and … Continue reading

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Echoes of Rosh Hashanah at the Place of Trumpeting

Echoes of Rosh Hashanah at the Place of Trumpeting by Wayne Stiles  http://www.waynestiles.com/echoes-of-rosh-hashanah-at-the-place-of-trumpeting/#more-3969 Whenever I visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, I’m eager to walk to the southwest corner of the Temple Mount.I’ve never been to this corner on Rosh Hashanah or … Continue reading

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The Kidron Valley— Your Burial Can Point to Your Faith

  The Kidron Valley— Your Burial Can Point to Your Faith By Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/the-kidron-valley-your-burial-can-point-to-your-faith/#more-3702 Do you know where you’ll be buried? The place where someone chooses to get buried is always significant. A hometown family plot is common. The … Continue reading

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Tel Dan Stele—Providential Ironies in Favor of King David

Tel Dan Stele—Providential Ironies in Favor of King David by Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/tel-dan-stele-providential-ironies-in-favor-of-king-david/#more-3617 SSometimes Israel’s archaeology offers marvelous vindications to its history and the Bible. Gravel pathways of the ancient site of Tel Dan lead to a large, rock wall—a city … Continue reading

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Nebi Samwil—A Site with Wisdom Ignored

Nebi Samwil—A Site with Wisdom Ignored By Wayne Stiles http://www.waynestiles.com/nebi-samwil-a-site-with-wisdom-ignored/ Most travelers to Jerusalem neglect to come to Nebi Samwil.The minaret towering above the hill looks like a misplaced lighthouse searching for the sea. On a clear day, in fact, a … Continue reading

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