|Rachel and I emerging from Hekekiah's Tunnel|
Below is the highlight video, perhaps a bit long because Rachel got several clips of her Dad teaching (the highlight function is automatic, so I am not really able to select clips or cut things):
For those familiar with Jerusalem Center rules, let me explain the picture above and some of the frames in the video below of me in seeming shorts. They were not shorts. They were my Columbia field pants, which are what are called "gators." They unzip below the knee, so right before we entered Hezekiah's Tunnel, I unzipped and took of the bottoms. And yes, after I had dried out (post Pool of Siloam) they were zipped back on lest I be a bad example for the students.
My colleague Steve Harper was ill today, so Jared Ludlow took Steve's group today, which left me on my own. I think I did all right, though I made wrong one turn and somehow, because of our haste to get into Warren's Shaft I missed the Royal Tombs of Judah (will need to show them my video of that in class tomorrow.
|First overlook, seeing Kidron, Hinnom, and Tyropoean Valleys|
|Rachel with possible ruins of David's palace|
|Rachel and Rivka demonsrtating how deep the water got (in some places) in Hezekiah's Tunnel|
|Light at the end of the tunnel!|
The tunnel currently opens up into a "Pool of Siloam" that is actually much later than the one at the time of Jesus. Still, it is fun to celebrate "getting through" there before going to the Second Temple period pool, which is where Jesus and his disciples would have visited and where the miracle of healing the man born blind was completed.
Had an interesting encounter as we left the Pool of Siloam. As we were leaving, the Israeli parks official, whom I saw watching us as I taught down at the pool, said, "You have an interesting theology. You obviously love Jesus, but you seem to love temples and Jews, too." We do not talk about the gospel here in Israel to people outside of our own faith community, but I think he got us right! So I just smiled, and we moved on.
|Teaching about Jesus!|
|Rachel and I in the excavated corner of the Pool of Siloam|
Like we did in our faculty pretrip last week, we went up the Herodian water channel tunnel and then walked home through the Kidron Valley. We talked about the application of Psalm 23's "though I walk through the valley of shadow and death" and then took pictures of the Maccabean-era tombs there before catching vans back to the center.
|Walking up the Herodian drain|
|The probable "pinnacle of the temple" where Jesus was tempted, high above the Kidron Valley|
|So-called Tomb of Zechariah|
|With Rachel in front of the s0-called Tomb of Absalom. I love being with her at these sites!|