03.06.2012 - 03.06.2012
This morning Jeanette and I (and an Episcopalian priest who has become a friend of ours and is also from the Denver area) walked from the college into Old Jerusalem to attend worship at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. After lunch we went to the Israel Museum, an amazing museum with, among other things, many priceless archeological finds. We saw there the actual sacrificial altar from tel Beersheba (we had seen a reproduction of it when we were there), probably dismantled by Hezekiah at the time of his reform (photo); an ancient "board game" that had been discovered (photo); an amulet with an inscription of the Priestly Benediction, Numbers 6:24-26, which is the oldest portion of the Scripture ever found (some 400 years before the Dead Sea Scrolls) (photo); and many other interesting artifacts. We also saw again the outdoor model of Herodian Jersualem (at the time of Jesus) (photo), and walked quickly through the Shrine of the Book (housing the Dead Sea Scrolls).