I’m still here! I realize it has been five days since my last post…but in all honestly, there hasn’t really been much to report!
ALL THAT HAS CHANGED NOW!
Today, I had my first Archaeology of Jerusalem class. HOLY FANTASTICALNESS BATMAN! It’s AMAZING! I have never been sucked into a class as much as I am entranced now.
We spent the entire class time today going over the Iron Age II (1st Temple Period), King David, and King Solomon. We went over when the Assyrians started conquering the country (732 B.C.E.), the reign of King Hezekiah (701 B.C.E. – whose claim to fame was building an underground system to get water into the walled-in city.), and the destruction of Jerusalem (586 B.C.E.). Holy SPIMOLEY! I can’t wait to learn more and start visiting the places that I’ve just begun reading about.
I actually read the bible for the first time ever (outside of my Bat Mitzvah…which TOTALLY doesn’t count).
I think reading the bible for the first time made me start thinking about why I have shunned it for so long. I had never really read outside of my Torah portion. For those of you who are Jewish, it was Bereshit. For those of you who aren’t Jewish, my Torah portion covered the first three days of creation. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Obviously, this is a very “God-heavy” section of the Old Testament. Unfortunately, with my semi-conflict of faith, this somewhat turned me off of the big book. I have (for the last five years or so) had a very hard time believing in God. Straight up. No denying it. I have a very hard time believing in something that cannot be proven in some way, shape, or form. I think it has something to do with the way I was taught in school…I find it much more believable to think that science is the answer to everything. (Or simply the number 42…either or.)
That’s the main reason I have always shied away from biblical teachings. I thought the entire book was like that.
I WAS SO WRONG!
My first readings for my Arch. class were bits and pieces from the Old Testament. If you’re interested…
Genesis 14:18Joshua 10:1Judges 1:8Judges 19: 10-132 Samuel 5: 6-91 Chronicles 11:1-92 Samuel 62 Samuel 11: 1-272 Samuel 24: 18-252 Chronicles 3: 11 Kings 3: 1-221 Kings 61 Kings 71 Kings 8: 1-112 Kings 18: 14-172 Kings 202 Kings 25: 1-13
Never before had I considered the bible to be a historical document. So much can be learned from it that can’t be found in any other writing, simply because it wasn’t documented or it was and was never found.
Example: The only reason we know what King Solomon’s temple and palace looked like is because of 1 Kings 6 & 7. And sure, these particular sections might be eye-gougingly dull…but there is no mention of Godly miracles in ANY of them. Just a description of historical figures, revolutions, the downfall of civilizations…everything that I was taking this Arch. class FOR!
Holy crap! EYES OPENED!
I’m not saying I’m going to go out and read the whole thing…but if there are more passages like this, I just might read bits and pieces.
(Let’s also not forget to mention that half the appeal is getting to visit these places…hopefully when I’m back home, it won’t lessen my desire to continue learning about it all.)
Right. Now! Moving away from the hot topics…
I have spent the last three days viciously planning a trip during Sukkot break. Here is the basic itinerary.
- 10:00 bus to Haifa
- Arrive in Haifa around 12:00.
- Check in at the Port Inn (that supposedly has WiFi)
- Rosh Hanikra Grottos
- Beach/Shopping Centers/Scoping out downtown
- No official plans…Don’t know how Haifa handles Shabbat
- Tikotin Japanese Art Museum at 10:00
- Gan Hapsalim Sculpture Garden
- Return to Jerusalem
- Do laundry
- Attend BBQ with cast of Les Miserables.
- 7:00 bus to Eilat
- Arrive around 12:00
- Check in at the Arava Hostel
- Snorkel? Wander aimlessly?
- Get up at the butt crack of dawn
- Head to Petra
- Head back to Jerusalem on a bus of unknown time (as of now)
- Relax and breathe again…
I am most definitely looking forward to this trip. I mean hey, it’s not Paris…BUT IT’LL DO! =D
I plan to take hundreds of pictures. No worries, I’ll attempt to handle my text:picture ratio well in the few upcoming posts.
Catch you on the flipside!