Project #2: Vagabonding in Israel for 40 Days (or So)

Picture of the temple mount from a south view.  You may have to click to see the larger image, but from left to right you can see the Temple Mount, with the Old City Walls below it, the Kidron Valley, and then the Mount of Olives (green clump of trees on the right).  This shot was from June 14th, on a field trip/break day from the dig.

Picture of the Temple Mount from a south view. You may have to click to see the larger image, but from left to right you can see the Temple Mount, with the Old City walls below it, the Kidron Valley, and then the Mount of Olives (green clump of trees on the right). This shot was from June 14th, on a field trip/break day from the dig.

So you may remember from our first post from back in June, as we ramped up the blog again, we had a few “projects” coming up.  Digging in Ashkelon was #1, vagabonding in Israel for about a month is #2.

How did this project develop?  Project #1 is part of a larger endeavor, which will keep us here in Israel until December (more on that later, Project #3).  Project #2 is the in-between time of projects 1&3, about 40 days.

We faced the question of what to do with those 40 days.  Round-trip plane tickets home?  Sounds logical, but as we looked at that price, the question became, “Could we stay in-country for that or less, and visit the major sites in Israel relevant to the Biblical text?” This would be the ancient cities and tells (ancient mounds), not just popular tourist sites, although some of them are.  A little number crunching indicated that it would be close, assuming we used small hotels, hostels, and perhaps even a Bedouin tent :), and in general, lived life on the cheap.

While we dearly love our families, and desire greatly to see you all soon, you know the adventurous spirits we are. Project # 2 it is.

So, while the sun sets on the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, the sun rises on explorative vagabonding in Israel.

Sunset on the ancient seaport beach of Ashkelon.

Sunset on the ancient seaport beach of Ashkelon.

Hopefully, we will be able to keep you more up to date with Project #2, as our schedule will be a little more flexible and not quite so intense.

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8 Responses to “Project #2: Vagabonding in Israel for 40 Days (or So)”

  1. Richter, Tim Says:

    Love reading and seeing the pics. Have fun!!

    God bless,
    Tim Richter

  2. Tom Roberts Says:

    Wonderful opportunity to visit ancient sites! Will you be able to post pictures later? I envy your opportunity. Tom Roberts

  3. Mike Coward Says:

    Love the picture of Jerusalem from the distance. Thanks so much. Praying for you and Trent. Be blessed. Love you both, (special to me) Mike Coward

  4. ferrelljenkins Says:

    Forty is a good biblical number. Enjoy.

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