Live always at the edge of poetic possibilty, even in the face of severe prose. - Walter Bruggemann

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Tiyul Time

The word tiyul in Hebrew means excusion or tour. Last week I saw a tiyul advertised as a Tanakh Tiyul. Humph! Right up my alley. Tanakh meaning the Hebrew Bible (it's a little more complicated than that but for now, Hebrew Bible or Old Testament). The title of the tiyul was "Philistines or Sophisicates?" and was a tour of the ancient port cities of Ashkelon and Asdod and Tel Azeika to understand the Philistines....arch enemies of the Israelite people. The day was sunny and very cloudy so my pics reflect that. On site the guide read in Hebrew from the Tanakh the stories of Samson at various times and places and the story of David and Goliath. Great tiyul. Go read your Bibles in the book of Judges, and Samuel. (Note of apology, I downloaded the photos backwards so you get the end of the tiyul first.)

On top of Tel Azeika looking into the valley where David slew Goliath.

Entrace to the tel.

An upcoming exhibit at the Ashdod Museum about Hannukah. This was one artists exhibit with olive leaves. Each leaf has Hebrew written on it.
Gods and goddesses of the Philistines - not see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

The Philistines as rendered in iron at the museem.

The Meditaranium looking out from Ashkelon National Park.

Yes, that's right, it's me. Just so you don't think that I'm writing this blog at home from CT!!! Here I am standing in front of the oldest arched gate in the WORLD! It was a Cannaite gate that maybe Samson came through as he entered Ashkelon.


hoppy said...
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hoppy said...

Great shots. What was Goliath's last name.

Suzanne said...