Category Archives: Customs

Bethlehem inculturated

Pounding rain drives us to walk faster along the medieval streets. Here Roman centurions were stationed, here Muslim and Jew lived in the West, here archbishops rode between palace and cathedral and scholars wandered through the world’s first university town … Continue reading

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From field to bowl

On this blog you’ll find many posts about harvesting, food processing and eating. Recently I’ve come across an article by Thomas Staubli, which put all the different elements of food processing in sequence. Here is an outline of how field … Continue reading

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Baking in a tannur

After building a tannur, of course we had to try and bake in it. First of all, I fired the clay oven from the inside—maybe I should have also done it from the outside to really harden the clay. Then … Continue reading

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Building a Tannur

In many excavations of sites dating to the Iron Age in Ancient Israel we find bread ovens. They are different from bread ovens used in the last few hundred years in Palestine or other countries of the Middle East. There … Continue reading

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Agriculture in the Holy Land: Flax

As I was looking through the old photos of Cully A. Cobb, the founder of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University, I noticed these pictures of men busy with some sort of textiles. I could only conclude … Continue reading

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Life in the Holy Land: the Camel

It’s not certain when the camel was introduced to the land of Israel. It is, of course, mentioned in the Bible, and we see it depicted in the Lachish Reliefs. Gustaf Dalman mentions that the camel was first found in … Continue reading

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Agriculture in the Holy Land: Cattle

No, this picture was not taken in the Holy Land. I still need to enlarge my library somewhat. I took this picture in Liriuni, Bolivia, and shows a farmer coming home from the field with two cows at the end … Continue reading

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