Tag Archives: Palestine

After Byzantine rule

Between 630 and 640 AD/CE the Holy Land was wrested from the Byzantine Empire by Muslim Arab forces, only a few years after the Byzantine Empire had reconquered the land from the Persians. The Persian occupation does not seem to … Continue reading

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Byzantine borders

One of the best overviews of Byzantine Palestine is an article by S. Thomas Parker: An Empire’s New Holy Land: The Byzantine Period. It was published in 1999 and reviews the information available then. I want to highlight two aspects … Continue reading

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Byzantine times in the Holy Land

The period of densest settlement in the land of Israel before the 1950s was the Byzantine Period, from the 4th to the 7th century CE (AD). At this time the territory was governed by Roman emperors based in Byzantium (Constantinople, … 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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The Ruins of Abu Hof

It is just a ruin now. The columns that once held the arching roof today lie flat on the bare limestone floor, thorns and thistles crowding around them. Limestone blocks form low walls that once stood firm and tall. Around … 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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