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The West Bank May 27.08

Today we visited the West Bank. This requires special arrangements because it requires Palestinian plates. Israelis are not allowed in. Checkpoints are everywhere. Security is tight. Israelis told us (after we got back) that it can be dangerous, but we felt safe. The soldiers were nice once we said we were from the USA and Canada.

Today we visited the West Bank. This requires special arrangements because it requires Palestinian plates. Israelis are not allowed in. Checkpoints are everywhere. Security is tight. Israelis told us (after we got back) that it can be dangerous, but we felt safe. The soldiers were nice once we said we were from the USA and Canada.

We visited the Caves of the Patriarchs, also known as Mamre and Machpelah. It is now under a mosque which one has to go into to see most of the tombs. A Yeshiva (Rabbinical school) is also located there by the mosque with two of the tombs under the same roof (part of the strange rules here). Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebekah and Leah are said to be buried in the tombs. (My wife always asks, How do they know?). The Mosque and Yeshiva are under the same roof but separated by two entrances. Fascinating.

Next came the Herodion. This is one of the places of Herod the Great that also had a part in the Bar Kockbah Revolt of 132-135 AD. Herod’s tomb was recently found here. It is a spectacular site. One can see the Dead Sea over 10 miles away from here.

Herodion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally there was the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This is the traditional birth site of Jesus. The church also honors Jerome who translated the Bible there in the 4th century.

Jesus' Traditional Birthplace

Jesus’ Traditional Birthplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We threw in a visit to Bethlehem Bible College in the city.

All in all, quite a day.

Tomorrow is Jericho and a trip through Hezekiah’s tunnel.

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    Ryan Hammack

    Student, Israel, Meeting
    Shalom Dr. Bock,

    My name is Ryan Hammack; I am a student today at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. I graduated from Wheaton College in 2006, majoring in Biblical Studies. Today am in a Master’s program for Middle East Studies – I may write a thesis on Progressive Dispensationalism and Christian understandings of Israel. Today is May 28; I wonder if I could meet you?

    Sincerely, Ryan

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    bock

    Meeting dlb

    Ryan:

    Yes, this is doable. I am in Israel until June 14. But a time early in June would be best.

    dlb 

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      Ryan

      A Missed Opportunity!
      Dr. Bock, I recently came across this post from last May (2008) and to my great regret realized that I missed this chance of meeting with you in Israel! I had thought that you did not respond but I was wrong. As it turns out I am now working on the thesis here and focusing on PD; I was in brief contact with Dr. Blaising via email. God bless you.
      Ryan