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I saw Armageddon...

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Harel13, Mar 11, 2022.

  1. Harel13

    Harel13 Am Yisrael Chai
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    I mean, we visited Megiddo yesterday (and Beit She'an and Tel Rechov)...:p

    There were some Christian tourists there as well. Hey, everyone wants a piece of doomsday, right?

    Some pictures:

    A side-entrance and a former spring that may have been used by the locals:
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    Part of the southern area of the city:
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    A palace that might have housed Biridiya, king of Megiddo in the El Amarna Letters:
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    The main gate. Some think it was built by King Shlomo (Solomon):
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    The northern stables:
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    The cultic area (various temples):
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    A grain storage pit:
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    One of the horses' drinking troughs:
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    The municipal water reservoir:
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    Inside the water reservoir. Still a little bit of water left, though it's likely not drinkable.
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  2. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    Breathtaking.
    Indescribable beauty.
     
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  3. pearl

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    Great pics. What did you walk away with, spiritually?
     
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  4. Harel13

    Harel13 Am Yisrael Chai
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    Interesting question. I don't think I felt there anything special. My favorite sites are the ones that give a new perspective on the Tanach. That it excites me. We didn't really hear anything on that front when we were there. We spoke of course about how Megiddo is mentioned in Tanach, but there wasn't anything that added a new layer of understanding or a new perspective. I knew it was a large and central city even before coming there.

    Tel Rechov was more interesting from that POV. Maybe I'll make a post on that after Shabbat.
     
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    Thanks for sharing some interesting pictures.

    Here is an encyclopedia article on Megiddo:

    https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200002960?q=megiddo&p=doc

    "One of the more important cities of the Promised Land, located about 90 km (56 mi) N of Jerusalem and 31 km (19 mi) SE of the modern city of Haifa. It was built on a plot of somewhat over 4 ha (10 acres), atop a mound known today as Tell el-Mutesellim (Tel Megiddo), which rises nearly 21 m (70 ft) above the valley below."

    Known in the Bible for many conflicts because of its strategic location.

    "Situated in this strategic spot overlooking and dominating the fertile western section of the Jezreel Valley (Plain of Esdraelon, also known as “the valley plain of Megiddo”; 2Ch 35:22; Zec 12:11), it easily controlled the major trade and military routes that intersected there. Both Biblical history and secular records tell how the armies of many nations fought decisive battles around Megiddo because of its commanding position."

    Are you on a tour to other places around the area.

    I pulled one of the volumes of my encyclopedia off the shelf. It has a nice birds-eye view of the area along with a basic map of the area:

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    I was there in 1991 but spent little time there as we were going north towards the Golan whereas we stayed at Kibbutz Levi. I wish I had more time because the site looks VERY interesting [I'm an anthropologist].
     
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    Harel13 Am Yisrael Chai
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    Not exactly. I'm a BA student studying archeology and Jewish history. The archeology department takes us on field trips to archeologically and/or historically significant sites around Israel.
     
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