Bet She’an

This is the city where King Saul’s body was displayed after he was killed. When the Assyrians came, they destroyed it and rebuilt on top of it. Like the rest of Israel, Babylon destroyed it next, and then rebuilt, and then the Persians, and then the Greeks (Hellenistic), and then the Romans who became the Byzantines. There are earthquakes here, right on a fault line, about every 50-60 years (one due any time now). When pillars fell, the next civilization used them as walls and rebuilt again. This city has more than 20 identified civilizations in its layers:

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This is how they moved the stones:

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This is a tax shekel, good for two people to pay their tax. Remember the story where they question Jesus about whether or not to pay taxes, and He asks them to hold out a coin? Remember how he asked them who was on it, and they said Cesar, and he said then to pay to Cesar what is Cesar’s, and to God what is God’s? This is that very same kind of coin, an authentic original from that day:

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Here are Roman toilets! If you were rich, you paid someone to sit down first to warm up the marble. You put one cheek on a slab of marble, and the other cheek on another one. People sat side by side, and there was a trough of running water that went underneath to wash the waste away:

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This is where the expensive shops were:

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The main street through town, with shops on each side:

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Here are the bath houses, where pillars held the floor up higher, so that it could be filled with fire and coals, so that the room above could be teamed by throwing water on the hot floor:

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Here are the remains of part of a temple, near a theatre:

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More pictures, including some of where they are still excavating… The tents are places they are currently working on…

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Comments

Bet She’an — 1 Comment

  1. Still nowadays it’s good to have somene to warm up the toilets seats when you have tender cheeks :-)

    Seriously, thanks for sharing all this, vraiment.