Ferrell Jenkins and fellow Bible Lands aficionado Leon Mauldin are currently in Israel to visit and photograph sites throughout the country. Ferrell is posting some highlights on his Travel Blog.
The first full day was spent in and around Jerusalem and includes photos of David’s Tower, a significant Iron Age Israelite tomb and a church dedicated to Lazarus in the town of Bethany.
I particularly enjoyed his second post about the central hill country in the West Bank. They visited Nablus (ancient Shechem, site of Jacob’s well) and the hill of Samaria, both of which have been hard to visit for years due to security concerns. I visited these sites with Ferrell back in March, 2000, before the 2nd Intifada restricted safe access. It is good to see that for the time being it is possible to visit these important biblical places.
There are many great sites that, for whatever reason, don’t receive as many visitors as others. I believe Ferrell and Leon want to include some of these in their itinerary. I understand they plan to drop by my old stomping grounds, a.k.a. Khirbet Qeiyafa, at some point. Look forward to seeing more photos and reading details of the trip.