Our group all arrived safely (and with all luggage) to begin our tour of Israel and join the archaeological dig at Tel Lachish. Today was a day to explore Jerusalem’s Old City and rest up for the excavation, which begins tomorrow afternoon.
One of our first stops was the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, about 50 yards or so from our hotel. This building marks the traditional location of Jesus’ crucifixion site and tomb. It may in fact be, but that analysis is for a later post.
To get an idea of the in-depth scholarship and adventurous spirit that characterizes our group, I offer a photo of Dr. David McClister, Chair of the Biblical Studies Program at Florida College, demonstrating the proper use of a Roman-era tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Look for more photos and posts directly from Israel over the coming days and weeks.