October 4, 2012
I never tire of reading John 4, which narrates Jesus’ stop at Jacob’s well as He left Judea and was en route to Galilee. This was early in Jesus’ ministry, prior to the Galilean ministry. On this occasion He skillfully led an unnamed woman from the mundane task of coming to draw water, to a point of faith in Him as the Messiah. Additionally, it turned out that there were many in the area that became believers in him.
At nearby Mt. Gerizim, the mountain referenced by the woman as the place where the Samaritans worshiped (v.20), there is today the Samaritan Museum. There one can see a painting that points back to that day recorded in John’s Gospel.
Painting depicting Jesus and the Samaritan Woman of John 4. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
We are currently in Canada, speaking in a 6-day meeting at Jordan, Ontario.
November 17, 2011
In September we had the opportunity to revisit Shechem, Tel Balata. The site had seen further excavation and cleanup since our last visit there (Dec. 2009).
Shechem is located on the West Bank, situated 2.5 km SE of city center of Nablus. The Park brochure states,
In the past urban development and lack of appropriate management threatened the archaeological site of Tell Balata and the main goal of the Tell Balata Archaeological Park project is to safeguard it. It is a potential World Heritage Site as a part of ‘Old Town Nablus and its environs’ and is listed ont he Inventory of Cultural and Natural Sites of Potential outstanding Universal Value in Palestine.
The project aims to make a sustainable heritage management plan for the site and to make it accessible to visitors.
We previously posted on Shechem here. Review this to see somewhat of the biblical significance of this site.
There is a helpful sign as you enter Shechem.
Shechem, Sign at Entrance. Photo by Leon Mauldin. Click for larger view.
Ferrell Jenkins and I wanted to see the old Canaanite gate at the east side of the site.
Shechem, Canaanite Gate on East Side of city. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
Dr. Rasmussen observes, “The gate, like the associated Cyclopean Wall, dates to the end of the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 1650-1550 BC) and continued in use during the Late Bronze Age.”