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Israel Jordan Photos - Highlights from Days 4-14 - Daniel Peckham Photography

Israel Jordan Highlights Set 2

Photo highlights from the rest of our Israel/Jordan tour (days 4-14). This doesn't cover everything of course; but it gives you a taste of some of the cool stuff we saw and experienced. Back to other albums

All photo comments for this album

Katie: This was such a cool morning. Young Jewish students studying the Torah (Torah = law of the Lord) under a rabbi do this their first morning of school. The rabbi gives the child a slate on which is written something like "May the Torah be my life". Then he puts a little honey on the slate, and instructs them to lick the honey. It is a tangible lesson for them to begin learning, at a very young age, that following God's law is sweeter than honey (Psalm 19).

Deisy: Sister Ketie,
Benar sekali....ikut perintah/hukum Tuhan adalah lebih manis dari madu. (Ini arti dari kalimat terakhir)

Skakkandnet: Terima kasih untuk blog yang menarik

Gevechoonevon: co szukalem, dzieki

immerttef: Terima kasih untuk blog yang menarik

Uncle Don: Loved your time-lapse video of Sydney Harbour, shots like this of your Israel - Jordon trip and many others of your adventures/photos. I'm overwhelmed by the excellence and professional quality( & quantity!) of your work. Looking forward very much to seeing you all at Christmas

Arnold burns: What is the exact measurment fo the outer court and height. in inches and ffeet?

Katie: Exodus 27 says 150 feet along north and south walls and 75 feet along east and west (again using cubits/feet conversion in NIV). I did not see a specification for height.

Katie: This is inside the Holy-of-Holies. This made me realize what an amazing honor prayer is. This is the innermost tiny part of the tabernacle, the place where God's special presence resided when Israel wasn't moving and following Him as a cloud by day and fire by night. For 364 days out of the year, no one was allowed in this chamber. No one could just come in and hang out with God whenever they wanted.

Do you want to know when they got to go in here?

One day of the year. One day. That's it. And even then? Only one guy gets to go in!! The high priest. On Yom Kippur, after making a lot of special sacrifices, the priest is allowed to go in the Holy-of-Holies and kneel in the presence of the Lord.

We are so lucky that we get to have God living inside of us - that we have access to Him whenever we want! What a privilege.

Arnold Burns: What is the exact hieght and room demision in feet and inches? Was the holy of holies square?

Katie: Hi Arnold,
I didn't measure when we were there. Exodus 26 lays out the design for the tabernacle with ancient measurements, and the makers of this model said they made it to scale according to the Bible. I just looked in Exo 26 but did not see exact measurements for this part. I'm guessing that if you actually followed the directions and built it, you would discover the measurements when you hung the curtains where they were intended. The ark fit inside of the Holy of Holies, and the ark was 3.75' long and 2.25' wide and high, so at least that would have fit inside (from Exo 25, plus conversion from cubits to feet by translators of New International Version of the Bible). I don't know if the room was square, and can't remember when I was there - sorry.

Jeff: I never seen so many columns in my life as I did in Isreael.

Laura: :( I miss that. I think I need to move out of IN and somewhere that has mountains...

Daniel: California has lots of mountains... :)

Jeff: This was my favorite place on the whole trip!

Jeff: This lookslike Micah with a beard and long hair!! haha

Katie: That's Masada behind us, and we're on Mt Eleazar. So you can see the distance between the two. Crazy thing is, you could totally hear things across the divide!

Jeff: Good thing no one fell over the edge! It was a long way down.

Laura: I loved this part... :)

Katie: Mt Eleazar is the mountain right next to Masada, named for Eleazar, the leader of the group of Zealots in Masada in the bar Kokhba revolt. Although he couldn't get into Masada, the Roman captain could get up on top of this mountain, so he'd yell across the gorge to Eleazar and try to get him to surrender. (Um, yeah. If I was in Masada, I don't think I'd surrender either.)

Laura: Yeah... this is right before the spot where I thought I couldn't go any further... but look behind us -- there was nothing to go back to, either. I'm glad I made it to the top, but if I never climb that mountain in 105 degree heat again, I won't be sad. :)

Katie: My favorite photographer. :)

I like how his lens is about as long as his legs...

Deisy: Brother Daniel,
berani dan suka main dengan camera Just like your father.

Mom Peckham: Deisy in her 20's works at our translation center - I didn't know she had gone to your website! "Brother Daniel, you're brave and like to play with your camera/photography just like your father."

Katie: SO refreshing after the heat of that desert!!

Deisy: Ka Ketie,
tangkaaaaaaap.....ka Dan !

Mom Peckham: Deisy in her 20's works at our translation center - I didn't know she had gone to your website! "Older sibling (kakak) Katie, catch older sibling Daniel!"

Deisy: When are both of you come to Tomohon?

Mom Peckham: Deisy in her 20's works at our translation center - I didn't know she had gone to your website!

Katie: My dream come true!! If only Erica could have been there with me... :(

Deisy: Would you please give me some anggur? hehehehe

By the way, God bless you.

Mom Peckham: Deisy in her 20's works at our translation center - I didn't know she had gone to your website! Anyway, anggur can mean grapes or wine. :)

Katie: But Carol (Wyn's wife who helped guide and was always tailkeeper), usually let Daniel lag because she knew how fast he was at catching up - even if it was up a really steep mountain! Smart woman. :)

Deisy: Brother Daniel,
Linca seperti kancil...

Mom Takahashi: Katie living out her nickname while growing up.

Katie: Yea! You got it! That is exactly why I had Daniel take this pic. :)

Mom Takahashi: Incredibly beautiful.

Katie: Isn't it though!? Especially after being in the hot, dry, barren desert!

MWS: Not many people know just the right not for tying a sunbeam to the mast.

Mom Takahashi: knot

Mom Takahashi: So many of your photos, Daniel, and Katie's commentaries are so solemn and so deeply moving, its not possible to comment on them. Thank you for your very thoughtful, insightful and heartfelt work. My heart is heavy when looking at them and reading, as one cannot escape the reality of what a miserable lot humankind is. Thank you, Father, for Jesus.

Katie: I call this one, "The picture of Micah's chest hair." And thanks to Jenn, you can tell that we are not totally naked. Thank you Jenn.

MWS: I was thinking this might be the worst picture Daniel has ever taken AND posted.

Daniel: Yes, I would agree with Micah. It was so bad I had to post it. We don't have that many photos of the 4 (er 5) of us, unfortunately. Though I don't think this really makes up for that.

Mom Takahashi: This actually DOES qualify for our family's Fractured Fotos Memory Book.

The one simple rule is: it must be a picture that you really thought was good when you took it, but you were wrong. (You can't intentially take a bad foto and have it be in this book.)

Katie: Wyn had us all sing "Amazing Grace" a capella, and it showcased the incredible acoustics in this place!

Plus: it was fun. :)

Laura: That was AWESOME. I think I cried the whole time, it was so beautiful. It made us all sound like we had professional voices! :) I wonder if any of those people videotaping us ever put it on YouTube...wouldn't that be awesome to run into??

Katie: I actually took a video of us while we were in there - I need to find it! I could put it up on youtube :)

Nicole: oh that would be so cool! I thought of taking a video but by this time my camrera was dead

Nicole: wow! there is so much more room on this side than there is on the women's side!

Daniel: My fisheye lens makes this bus look a lot bigger than it was.

Nicole: that's for sure! I can't believe we all actually were able to eat lunch in there

Daniel: You can't tell in the photo, but I was about 30 feet off shore in deep water.

Katie: What do you do when you're in a place like this?? SMILE, even though you're thinking about how someone (John) who was dear to Someone (Jesus) who is dear to you, was held prisoner and later executed here?? Oh well. When we were in Gethsemane, however, I couldn't bring myself to smile. Too sad.

By the way, does anyone else see two other "people," besides the ones in red and blue shirts, in this pic? heh

Mom Peckham: Yes, we see the extra people!

Mom Peckham: But the one on the right can't be a Peckham b/c the nose is too flat and the forehead too high. :)

Katie: Daniel doesn't drink soda through his mouth anymore. He just uses a special shunt that inserts directly into his esophagus.

Katie: I'd never put it together that "Ammonites" in the OT, and "Amman" today, might be linked.

Laura: Could I have a little privacy, please?

Katie: You guys aren't sitting on em right - you're going to make a big mess all over yourselves.

Katie: Genius idea, really.

MWS: The glasses were made in Indonesia.

MWS: Elisabeth says I look like Wall-E...

Katie: Vultures which are protected vigilantly by the Israeli government.

Katie: Don't forget the cucumbers and the pickles! Mmmm!

MWS: Angel on K's shoulder: "Work faster!"
K's Left Kneecap: "No, smile for the picture."

Kneecap wins.

Katie: :)

MWS: Hide-it-under-an-excavated-cistern--YES!
I'm gonna let it shine...

Actually I think I found that candle in this very cistern. Not knowing what to do with it I carried it around for about a week before losing it. Losing it in a game of chance or a different cistern, I'm not saying which.

Katie: I thought it was an Ode to an Encounter with a Toilet in which one lights a match for aesthetic/etiquette reasons.

MWS: In our group of 23 people ONE had the Falafel Pita.

Yes, that's a moral judgment.

Katie: I wish I'd been brave enough, but after the introduction ("it's all vegetables, no meat, disgusting" or something like that), alas I was not.

(anonymous): Is that what they call it these days...

MWS: Conclusive evidence that the Gerasenes were monotheists and worshiped the true God.

MWS: But... you can't tell him much.

MWS: This photo is its own lame "pot" joke.

Katie: I love this ceiling. It's so beautiful.

Katie: There were lots of people praying, swaying and singing beside the wall. It was a really neat place to be. I hope someday to be back there on a Friday night, when they're dancing and singing en masse for the start of Shabbat.

Katie: I didn't know there was something scarier than barbed wire, until I met razor wire. Yow.

Katie: This whole tunnel was remarkable. It's over 700 feet long, and took us 40 minutes to walk through at a normal pace. Hezekiah and his men built it in less than a year, without GPS or power tools - they only had shovels and picks! It's all downhill slightly too, so the water could flow the right direction! (The Assyrians were invading, and this great spring was outside the Jerusalem city walls, so Hezekiah built this tunnel to redirect it so the city was self-sustaining.)

MWS: There's a misunderstanding. The back half of a centaur doing a remarkable impersonation of me as Godzilla was trying to make shade on the site of the Crucifixion.

Katie: Luckily, I am actually taller than this, so the water did not go over my waist.

And luckily, I do not have any shirts with lyres on them. (?)

Katie: There would have been a little minaret atop this corner of the temple wall, for someone to blow the shofar (horn) to call the Israelites to prayer throughout the day.

It was really amazing to be there, knowing that Jesus had been atop that corner. Wow.

MWS: I had to put it back after Katie hung on it.

Katie: The Golden Gate is the eastern gate - the gate through which the Messiah is expected to come at the end of time.

Katie: This was probably a little wider than the road that the man in Jesus' parable would have been lying beside. You can see how very difficult it would be for someone to pass him by. That slope on the right side is actually steeper than it looks, and very slick.

I didn't like stepping over him. :( Poor husband.

Katie: You can see a few of the caves in this shot. We got to hike up the mountainside (but we didn't go in any caves :( ).

Katie: This was Cave 1, where the first scrolls were found. A Bedouin shepherd was looking for a stray sheep, and one of their common techniques is to throw a rock in the sheep's direction - the sound startles the sheep into coming back toward the shepherd. So he threw a rock up into that cave, and heard the clang of pottery! That was one of the urns that the scrolls were stored in.

There were 11 caves in all, yielding 900 manuscripts, including a commentary to Habbakkuk, all of Isaiah and an Essene instruction manual for living. If you've ever wondered (like I have), the Scrolls were a significant find because they taught us a lot about the context of Scripture - the culture of how people lived just before Christ. They also gave a lot of validity to the texts we already had. And they confirmed that prophecies about Christ (so many in Isaiah!) really were made before His time - no one can say we made the prophecies up after Christ, to make Him look like the expected Messiah.

MWS: It's almost impossible to recover from this position without an eyeful of saltwater that's deadly if swallowed. I look happy because I don't know this at the time the pic was pac.

Katie: I was surprised to hear how harmful Dead Sea water is to one's health. We were instructed not to put our faces in, even for a moment. It can cause blindness, and if you drink a reasonable amount of it, it can actually kill you. (!)

MWS: Pushing Daisies made me the synchronized swimmer that I am today.

Katie: That's an accumulation of salt on a flat rock.

Camel's head: Hey, we were supposed to be a donkey. It's not my fault if Micah didn't bend over right.

MWS: Hey, wait... I just realized what this photo makes me.

I mean, makes me posing as the defining part of the noblest silhouette of a CENTAUR ever to exist.

Katie: Masada is just the Hebrew word for "fortress" (which makes for cool imagery when you read in the Psalms "God is my fortress"...), but this fortress in particular is especially famous in Israel. Probably the thing it's most famous for is that it was a fortress of a group of 960 Zealots in the Bar Kokhba revolt of 130 AD.

All the Jews had been revolting against Rome, and although of course Rome (being Rome) had taken most of them out, a tiny group of Zealots were sealed away up in this fortress. It is so sheer and steep and huge, it's virtually impenetrable. Rome (huge, all-powerful Rome) spent 7 months building a siege ramp up the side of the mountain (you can see it in the far left side of this pic), using 5000 Israelite slaves and 8000 Roman soldiers. When they finally began to penetrate the fortress, the Jews realized they were going to be captured. They decided to die as a free people, so all of the Jewish men killed their wives and children, and then 10 of the men killed all the other men, and finally 1 man fell on his own sword. By the time Rome got inside, everyone was dead. The Romans were deeply impressed.

Before they killed themselves, the Jews destroyed a lot of their goods, so the Romans wouldn't have the pleasure of taking them once they invaded. However, they made a point to leave alone the significant supply of food they still had left, to show Rome that they had not starved to death, but had chosen to die. Because, well... that's just Israel for you. :) Scrappy.

Katie: Maktesh Ramon = Roman view/overlook.

Katie: This is the actual spring, at the far end of the wadi. It was really deep down.

Katie: The trail got a bit steep in places... :)

Katie: There was a really neat trail that led us up among the cliffs. There was lots of really beautiful black, glossy stone, all ribboned throughout the chalky white cliffs (was it jasper? I can't remember...)

Katie: When the Bible talks about "the wild goat," this is what it's talking about. (Deuteronomy 14:5, Psalm 104:18, Isaiah 13:21)

Katie: There are only 1 or 2 places in the entire Negev Desert to get water. This is one. So it's very very likely that the Israelites came here, to this wadi, to get water several different times throughout their 40-year wandering.

Katie: This is a terebinth tree. Also known back then as a "spreading tree." If you've read the Chronicles or Kings lately, that phrase might sound familiar. When the ancient pagans worshiped their pagan gods and did dirty things, it was often under "spreading trees" like this one. (See 2 Kings 17 or Joshua 24.)

Katie: Wyn is explaining that this laver (water basin) was used for cleansing hands and feet before entering the Holy Place, inside the tabernacle. God told the Israelite women to give their mirrors to make it out of the copper and bronze that their mirrors were made of. Isn't that "ironic"? It's a cool reminder through the laver that the inner beauty of purity (washing) is real beauty, not the external beauty that we worry about by examining ourselves in the mirror.

Katie: This was cool too. Some Christian organization had set up a life-size replica of the tabernacle from when the Israelites wandered in the desert. It was neat to see what it would have really been like, although as Wyn said it's still hard to really imagine when you don't have the blood pouring over the ground, and the smell of blood day and night, night and day. That red paint on that ram horn in this picture wasn't quite the same.

But even imagining it really deepened my awareness of what a tremendous change Jesus' sacrifice of his life brought to our life with God. It made me think about how little I really think of sins. I don't have to kill a lamb or a dove if I sin. I don't have to lose something precious. And even if they didn't sin, they just sacrificed each morning, each evening, and even more on special occasions like Saturdays or holy days, to recall that God is the source of their life. Man is that far from how I live my day-to-day. If I did, and if I'd had to do that, I think I'd have a much deeper sense of awe for what Jesus did, what the Father provided.

Katie: This was the environment (and the very desert) that Israel wandered in, for those 40 years of wandering. We are near a 5000-year old copper mine, which was used by Egypt and likely worked by Israelite slaves.

It made me realize the difference between "desert-y" and Real Desert. I always thought I'd seen "real desert," but really: if there is any scraggle of anything green (or even a muddy green-brown), and there is ANYTHING alive, even if it's a tumbleweed, well that is easier desert than this desert. There was NOTHING. And I mean nothing. Just dust.

Katie: Petra? But her hat says "Cabo San Lucas". I'm so confused.

Katie: FYI, what is known today as "Petra" (which just means "rock") is an ancient "city" (though no one ever lived there - kinda like Wall Street or Washington DC - it was just a huge cluster of temples that the Nabatean people built for their pagan gods)

But what's so remarkable about Petra is that the entire city was carved out of this exquisite ravine of sandstone rock. The HUMONGOUS and elaborate carvings that the Nabatean people did centuries ago are still gorgeous today. All the stone is natural, and all the carvings are done out of the solid rock walls - nothing is overlaid. It's amazing that so many things are still standing.

Katie: You probably notice the feet and the bottom half of the toga of the figure on the right. But in the center is a shorter "nub" - two camel feet. To the left of that nub is another nub - the camel's front two feet. Above and between those two nubs, you can see the downward curve of what used to be the camel's belly. It was really cool to see in person - it was enormous!

Katie: Hi Jenn! Hi Micah! I miss you guys!

Katie: So many horrible things happened here at this castle, for which I felt so ashamed - things done in Jesus' name that were so anti- everything He is about. I never "felt" before just how grievous and evil some of the stuff accomplished through the Crusades was.

Katie: Thanks for the light Wyn! :)

Katie: This was at the end of our first day of hiking/sightseeing. What a day it was.

Machaerus was one of Herod's palace fortresses. It was incredible! It is likely the palace where John the Baptist was beheaded. :( We got to explore some of the nearby caves that Herod used for keeping prisoners in...

Katie: Our guide, Wyn Laidig, made up these incredible guidebooks, complete with pictures, graphs, and other helpful charts. There was lots of space on each page of each place we visited to take notes (which I made a lot of use of!). Plus there was TONS of interesting info in the front about current Israeli and Jordanian stats and culture, some language stuff to get by on, history, a Hebrew calendar, etc.

The book was great. I'll stop now.

Daniel: Katie tries to straighten things up a bit.

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