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  • 1 Samuel 24 Cave where David cuts Saul’s Robe and spares his life.
  • The Manuscript Flaw of Josephus: 111 So Antipas, when he had made this agreement, sailed to Rome; but when he had done there the business he went about, and was returned again, his wife having discovered the agreement he had made with Herodias, and having learned it before he had notice of her knowledge of the whole design, she desired him to send her to Macherus, which is a place in the borders of the dominions of Aretas and Herod, without informing him of any of her intentions. (Ant 18:111 JOE) Eusebius, who is dependent on Josephus for this history, echo’s Josephus. Why would this location be incorrect for the behedding of John the Baptist. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod a on his birthday b gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you." 23 And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, a up to half of my kingdom." 24 And she went out and said to her mother, "For what should I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist." (Mar 6:21-24 ESV) Why would the officials of Galilee be gathered in Parea? Tiberius was the Herodian capitor of Galilee. John sends messengers to ask Jesus if he is the one. 16 Fear seized them all, and a they glorified God, saying, b "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and c "God has visited his people!" 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. 18 ab The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one a who is to come, or b shall we look for another?" 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one a who is to come, or b shall we look for another?'" (Luk 7:16-20 ESV)
  • Herod and Aretas go to war. Josephus describes Herod Antipas’ loss to divine Justice for killing John the Baptist. Why would Herod have thrown a party at Macherus if his marriage is on the rocks and Aretas is in charge of the fortress and if they are on the brink of war? 115 So Herod wrote about these affairs to Tiberius; who being very angry at the attempt made by Aretas, wrote to Vitellius to make war upon him, and either to take him alive, and bring him to him in bonds, or to kill him, and send him his head. This was the charge that Tiberius gave to the governor of Syria. 116 Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist; (Ant 18:115-116 JOE)
  • Masada region

    1. 2. MASADA
    2. 9. Dead Sea aerial from west
    3. 10. Ein Freshka - N
    4. 12. Dead Sea northern end and Qumran aerial from west Qumran Mt. Nebo
    5. 13. Qumran Cave 4
    6. 14. Inside Qumran Cave 4
    7. 15. Qumran area aerial from west Qumran Wadi Qumran
    8. 16. Qumran dam
    9. 17. Aqueduct leading to Qumran settlement -brought water from the dam in the Wadi Qumran-
    10. 18. Qumran water channel
    11. 19. Qumran Iron Age water reservoir
    12. 20. Qumran mikveh
    13. 21. Qumran mikveh
    14. 22. Earthquake crack in Qumran mikvah
    15. 24. En Gedi area aerial from south En Gedi Qumran
    16. 25. En Gedi with wilderness aerial from east Nahal Arugot Nahal David Chalcolithic Temple Ein Gedi Spring
    17. 29. En Gedi with wilderness aerial from east Nahal Arugot Nahal David Chalcolithic Temple Ein Gedi Spring
    18. 30. Nahal Arugot
    19. 32. Masada
    20. 33. Masada from the east
    21. 34. Masada northern palace from southwest
    22. 35. Masada with siege ramp
    23. 36. Masada siege ramp from above
    24. 37. Masada main siege camp
    25. 38. Masada siege camp
    26. 39. Large cistern at Masada
    27. 40. Masada synagogue
    28. 42. Mt. Sedom - NW
    29. 44. Dead Sea - SE
    30. 46. Machaerus – NW (Moab region in Herod Antipas region in NT)
    31. 47. Macherus from east
    32. 48. Dibon - N
    33. 49. Fields of Moab south of Arnon
    34. 51. Moabite Stone in Louvre Museum
    35. 52. Dhiban Nabatean temple ruins
    36. 53. Hesbon - S
    37. 55. Bozrah, Bosor (Edom)SE
    38. 56. Bozrah – SE (Edom)
    39. 57. Zoar - SE
    40. 58. Kir Haserseth NW (Moab)
    41. 59. Aroer & the Aarnon River SE
    42. 60. Wadi Buston – N
    43. 64. Arad - N
    44. 65. Eastern Negev - NW
    45. 66. Eastern Negev - SW
    46. 73. Tamar (Ein Hatzeva) two-chambered gate
    47. 74. Maale Aqrabbim from distance with fort -Maale Aqrabbim – Ascent of Scorpions-
    48. 75. Maale Aqrabbim looking down switchbacks
    49. 76. Machtesh Qatan from east
    50. 77. Machtesh Qatan interior
    51. 78. Mampsis - W
    52. 79. Obodah with En-Avedat in distance- W