On The Road Again
Trip Start May 13, 2006
25Trip End Jun 13, 2006
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I am back from a three day field trip into the middle of nowhere - well not exactly...read on...there are four parts....
5/22 - Beer-Sheva
Up early again to catch the bus at 7am. We descended out of Jerusalem to the Judean Hills past the city of Eshatol where Sampson was buried to Zorah. Judges 13 tells the story of Sampson's life here. We are in the Sorek valley where the Ark was returned to the Israelites (1 Sam. 4-6).
From the Sorek valley we continued down to Elah (David and Goliath) - Here I picked up a stone from the same stream that David would have crossed to meet Goliath
We stopped at one of the best preserved "rolling stone" tombs - like what Jesus would have been buried in (note the picture). It was really neat. Lunch was egg salad in, what else, a pita!
We stopped at Bet Guvrin to visit the bell and columbarium (dove) caves - these were cool (look for the pictures).
The interesting moment of the day was when one girl in our group passed out and fell flat on her face. It was quite traumatic - she was unconscious for about 4 minutes. I and few others helped nurse her back to health over the course of an hour. This cut our day short (although no one complained) and we went straight to the Hostel in Beer-Sheva just east of Gaza.
We moved around quite a bit today - but I was glad I got to see the rolling stone tomb. I am tired and need to sleep - the hostel has AC! I will sleep well tonight.