Wednesday, September 09, 2009

?, Then and Now

Let’s do this post a little differently than the previous ones, with a little reader interaction.  Instead of me describing the photo, I’ll give you the opportunity.  Write in the comments below as much as you can about this picture, including its name(s), major features visible, and anything else that indicates why this photograph is useful today for understanding the geography and history of ancient Israel.

Aerial photo with stones, dirt, trees, water

The answer I deem best wins the Northern Palestine CD, volume 1 of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection, with 600 high-resolution photos of Acco, Benjamin, Caesarea, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum, Ephraim, Galilee Hill Country, Haifa, Huleh, Jaffa, Jezreel, Mount Carmel, Mount Hermon, Mount Tabor, Nazareth, Samaria, Sharon, Shechem, Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Tel Aviv, and Tiberias.

P.S. Searching on the Library of Congress website won’t really help you, because the name of this place is not given in the description.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Identification Problem

Perhaps one of this blog's readers can help with identifying the photos below.  They are clearly of the same structure.  The first one is from a book from the 1890s, where it is identified as the "Temple of the Ark" at Shiloh.  The second shows Ephraim Stern teaching with the bullhorn on June 25, 1968.  I have asked a few smart people about this, but without success.  I am doubtful that this is at Shiloh, but I'm sure it is somewhere in the hill country north of Jerusalem.  Does anyone know?

Temple of the Ark, Shiloh

Shiloh with Ephraim Stern, db6806255403

UPDATE (6/11): Indeed this structure is at Shiloh, to the east of the Visitor's Center, and now partially hidden by bushes.  It apparently was a synagogue (Byzantine period?) before being converted into a mosque.  Thanks to MB for the answer!

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