Today we visited sites in the upper Galilee: Hazor, Tel Dan and Banias / Caesarea Philippi. Weather was cool but dry, and that’s fine with us. Again, so much history that has been embedded in these sites, a history that extends into the recent past as we drove through abandoned Syrian villages, tanks, bunkers, and landmined fields, all signs of the conflicts this region has experienced. History just seems to repeat but with different characters. Instead of Hittites, Arameans, Assyrians, Babylonians, or Romans, now it’s a matter of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, (and we saw each of those countries today) and a whole mix of religious groups and ethnic identities within each.
And here we are… the group in the outer Israelite gate of Tell Dan.