Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wine and woe at Bethsaida


For ABC Wednesday, W is for wine and woe at Bethsaida.
The winegrower's house was given an appropriate passage from the Apocryphal book Sirach.

The famous verse Luke 10:13, "Woe to you, Chorazin, woe to you, Bethsaida . . ."

I took part in the early excavations of Bethsaida back in the early 1990s.

The site has come a long way since then and is open to pilgrims and tourists.
The dig is still underway, still directed by Dr. Rami Arav. 
If you are ever near the Sea of Galilee, pay a visit.
But watch your step, the town may still be cursed.  :/
More pictures of Bethsaida at my earlier post.
(Linking to signs, signs.)


William Kendall said...

I would certainly enjoy a visit there!

VP said...

If the place is cursed, it may be even more interesting...

Roger Owen Green said...

I need to read the Apocrypha one of these years.


Petrea Burchard said...

I always love your stories about archaeological digs.

Anonymous said...

Ah! 4 days left before I Join the dig!

Trubes said...

Gosh Dina, you live in such an interesting place,
I don't think I'd like to visit there, sound a bit

best wishes.
ABCW team.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dina! Thank you for the wine quotes! I ove wine, but not too much!
Thanks for your comment. Yes I saw on TV the flood in Georgia. A flood is always a horrible experience.
Wil, ABCW Team

cieldequimper said...

I so agree with VP!

José Mendonça said...

You have an amazing job, Dina.

I recently watched a documentary about what they found under a church at downtown Lisbon a few years ago, related to the 1755 Earthquake and the conclusions are absolutely surprising. I'll try to find it and will send you. :-)

Dina said...

Friends, I must admit, we had several bizarre accidents at Bethsaida, with people injured. And diggers would blame, with a wink, the curse spoken by Jesus.

Taken For Granted said...

Sorry to hear about your accidents. Hope you are fine now. How was the wine? Interesting signs.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I did not know about this at all and find it fascinating. Must go look up more info, because why would He have taken time from his busy life to curse a town? I wonder if knowing you were doing fairly dangerous work in a town you believed could be cursed (even if you only kinda, sorta believed it) might be self fulfilling for having accidents? You lead such an interesting life ... Thanks for sharing bits of it!

Adullamite said...

The archaeology posts are excellent Dina.

Photo Cache said...

Very interesting place.


Jim said...


Gerard Michaud said...

I love your photos and the comments that do with them.. Dina

Lesley said...

I think I prefer the wine to the woe. But, I guess one doesn't get to choose one or the other.

Ann said...

Looks like Jesus compared it to Sodom and Gomorrah, and that's pretty full of woe.!!!

Dina said...

Ann, woa, I wouldn't go THAT far!

Sallie, Jesus took 2 or 3 of his disciples from the town of Bethsaida. So I think he was especially angry when the Jews of Bethsaida later rejected his teachings. And thus he said the "Woe to you, Bethsaida ..." (what is written on the rock).

About the accidents. They told me that a German professor doktor of archaeology came to take the excavation group's photo; he backed up while focusing and fell into a pit, breaking his leg.
And one day there was a huge gust of wind. Just as I was stepping down into my quite deep square, the wind lifted the huge black netting that gave us semi-shade and the tall, heavy metal post that supported it fell down, hitting my head. If the young fellow-volunteer next to me had not grabbed my arm I would have fallen face down onto the sharp rocks!
The German young man was an architect, but soon went to become a novice with the Jesuits. He really saved my life. At least here the curse on Bethsaida became a blessing.