LIFE ON THE “CAMEL,” or Gamla in Aramaic, came to an abrupt end in 67 C.E. In that year the Roman army destroyed Gamla in one of the major battles of its campaign to suppress the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. This Jewish city in Golan, near the Sea of Galilee (barely visible at upper right), had grown and thrived since its settlement in about 150 B.C.E., but after its fall Gamla remained evermore unoccupied. For more, click on the link. Photo: Danny Syon, courtesy Gamla Excavations.
JESUS' PARABLES were among the earliest collections of his sayings. One collection formed the basis of a chapter in the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Matthew used this material and added more from other sources, assembling in a unified speech seven parables. By the time these parables were written down, they had gone through a long period of use by Christian churches, sometimes significantly altering their original meaning. For more, click on the link.
Jewish revolt against Rome, 66 - 70 AD. Masada-period! Minted and circulated during the time of Josephus and the standoff at Masada. Judaea, First Revolt, Bronze Prutah. Year 2 = 67-68 AD. Two handled amphora, ancient Hebrew inscription "Year Two" / Vine leaf on small branch, "The Freedom of Zion" in Hebrew.
Ancient Jewish town unearthed in Galilee Pottery sherd found in Sichin [Credit: Sichin archaeological team] The remains include an ancient synagogue, houses and massive evidence of pottery production in the ancient Jewish village of Shikhin, near the ancient Jewish city of Sepphoris (Zippori). The site is important because it teaches about Galilean Jewish village life and its economy at the birth of both Christianity and the Judaism of the Talmud, according to Dr. Strange.