The Ancient City Wall, Part 1

Post date: Mar 05, 2013 2:58:26 PM

Date: Saturday 23 February 2013

Time: 2:00PM EST (1:00PM CST, 9:00PM Jerusalem time)

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Speaker: Hakham Melech ben Ya'aqov

Description: In order to understand the Tanach, it is essential to understand the lifestyle of our ancient Israelite ancestors, since the Tanach constantly draws on this for its laws, as well as for its poetry and prose. While most ancient Israelites were farmers or shepherds living on their own plots of land, not an insignificant number lived in cities, and the city became a central part of ancient Israelite culture. In this first part of our series on the ancient Israelite city, we will focus on one of its most essential elements: the city wall. Just about every ancient city of renown had a wall around it, and while the wall was used primarily as a means of security and defense, this was not always the case. Rahav the prostitute lived in the wall of the city of Jericho (Joshua 2:15), and the Philistines fastened King Shaul's corpse to the wall of Beit She'an as a display of their victory and Shaul's disgrace (I Samuel 31:10). As we shall see, the city wall also has great relevance to the upcoming holiday of Purim. Join us as we take a journey back to ancient Israel, back to its ancient cities, and for a walk around its walls.

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