Monday, October 25, 2021

The Desert Monks – Drive Through History


The Desert Monks – Drive Through History

Oct. 25, 2021

Drive Thru History 38.2K subscribers

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The Desert Monks The most famous of the desert monks was Anthony. In about 270 AD, at the age of 20, he sold all his possessions, gave his money to the poor, and retired to a solitary cave to lead a life of prayer and meditation. Anthony’s reputation encouraged others to do the same thing, and many caves were inhabited near him. Anthony never organized these followers into a community, but instead, they all practiced the monastic lives of hermit monks. By the time he died in about 356 AD, thousands of monks had been drawn to the Egyptian desert following Anthony’s example. His biographer wrote, “The desert had become a city.”

History reveals that Anthony and the Desert Fathers went on to have a major influence on the development of Christianity. In fact, all of Christian monasticism stems from the Egyptian example in some way. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cappadocia, was the great organizer of the monastic movement in Asia Minor. He visited Egypt around 357 AD and learned from the Desert Fathers. His monastic style is followed by the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Jerome came to Egypt in the late 4th century. He was greatly impacted by the desert monks and left details of his experiences in his letters. As a result, Jerome lived in a hermit’s cave in Bethlehem for nearly two decades while translating the Bible into Latin.

Benedict, the founder of what would be known as the Benedictine Order within the western Church of the 6th century, also based his monastic community on the Egyptian model. Benedict just added “work” to his idea of spiritual isolation. By the end of the 6th century, there were hundreds of monasteries and thousands of caves scattered throughout the Egyptian desert. A great number of these monasteries are still used today.…

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Archaeologists Find Rare ‘Balm of Gilead’ Gemstone Near Jerusalem’s Western Wall


Archaeologists Find Rare ‘Balm of Gilead’ Gemstone Near Jerusalem’s Western Wall

10-22-2021 CBN News Jerusalem Julie Stahl


Just north of the City of David (ancient Jerusalem), archaeologists believe they have found the first of its kind engraving on a precious gem of a biblical plant known to many as the Balm of Gilead.

Deep underground in a 2,000-year-old drainage ditch next to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, archaeologists say a rare artifact from Second Temple times was uncovered.

“It is a stone seal made of semi-precious amethyst stone with an engraving of a dove and a branch of a tree with fruit on the branch,” said Eli Shukron, former archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority.Related

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“What was surprising was that the branch is a branch with fruits that are not recognized from other seals from that period,” Shukon explained.

The seal was found while archaeologists and volunteers were sifting the remains from the drainage ditch at the Emek Tzurim National Park operated by the City of David.

“Once we found the seal with the branch and the fruit, we hypothesized that it was the biblical persimmon fruit plant as mentioned in the Bible and in the sources of the Second Temple period and the Byzantine period,” Shukron said.

This biblical persimmon plant is not related to the orange persimmon fruit of today. It was known in ancient times by several names: Bosem, Balsam and the Balm of Gilead

“Jerusalem’s primary drainage channel was built under the pilgrimage road. The pilgrimage road started from the Pool of Siloam in the City of David and went up to the Temple on the Temple Mount of the Second Temple period. Apparently, this ring with the seal fell into the drainage ditch 2,000 years ago,” Shukron said.

For 1,000 years, ancient Hebrew farmers were the only ones in the world known to cultivate this exotic plant, using it for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.  

Guy Ehrlich has been working to revive that biblical agriculture and is the only one in the country growing the biblical persimmon.  That’s why Shukon took the stone to Ehrlich’s farm to show it to him.

Ehrlich called the find “stunning.”

“I see here a branch of the biblical persimmon plant, the Balm of Gilead. It’s just amazing! Someone took a branch of the Balm of Gilead and drew it on the stone. It does not remind me of any other plant I know,” Ehrlich said.

Biblical and historical sources also say it was used during the Second Temple period as one of the more expensive ingredients for producing the Temple incense.

“This is the same persimmon that is identified with the biblical persimmon. It is the persimmon that served as the first of the incense ingredients of the Temple and as the anointing oil of the kings and priests,” Ehrlich explained.

Ehrlich currently has 10,000 Balm of Gilead trees at his farm near the Dead Sea. He markets perfume and essential oil from the trees.  He also grows frankincense and myrrh.

“There is a wall-to-wall agreement that this is the plant but there is little graphic depiction of it and what you have brought me now is really a greeting from history,” he said to Shukron.

“I felt like someone wrote me a note with a drawing of the fruit of my persimmon plant and sent it to me,” Ehrlich said.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

3 Types of Storms – Will We Get Back to Pre-COVID “Normal Life”? | STANDWITHAUSTRALIA – Steve Cioccolanti & Discover Ministries


3 Types of Storms – Will We Get Back to Pre-COVID “Normal Life”? | STANDWITHAUSTRALIA – Steve Cioccolanti & Discover Ministries

Oct. 17, 2021

Steve Cioccolanti & Discover Ministries 320K subscribers

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Monday, October 11, 2021




Oct. 11, 2021

ElijahStreams 225K subscribers

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