Author Archives: Bill McKeever

Episode 9: Mt. Gerizim

Today several hundred Samaritans still treat Mt. Gerizim as the correct place where God is to be worshipped. Let’s take a bus ride to the top of the mount and get an overall view of some of the sites we visited that day. The view is totally amazing. This is the shortest video in the series but well worth a view. (Video length: 8:31)

To see the other episodes in this 16-part series, click here.

Episode 8: Samaria

Samaria was the captial of the northern kingdom and thus is an important site for us to investigate. It is a place that serves as the resting place for two kings of Israel, including Ahab. Hear the stories told by Joel Kramer, and I promise, you will never forget what happened here. (Video length: 31:58) 

To see the other episodes in this 16-part series, click here.

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Episode 6: Shechem

The city of Shechem is considered by Joel Kramer to be perhaps the most important city of the Old Testament. Much took place here, as described in Genesis. Visit this important place with us as Joel Kramer provides historical lessons during the time of the Patriarchs. To see the other episodes in this 16-part series, click here.

Episode 5: Jacob's Well

Today’s site has ties to both the Old and New Testaments: Jacob’s Well. Referred to in Genesis as well as John 4 (Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman), a visit to the basement of a church gives us a chance to see this famous well. And we get a chance to drink the water from a very deep well. To see the other episodes in this 16-part series, click here.

Episode 4: Qumran Cave 1 and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Many people have heard about the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Old Testament books are all accounted for in the discoveries that began in 1947/8. However, few know where these caves were found. (Trivia answer: Qumran, at the northwest of the Dead Sea.) Even fewer have had a chance to go inside the first cave where the discovery was made by a Bedouin shepherd. Join us on a trek up a rocky hill to a place of the greatest biblical discovery…ever. To see the other episodes in this 16-part series, click here.

Israel video links

Episode 1: Ai (Time 17:03) Episode 2: Bethel (Time 22:51) Episode 3: The Battle For Jericho (Time 34:18) Episode 4: Qumran Cave 1 and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Time 19:10) Episode 5: Jacob’s Well (Time 11:46) Episode 6: Shechem (Time 33:23) Episode 7: Joseph’s Tomb (Time 5:04) Episode 8: Samaria (Time 31:58) Episode 9: Mt. Gerizim (Time […]

Episode 3: Jericho

In the 1950s, an archaeologist named Kathrine Kenyon came along and said that the Jericho as described by the Bible never took place. However, other archaeologists–both before and after Kenyon–haven’t so readily agreed. The pottery and fallen wall evidence seems to show that there is more to the story than what the secular folks want you to hear. With his video Jericho Unearthed as a background, Joel Kramer takes us onsite to experience Jericho for ourselves. Come alone and see what it’s all about.  To see the other episodes in this 16-part series, click here.

Episode 2: Bethel

Next to the city of Ai (episode 1) lies the city of Bethel. From the place where William F. Albright worked from to the dig itself and reading from Genesis 12, Joel Kramer shares the background and story to this never-visited-by-tourists site. (Video length: 22:51)

Should Christians (or Mormons) Participate in the Hare Krishna Holi Festival of Colors?

The Hare Krishna religion sponsors a popular colorful party near Easter-time called the Holi Festival, or the “Festival of Colors.” It is touted as an innocent rite of spring and a celebration of new life. The highlight for participants is throwing colored chalk into the air as well as each other. The Spanish Fork Hare Krishna temple in Utah is located about 40 minutes south from Salt Lake City and annually hosts more than 70,000 revelers who partake in two full days of  partying, with the vast majority of the celebrants not belonging to the Hare Krishna religion. (In 2015, the dates are Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29.) This is apparently the largest Holi Festival in the year outside of India! Is the Holi Festival a time for innocent fun? Or is this an event Christians (or Mormons, for that matter) should avoid? What does the Bible say?