The heat of the day

There’s times here where it can get really hot and uncomfortable. Living in a tent is not glamorous and not having the comforts of home is fairly awful at times. I know this is the life I chose and I know this is what I want to do, but those times do happen.

Then I see a this.

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Israel is so beautiful.

I wouldn’t trade the Rivka dig for anything. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I want to soak up every minute of it. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

 

Rivka, Kidron Valley

The town of Rivka is so beautiful. It’s located in the Kidron Valley, a few kilometers south of the Kedar settlement. Here’s some pictures from the area and from the trip up to Rivka.

Rivka is a cute little area with a lot of areas for us to explore. There’s at least two caves that we’ll be able to explore and dig a bit. The rules from the Israel Antiquities Authority are very specific and very demanding. Not in a bad way. We want the IAA to control access to dig sites so there isn’t damage. We’re so blessed to be able to be here.

In Rivka, Kidron, we’re hoping to find some early artifacts from its early days as a town. This area was used as a trading post in the Ottoman Empire and we’ve already seen the impact some have made that will make this a challenge. Looking forward to it.

We’ve arrived in Israel!

Our team has arrived in Israel! We’re a little tired after 4 hours of delays on our trip, but we got up this morning and started a little tour of Jerusalem before we move on to Rivka, Kidron.

We’re soaking up living in the hotel for a day or two as we know tent living won’t be very glamorous. The IAA doesn’t want a big footprint for the dig, so we have to not bring too much with us to Rivka, Kidron. It is going to be SO AWESOME. I can’t believe I’m here. Ok, see you in a bit.

I’ll be visiting Rivka, Kidron on my first archaeological dig

I have exciting news to share! I’m blessed to be visiting Rivka in the Kidron Valley on my first archaeological dig! The Israel Antiquities Authority approved our professor’s request after 12 long months of permitting process to dig in the now abandoned town of Rivka. Rivka, Kidron, is a small ancient city in the Kidron Valley in Israel. It disappeared in the mid-1800s after an earthquake destroyed much of the town’s buildings.

This blog will detail my journey and show you what we discover in Rivka.

First, a little bit about “Rivka.” Rivka means Rebekah in Hebrew. Read this little blurb:

The Torah introduces Rivka, the second matriarch, as soon as she is born. Avraham returns with Yitzhak from the Akeida (“binding”) episode, pondering the future generations that must come from Yitzhak. Avraham realizes how close Yitzhak came to losing his life and with it, the Jewish future. So Avraham decides the time has come to find Yitzhak a wife.

At that moment, God informs Avraham that his brother Nachor is married and has eight sons, including one named Bethuel. “And Bethuel had a daughter Rivka” (Genesis 22:23). The Torah introduces us to Rivka at the same moment that Avraham is looking for a marriage partner for Yitzhak.

Similarly, the last time the Torah mentions Rivka is also in the context of arranging a marriage, this time for her son, Yaakov:

And Rivka told Yitzhak: “I’m sick of my life because of the Hittite women (which Eisav has married) … let Yaakov go to Haran and take a wife from the daughters of Lavan, my brother.” (Genesis 27:46)A look at the meaning of Rivka’s name further connects us to the concept of marriage:

Rivka = “a yoke used to join two animals of the same species together, to fulfill a purpose or work together in the fields.” (Hebrew-Hebrew dictionary, Even Shoshan)

The community of Rivka, Kidron was named after Rebekah. The town has always been fairly small due to its remote location and it doesn’t have much in the way of natural resources. However, much of the area has been left undisturbed because of its remote location. I imagine we’re going to see quite the stuff on our archaeological dig.

So, now, off to Israel and off to Rivka!