Letter to the Editor

Fish mosiac

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dear Editor,

In Jun 2016, a mosaic depicting a giant fish eating one of the Egyptian Pharaoh's soldiers was found when a fifth century synagogue at Huqoq, Israel, was excavated.

Archaeologists were working near the Sa of Galilee and uncovered it along with som other mosaics of biblical scenes.

The Sea of Galilee, located 680 feet below sea level, 12 1/2 miles long and 7 1/2 miles wide. The river Jordan flows into it. During the lifetime of Jesus, there were nine cities along its shores.

Artists created this mosaic in about 400 to 450 A.D. The Red Sea was miraculously parted so that Moses could lead the Israelites over dry ground to the wilderness that scholars say was the country of Edom. It was probably the southern part of the peninsula between the gulfs of Suez and Aquaba.

Mount Sinai was reached about three months after the Israelites fled from Egypt. Sinai was one of the peaks of Jebel Musa.

Moses was on Sinai when he received the Ten Commandments. While he was up there, the Israelites built a golden calf and worshiped it. About 600,000 Israelites remained in the Sinai area. Caleb and Joshua went to Palestine (now Israel). Joshua was a successor to Moses. He died at age 110 and is buried at Timmath-Serah.

Joshua and a new generation of Israelites crossed a river and entered into the Promised Land. They entered the valley of the Jordan River 800 feet below the Mediterranean Sea.

Helen Ruth Arnold,

Trenton, Neb.

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