The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Visiting the Holy Land at knee level

Timothy Sailors used to go on vacation to relax. Not last year. He spent two weeks digging — at the excavation of the Israeli port city of Yavneh-Yam. The site is important in understanding the degree to which Hellenism and Judaism influenced early Christianity.

"At Yavneh-Yam we are able to see the presence of Greek life and thought mingled with Second Temple Judaism," said Sailors, 21, a member of Pontoppidan Lutheran Church, El lendale, Minn. He recently graduated from Wheaton [Ill.] College with a major in biblical history and theology.

He joined the dig as a volunteer with EarthCorps, the field crew of Earthwatch, a non-profit ecological organization. EarthCorps dispatches scores of people looking for a unique vacation across the country and around the world to assist scientists. Archaeology is just one of several project areas.

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