Thursday, December 13, 2012
Grinding Wheat, Israeli-style
While we were in Capernaum (Kfar Nahum, the village of Nahum) we visited what is supposedly Peter's house, although it could have been Yeshua's home for all that they can prove. It's a religious site, and the Catholic Church built a church over the site, which made it a bit awkward to see the actual remains, but there are ruins all around that we explored and enjoyed. It's amazing to see how they lived thousands of years ago, and how much or how little has changed over time.
For instance, here's an example of how they ground wheat in Samson's day, and in Yeshua's. 50% of their daily calories were from grains and that meant the woman of the home spent several hours (4-6) a day grinding the wheat berries. That's a lot of work...