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Jerusalem Dateline: 8/4/17 How the Dead Sea Is Giving Life

A special in depth and up above look at the wonders of the Dead Sea and how its future is in danger; plus a report on how the desert is blooming just like the bible said; and how Israel is fulfilling bible prophecy as the land of milk and honey. Read Transcript


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Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," WE

TAKE A SPECIAL INDEPTH AND

UP-ABOVE LOOK AT THE

WONDERS OF THE TODAY SAID DEAD SEA

AND HOW ITS FUTURE IS IN

DANGER.

AND WE LOOK AT HOW THE

BIBLE IS BLOOMING.

> AND HOW ISRAEL IS

FULFILLING THE BIBLE, ONCE

AGAIN BECOMING THE LAND OF

MILK AND HONEY.

THIS WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

SPECIAL EDITION OF

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, COMING

TO YOU THIS WEEK FROM THE

DEAD SEA.

WE'LL TAKE A RARE BIRD'S

EYE VIEW OF THIS NATURAL

WONDER AND SEE HOW ISRAEL

IS MAKING THE DESSERT

BLOOM.

THE DEAD SEA IS A NATURAL

WONDER, BUT IT IS ALSO IN

DANGER.

JULIE STAAL TAKES A LOOK

AT THE PERILOUS FUTURE OF

THIS UNIQUE BODY OF WATER.

Reporter: SUNRISE, A

SOOTHING ATMOSPHERE,

BIBLICAL LANDMARKS AND A

MINERAL TREASURE.

IT SITS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND

JORDAN.

SET BY FRESH WATER FROM

THE JORDAN RIVER AND

MINERAL SPRINGS, IT IS ONE

OF THE SALTIEST LAKES IN

THE WORLD.

SO SALTY, NO FISH CAN

SURVIVE IN IT.

THE WATER, MUD, AND

ATMOSPHERE HAVE HEALING

PROPERTIES.

BUT ALL THIS COULD

DISAPPEAR.

THE DEAD SEA IS DROPPING

AT A RATE OF FIVE TO EIGHT

FEET A YEAR.

THIS BLUE CHAIR MARKS

WHERE THE SHORE LINE WAS

JUST FOUR YEARS AGO.

THAT MEANS THE LOWEST

POINT ON EARTH IS GETTING

EVEN LOWER.

THE REASON IS VERY,

VERY SIMPLE: ON ONE HAND

THERE IS ALL THE TIME

EVAPORATION OF WATER FROM

THE SURFACE, WHICH IS VERY

LARGE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, GOOD

WATER FROM THE UPPER

JORDAN IS TAKEN FOR

IRRIGATION, TO DEVELOP

AGRICULTURE, TO DEVELOP

FOOD FOR THE PEOPLE.

AND THEY STOPPED REACHING

THE SEA.

SO THE BALANCE IS CHANGED.

Reporter: HEBREW

UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ABNER

ADIN SAYS THERE IS ONLY

ONE WAY TO RESTORE THE

SEA.

WHAT COULD SAY THE DEAD

SEA IS ACTUALLY POURING

WATER INTO THE DEAD SEA.

Reporter: HE SAID A

COMBINATION OF SOLUTIONS

IS THE ONLY WAY TO HELP.

ONE WAY, WHICH IS THE

NATURAL ONE, MEANING LET

THE RIVERS FLOW INTO IT.

DON'T TAKE THE WATER FROM

THE JORDAN, FROM THE OTHER

REVERSE METHOD.

LET IT COME BACK TO IT'S

NATURAL WAY.

THE OTHER WAY IS

ARTIFICIAL.

MAKING THE DEAD SEA

PROJECT COME TRUE.

Reporter: ISRAEL AND

JORDAN SIGNED THE RED DEAD

AGREEMENT TO MAKE A 140

CANAL FROM THE RED SEA TO

THE DEAD SEA.

IT BEGINS WITH A

DESALINATION PLAN TO

PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED POWER

AND WATER TO JORDAN, AND

THEN WOULD DROP THE

REMAINDER OF THE WATER

INTO THE DEAD SEA.

ANOTHER WAY IT COULD BE

DONE WOULD BE TO TAKE

WATER FROM THE

MEDITERRANEAN AND

DESALINATE THIS WATER AND

GIVE THIS WATER FOR

DRINKING AND FOR

AGRICULTURE, INSTEAD OF

TAKING THE WATER FROM THE

LAKE OF GALILEE AND FROM

THE STREAMS.

Reporter: BUT ADIN

SAID IT IS NOT EASY TO GET

GOVERNMENTS INVESTED IN

SAVING IT.

THAT'S WHY ACTIVISTS, LIKE

JACOB AND NOAH ARE

SOUNDING THE ALARM.

I WANT TO SEE THE DEAD

SEA RESTORED.

Reporter: BEN, FROM A

NEARBY KIBBUTZ, GIVES THE

FIRST RIDE ON THE DEAD

SEA.

WE NEED TO BRING

AWARENESS OF THE DEAD SEA,

AND EVERYTHING THAT IS

GOING ON, INCLUDING THE

DISAPPEARANCE AND THE WAY

TO SAVE IT.

Reporter: AND IT IS

WORKING.

OVER A YEAR AGO,

PHOTOJOURNALIST NADIN TOOK

THE BOAT STORE.

THAT INSPIRED ME TO

STAND UP FOR IT.

Reporter: THE THESE SALTY

CHIMNEYS MAY BE STUNNING,

BUT THEIR APPEARANCE

SIGNALS TROUBLE.

THEY SHOW THE DROP IN THE

WATER LEVEL IN JUST ONE

YEAR.

I'VE BEEN DOCUMENTING

THIS PLACE LIKE NEVER

BEFORE, OVER A PERIOD OF

TIME, AND DOCUMENTING THE

BEAUTY AND THE MAGIC OF

THIS PLACE, WITH A

PURPOSE: TO EDUCATE THE

NEXT GENERATION OF THIS

ONE-OF-A-KIND PLACE, AND

ALSO SHOWING THE DRAMATIC

CHANGES THAT THIS PLACE

HAS BEEN TAKING.

Reporter: THE DROP

HAS ALSO CAUSED HUGE

SINKHOLES TO OPEN UP

ACROSS THE SHORE, CAUSING

BEACHES TO CLOSE IN A

NEARBY ROAD TO COLLAPSE.

THE DEAD SEA IS A NEARBY

TOURIST DESTINATION.

IT IS SO SALTY, YOU CAN'T

SINK, ONLY FLOAT.

IN THE BIBLE, A YOUNG

DAVID HID IN THE NEARBY

CAVES OF ANGETTI.

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS WERE

FOUND, GIVING US THE

OLDEST MANUSCRIPTS OF THE

BIBLE.

AND THE DEAD SEA IS

ACTUALLY GIVING LIFE.

THE WATERS IN THE DEAD SEA

HAVE SPECIAL HEALING

PROPERTIES FOR SKIN AND

OTHER AILMENTS, AND

MINERAL MINING YIELDS

POTASH, A KEY ELEMENT FOR

FERTILIZER, USED IN

AGRICULTURES TO FIELD THE

WORLD.

ACCORDING TO ADIN, THE

DEAD SEA IS LIKE A VERY

SPECIAL DIAMOND THAT NEEDS

TO BE PRESERVED.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS, THE

DEAD SEA.

Chris: BELIEVE IT OR

NOT, MUCH OF ISRAEL'S

AGRICULTURE TAKES PLACE

RIGHT HERE IN THE DEAREST.

DESERT.

AND ISRAELI FARMERS MUST

CONSTANTLY FIND BETTER WAY

TO GROW BETTER PRODUCE AND

INCREASE THEIR HARVEST.

FARMING IN THE DESERT IS

ABOUT BATTLING THE

ELEMENTS, THE HARSH

CLIMATE, LITTLE WATER, AND

POOR SOIL.

WE ARE NOT THE FIRST,

BUT MAYBE ONE OF THE FIRST

NATIONS EVER, WHO REALLY

FOUND THE WAY TO CULTIVATE

THE DESERT AND MAKE IT

BLOOM.

Chris: WHEN MANY

JEWISH PEOPLE RETURNED TO

THE PROMISED LAND IN THE

1800s, THE LAND WAS

BARREN AND DRY.

BUT ISRAELIS HAVE FOUND

UNIQUE WAYS TO MAKE THE

DESERT BLOOM AND PROCESS.

THIS IS IN THE CENTER OF

ARAVA DESERT.

THIS AREA GETS ABOUT AN

INCH OF RAIN EVERY YEAR.

AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT,

LOCAL FARMERS USE THAT TO

THEIR ADVANTAGE.

FROM HERE TO EUROPE,

THE DIFFERENCE IS SOCIAL.

IT'S A NATURAL MARKET FOR

ISRAEL.

WE ARE HERE AHEAD OF OF

EVERYBODY, DESPITE THE

WEATHER.

Chris: FARMERS HERE

PRODUCE 60% OF ISRAEL'S

FRESH EXPORTS, AND 10% OF

ITS CUT FLOWER MARKET.

MAYAN KIDRON OVERSEES

FLOWER RESEARCH THAT HELPS

FIND ALTERNATIVE CROPS TO

IMPROVE THE FARMER'S

PROCESS IN THE ARAVA.

WE HAVE A NEW PRODUCT.

THIS SMALL, ROUND PEPPER,

WE CALL IT SWEETIE, AND

THAT'S ANOTHER OPTION FOR

THE FARMERS TO GROW.

Chris: EACH YEAR

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN THE

AGRICULTURE BUSINESS VISIT

A GIANT EXHIBITION TO

LEARN ABOUT EXPERTS AND

TECHNOLOGY.

BOAZ WATEL HOPES TO

IMPROVE PLANT GROWTH BY

REGULATING ROOT

TEMPERATURE.

EACH PLANT HAS AN

OPTIMAL TEMPERATURE THAT

IT PERFORMS IN THAT RANGE.

Chris: WATER PIPES

RUN ALONG THE ROOTS,

BRINGING COOL WATER IN THE

SUMMER AND WARMER WATER IN

THE WINTER.

WHEN YOU KEEP THAT ROOT

AT THAT CERTAIN RANGE AND

YOU PREVENT THE

FLUCTUATIONS OF DAY AND

NIGHT TEMPERATURES, AND

SUMMER AND WINTER, THEN

THE PLANT PERFORMS

WONDERFULLY AND IT

PRODUCES MORE YIELD AND A

BETTER QUALITY.

AND THE CYCLE IS ALSO

SHORTER.

Reporter: WATEL SAYS

HE HAS SEEN GREAT SUCCESS.

WE PRODUCED 120% MORE

CUCUMBERS, BASIL WAS 30%

MORE.

AND TOMATOES, THAT IS

USUALLY PLANTED IN

OCTOBER, WE PLANTED THEM

DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE

SUMMER.

Chris: ALOM IS THE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND.

J.N.F. HAS DEVELOPED AND

FORESTED THE LAND OF

ISRAEL FOR MORE THAN 100

YEARS.

HE SAYS IT IS THE SPECIAL

COMMITMENT OF THESE

ISRAELIS TO THE ARAVA THAT

IS MAKING THE LAND

PROSPER.

WITHOUT THIS SPIRIT,

AND WITHOUT THIS BELIEF,

AND WITHOUT THIS CREATION

AND INNOVATION IN

AGRICULTURE AND SCIENCE,

IN WHAT WE SEE -- TOGETHER

HERE IN THE ARAVA FOR THE

PEOPLE OF THE ARAVA.

Chris: UP NEXT, IT IS

CALLED THE BALM OF GIL GILIAD

Chris: THE BIBLE

SPEAKS OF THE BALM OF

GILEAD, AND YOU MAY HAVE

EVEN SUNG A SONG BY THAT

NAME.

BUT IT IS A REAL PLANT IN

THE ANCIENT HOLY LAND, AND

AN ISRAELI FARMER IS

REVIVING THAT BIBLICAL

AGRICULTURE, ALONG WITH

FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH,

BUT HE IS ALSO GETTING

SOME RESISTANCE.

Reporter: MEET GUY

IRLIC, THE PROVIDER OF IN

SENSE NEEDEINCENSE NEEDED FOR A

POSSIBLE THIRD TEMPLE.

HE IS STILL IN THE EARLY

STAGES, BUT ALREADY HE IS

HELPING TURN THE DESERT

GREEN IN AN AREA OF

GILEAD.

THERE ARE MORE VERY

INTERESTING PLANTS IN MY

COLLECTION, THAT HAVE A

HUGE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT

HUMANITY.

Reporter: IT STARTED

WITH THE BALL SIMON TREE,

BETTER KNOWN AS THE BALM

OF GILEAD.

FOR A THOUSAND YEARS,

ANCIENT HEBREW FARMERS

WERE THE ONLY ONES IN THE

WORLD KNOWN TO CULTIVATE

THIS EXOTIC PLANT, USING

IT FOR MEDICINAL AND

COSMETIC PURPOSES.

NOW IRLIC'S COMPANY IS

REVIVING THAT TRADE AND

MORE.

WE CAN MAKE ONE OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT

MEDICATIONS, AND IT IS ONE

OF THE BEST PERFUMES IN

THE ROMAN EMPIRE.

AND SINCE THE SECOND

TEMPLE, IT SERVES AS THE

ANOINTING OIL OF THE

KINGS.

Reporter: IRLIC GOT

HIS FIRST PLANT FROM A

CHUTE THAT WAS SMUGGLED BY

A GERMAN SCIENTIST OUT OF

SAUDI ARABIA AND BROUGHT

TO ISRAEL.

ODDLY ENOUGH, THE PLANTS

HE GROWS ARE THRIVING IN

THE INTENSE HEAT ON THE

SHORES OF THE DEAD SEA.

BEFORE IT IS REAL

MEDICINE, IT WILL BE A

HORHORTICULTURE AND COSMETIC.

Reporter: IRLIC HAS

SIX ACRES OF BALM OF

GILEAD AND OTHER 5,000

PLANTS READY TO BE

PLANTED.

RIGHT NOW I'M THE ONLY

INDIVIDUAL DOING THIS IN

THE WORLD.

Reporter: THE RESIN

FROM THE BARK, THE

BERRIES, AND THE LEAVES OF

THE BALM OF GILEAD CAN ALL

BE USED.

IRLIC ALSO GROWS

FRANKINCENSE ON HIS

PLANTATION.

THIS IS MY SECOND BABY,

AFTER THE BALM OF GILEAD.

IT STARTED WITH THE VISION

OF BRINGING BACK THE BALM

OF GILEAD TO THE SHORES OF

THE DEAD SEA.

BUT I UNDERSTAND THERE IS

ANOTHER INTERESTING

COLLECTION IN MY TEAM OF

PLANTS.

AND I WANT TO MAKE THEM

INTO PRODUCT.

Reporter: THERE ARE

MORE THAN 20 VARIETIES OF

FRANKINCENSE, BUT THIS IS

THE ONE FROM THE BIBLE,

AND IT IS CONSIDERED AN

ENDANGERED SPECIES.

THIS IS THE

FRANKINCENSE OF THE EARLY

TEMPLE.

THIS TREE ONLY GROWS IN

DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN

AFRICA.

AND SINCE THERE IS A BIG

DEMAND FOR THIS, THERE IS

OVERUSE OF THE PLANT.

Reporter: IRLIC IS

ALSO GROWING MYRRH, AND

THERE MAY BE A CONNECTION

TO THE GIFTS THAT THE

MATCMAJIBROUGHT JESUS.

THEY BROUGHT

FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH AND

GOLD.

AND THEY CLAIMED THAT THE

GOLD WAS THE BALM OF

GILEAD.

THIS IS THE DIAMOND OF THE

MEDICAL PLANTS.

Reporter: IRLIC, WHO

DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS A MAN

OF FAITH, BUT NOT

RELIGIOUS, SAYS ALSO

GROWING A NUMBER OF OTHER

PLANTS NEEDED TO MAKE THE

INCENSE FOR THE TEMPLE.

THAT HAS CAUGHT THE

ATTENTION OF SOME

RELIGIOUS JEWS, WHO WOULD

LIKE TO SEE A THIRD TEMPLE

BUILT IN JERUSALEM.

I WAS SURPRISED FROM

THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT

CAME TO VISIT ME.

I TOLD THEM I WOULD BE

MORE THAN HAPPY TO SUPPLY

THE INCENSE FOR THE

TEMPLE.

AND I WOULD DO MY BEST TO

BE READY WITH THE INCENSE,

BUT I TOLD HIM I'M NOT

GOING TO BUILD HIM A

TEMPLE.

Reporter: BUT DESPITE

HIS EXCITEMENT OVER HIS

TEAM OF PLANTS, HE HAS

ALSO HAD SOME BIG

CHALLENGES.

HIS PLANTATION IS IN

BIBLICAL JUDEA, AND THAT

HAS SCARED OFF AN AMERICAN

COMPANY WHO PARTNERED WITH

IRLIC FOR YEARS.

ONE REASON: BACKLASH FROM

B.D.S., TH THE BOYCOTT AND

DIVEST.

HE HAS HAD TO DISMISS HIS

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN

WORKERS, AND RELY ON

FRIENDS, WHO SPENT A WEEK

HERE, AMONG OTHER THINGS,

PULLING WEEDS.

IF THIS IS WHAT WE CAN

DO TO MAKE THE WORLD

BETTER AT THE END, THIS IS

OUR JOB.

Reporter: IRLIC'S

GOAL IS TO START A

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

CENTER FOR MEDICAL PLANTS

THAT HE HOPES WILL BENEFIT

THE AREA AND THE REGION,

AND AS THE BIBLE SAYS,

MAKE THE DESERT BLOOM.

> JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS,

BALM OF GILEAD FARM AT THE

DEAD SEA.

Chris: COMING UP,

WATCH THE BIBLE COME TO

LIFE IN THE LAND OF MILK

Chris: AS ISRAEL

FACES TROUBLE ON NEARLY

EVERY SIDE, IT IS

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER HOW

GOD IS FULFILLING HIS

PROMISES TO THE JEWISH

PEOPLE.

JULIE STAAL HAS MORE ON

HOW BIBLICAL PROPHECY IS

COMING TO PASS, AND IT'S

ONE OF MY FAVORITE

STORIES.

Julie: IN THE BIBLE,

GOD PROMISES THE JEWISH

PEOPLE A LAND FLOWING WITH

MILK AND HONEY.

AND WHILE IT IS A SIGN OF

ABUNDANCE, IT IS ALSO

LITERAL.

IT IS, LIKE, MILK AND

HONEY IS CRITICAL.

IT IS USED 20 TIMES IN THE

SCRIPTURE.

Julie: BUT WHEN THE

JEWISH PEOPLE RETURNED

FROM 2,000 YEARS IN EXILE,

THEY FOUND A BARREN,

DESERT LAND.

AND MOSHI SAYS THAT WAS

ALL IN GOD'S PLAN.

GOD SAID, I'M GOING TO

DO SOMETHING MIRACULOUS.

I'M GOING TO CREATE A LAND

THAT EVEN THOUGH THE

CLIMATE DOESN'T CALL FOR

IT, IT WILL BE FILLED WITH

DATES AND HONEY AND WITH

MILK.

SO YOU KNOW THAT NOTHING

IN THIS LAND COMES HERE

EXCEPT WHEN IT IS FROM ME.

Julie: AND GOD HAS

DELIVERED ON THAT PROMISE.

WE CONSIDER THAT WE'RE

LEADERS IN THE WORLD.

Julie: DESPITE THE

HEAT, HUMIDITY, AND

LIMITED RESOURCES, THE

ISRAELI COW PRODUCES MORE

MILK PER YEAR THAN COWS IN

THE U.S., EUROPEAN UNION,

AND AUSTRALIA.

WE KEEP GOING UP.

Julie: RONAN GOU

MANAGES OPERATIONS FOR THE

DAIRY AT THE KIBBUTZ.

THE MILK PRODUCTION IN

ISRAEL IS VERY CLEVER.

IT IS VERY HIGH-TECH.

Julie: AND WHAT ABOUT

THE HONEY?

MOST BELIEVE HONEY IN

BIBLE TIMES PROBABLY CAME

FROM DATE TREES.

THIS BOTANIST IMMIGRATED

FROM THE U.S. AND SETTLED

NOT FAR FROM YUTABAR ON

THE KIBBUTZ IN 1974.

I STARTED OUT AS THE

HEAD OF THE ORCHARD

BRANCH, AND THAT WAS KIND

OF FUNNY BECAUSE AT THAT

TIME WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY

ORCHARDS.

SO IN THE FIRST FEW YEARS,

I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR

PLANTING THEM.

THE FIRST ORCHARD I

PLANTED WAS THE DATE

ORCHARD, WHICH YOU CAN SEE

BEHIND US.

IT IS THE MAIN

AGRICULTURAL BRANCH OF THE

KIBBUTZ.

Julie: THERE ARE TENS

OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF

DATE TREES IN ISRAEL.

SALAWAY PLANTED SOME 3,000

OF THOSE TREES HERE.

THIS DATE ORCHARD IS HERE

IN THE ARAVA DESERT.

EACH ONE OF THESE TREES

PRODUCES ABOUT 350 TONS OF

DATES EACH YEAR.

SHE EVEN MANAGED TO SPROUT

A 2,000-YEAR-OLD DATE

SEED.

THE TREE IS NOW FIVE YEARS

OLD.

DATES AND PALMS WERE

IMPORTANT IN THE

SCRIPTURES, AND DATES FROM

THIS AREA WERE KNOWN

THROUGHOUT THE ANCIENT

WORLD.

THE ROMANS HAD NOTHING

NICE TO SAY ABOUT THE

JEWS, EXCEPT THAT THEY HAD

GOOD DATES.

THEIR EMPERORS USED TO

ORDER JUD JUDEAN DATES TO EAT.

Julie: TODAY ISRAEL'S

DATES ARE STILL FAMOUS

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

ISRAEL EXPORTS SOME 12,000

TONS OF DATES EACH YEAR TO

20 COUNTRIES.

NOW SALAWAY IS GOING

BEYOND DATES TO GROW OTHER

LIFE IN THE DESERT.

I'M LOOKING FOR TREES

THAT LOVE TO LIVE IN THE

DESERT, THAT REJOICE TO

LIVE IN THE DESERT.

NOT THE ONES I HAVE TO

KEEP ON LIFE SUPPORT.

Julie: SHE FOUND

CLUES IN THE BIBLE.

WE INTRODUCED

FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH,

WHICH HAD PROBABLY BEEN

INTRODUCED AT THE TIME OF

KING SOLOMON.

ACCORDING TO WHAT WE COULD

TELL FROM FOLK TALES AND

THE BIBLE, THERE WAS

ALREADY AN INCENSE TREE

HEAR CALLED THE BALM OF

GILEAD.

ZEK HE SAID IN LEVITICUS IT

IS GOING TO BE THE DEATH

OF THE LAND WHEN I TAKE

YOU OUT.

BUT, WATCH, WHEN I BRING

MY PEOPLE BACK HOME, THIS

LAND WILL BLOSSOM WITH

TREES AND FRUITS.

Julie: SO EVERY DATE

YOU EAT AND EVERY GLASS OF

MILK YOU DRINK IS LIKE

PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS,

KIBBUTZ.

Chris: UP NEXT, SEE

Chris: ON THE SAME

DAY A UNITED NATIONS'

GROUP BASICALLY DENIED ANY

JEWISH CONNECTION TO THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, A NEWLY

DISCOVERED PIECE OF

HISTORY CALLED THAT CLAIM

INTO QUESTION.

IT WAS A RARE FIND

DISCOVERED NOT TOO FAR

FROM HERE THAT LINKS THE

JEWISH PEOPLE TO JERUSALEM

AS FAR BACK AS 2,700 YEARS

AGO.

THIS SMALL DOCUMENT

CONTAINS THE EARLIEST

MENTION OF JERUSALEM EVER

FOUND OUTSIDE THE BIBLE.

PRIOR TO THIS, THERE

WERE ONLY TWO OTHER

APIRATES WRITTEN IN HEBREW

FOUND AT ALL.

AND PERHAPS THE GREATEST

SIGNIFICANCE IN THE FIRST

TIME WE HAVE IN HEBREW,

THE NAME JERUSALEM.

Chris: IT SAYS, "FROM

THE KING'S MAID SERVICE,

JARS OF WINE TO

JERUSALEM."

THE DOCUMENT IS A

SHIPMENT CERTIFICATE FROM

A PLACE CALLED NAHARATA,

NAHARAN.

WE MENTION THAT TWO JARS

OF WINE ARE GOING TO BE

SHIPPED TO JERUSALEM.

Chris: A UNIT SEIZED

THE FRAGMENT FROM

PALESTINIAN LOOTERS

EXCAVATING WITHOUT A

LICENSE.

WE UNDERSTOOD THAT WE

HAD SOMETHING VERY, VERY

IMPORTANT IN OUR HAND.

WEE READ IT, AND WE

UNDERSTOOD ITS VALUE.

Chris: HE SAID THEY

HAD TAKEN IT FROM THE SAME

AREA WHERE THE DEAD SEA

SCROLLS WERE FOUND DECADES

AGO.

UNTIL TODAY, ONLY THE

DESERT HAS THIS.

Chris: THIS CURATOR

SAYS IT IS NOT THAT OTHER

WRITINGS DIDN'T EXIST, BUT

THESE SURVIVED BECAUSE OF

THE DRY CLIMATE.

THIS PARTICULAR PART IS

ACTUALLY A MIRACLE.

Chris: SCROLL

RESEARCHER ORIN ABLEMAN

SAYS THE JEWISH CONNECTION

IS CLEAR.

WE KNOW IT FROM

HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS FROM

THE BIBLE AND OTHER

SOURCES, THERE WAS THE

KINGDOM OF JUDEA AT THIS

PERIOD.

Chris: AND SHORE SAYS

IF THE READING IS CONNECT,

THERE IS ALSO A NEW

UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE

OF WOMEN.

IT WAS THE WOMAN

OFFICER OF THE SLAVE OF

THE KING.

SO NOT ONLY ARE WE TALKING

ABOUT JERUSALEM, BUT WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT WOMEN WHO

ARE IN HIGH OFFICE.

Chris: ABLEMAN SAID

IT IS NOT ONLY AN

IMPORTANT FIND FOR JEWISH

HISTORY, BUT ALSO FOR

DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORLD.

> WELL, THAT DISCOVERY

AND THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

FOUND IN THIS VERY AREA

ARE TREASURES FOR THE

WHOLE WORLD.

THAT IS IT FOR THIS

SPECIAL EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

WE WANT TO SAY HELLO TO

THOSE WATCHING US OUT OF

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, AND TO

OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD.

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I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, AND

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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