Steve shares some very good thoughts on the misuse of archaeology for political purposes.
Tourists, visit Jericho and see the very tree that Zacchaeus was in! No kidding… Z. must have carved his initials in one of the branches. Otherwise how would they know it was the right tree? Unless… that is…. they’re just pimping the Bible again… Nah. People wouldn’t do that.
With a giant trunk and boughs towering 60 feet high, a gnarled sycamore near Jericho’s main square has long been touted as the very tree that the hated tax collector climbed to get a glimpse of Jesus. Now it’s taking center stage in a plan to transform this ancient desert backwater into a tourism hub. The tree, once tucked obscurely away on a side street, is a featured attraction of a Russian-funded museum complex to be unveiled this month as part of Jericho’s 10,000th birthday celebrations.
Yeah, I guess they would.