Author: Don Knebel

Traditional “Garden of Gethsemane” on Mount of Olives (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: The Garden of Gethsemane

During Passion Week, Christians around the world will rehear the story of Jesus’ agony in the “Garden of Gethsemane.” Travelers to Jerusalem can visit what is said to be the very garden. But whether...

Jerusalem’s Church of Dominus Flevit. (Photo by Don Knebel) 2

Column: Visit where Jesus wept

On the day Christians remember as the first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey down the Mount of Olives from Bethpage to Jerusalem. All four Gospels report that Jewish followers acknowledged him as their...

Portion of Copper Scroll at Jordan Archaeological Museum (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Scroll: Treasure map or ancient hoax?

The so-called “Copper Scroll,” now housed in a Jordanian museum, identifies hidden caches of almost unimaginable quantities of gold and silver.  Although some scholars believe the scroll is a 2000-year-old hoax, would-be Indiana Joneses...

Section of Parthenon Frieze in the British Museum. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Will England lose its marbles?

Magnificent marble sculptures from the Parthenon are among the most popular of the eight million items in London’s British Museum. These so-called “Elgin Marbles” are also the museum’s most controversial items, with persistent claims...

“Solar Boat” in Cairo’s Boat Museum. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Khufu’s flying boat?

The Boat Museum on Cairo’s Giza Plateau was built to display a single item — a 4,500-year-old wooden boat.  Exactly why the boat was built remains a mystery. In 1954, archaeologists discovered 1,224 neatly...

Eleventh century Cappadocian fresco of St. George. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: St. George: origins of an icon

The Cappadocia region of central Turkey, home to Christian communities since the second century, includes dozens of churches carved inside the area’s unique volcanic rock formations.   An eleventh century fresco in one church...

Canaanite City Gate at Tel Dan (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Tel Dan: Proof of King David

Underground springs and runoff from Lebanon’s Mount Hermon create a lush landscape in the Galilee Panhandle of northeast Israel far different from the remainder of the country.  This fertile area includes Tel Dan, a...

Tower of Belém as seen from the east. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Lisbon’s Tower of Belém

By 1500, Portuguese seafarers had explored the western coast of Africa and sailed around the Cape of Good Hope to India, bringing new ideas and images back to Europe. The iconic “Tower of Belém,”...

Ruins of Palace at Medina Azahara. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Versailles of the Middle Ages

Medina Azahara (Shining City) near Cordoba, Spain, was the most dazzling city in the entire world during its very short life. Ironically, its premature demise allowed its architectural innovations to survive. In 929 A.D.,...

Pancha Rathas Shrines in Mamallapuram, India (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Pancha Rathas: Honoring a poem

Monumental shrines carved in solid rock in southeast India pay homage to a poem that influences the lives of hundreds of millions of people every day.  The shrines themselves, although never completed, have also...