Anyone who has heard of the Marriage Feast at Cana (Gospel of John 2:1-11) has heard of ‘the six stone jars, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.’Jars made of stone seems a most strange idea!
Prof. Roland Deines looks at two, much smaller, stone vessel – they all date from a period of about 80 years before the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 CE, and are found exclusively on Jewish sites – and what they can tell us about Jewish domestic life in the period from the beginning of the reign of Herod the Great until the destruction of the temple. The video illustrates the point that archaeological evidence can often remove the obscurity of texts and be a window into another culture and world.
Other videos you may wish to look at include;
Margaret Barker's walk through the Old Testament parts 1-4
Why Study The Old Testament alongside the New with Margaret Barker