Saturday, September 8, 2007

Honey Bees in Israel and at Trinity

A local beekeeper, who is a good friend of our Church Business Administrator, removed a rather large beehive from our church property last week. It was a fascinating process to watch. I am amazed at the complexity and order of the decentralized bee colony. Every bee has a specific job to do and does it well, including some bees whose only job is to flap their wings by the entrance to the beehive in order to keep the air circulating. Absolutely amazing. (And secularists say this world is the product of random chance! I don't have enough blind faith to believe that.) I'll try to post some pics of it. Meanwhile, I read this story in the USA Today earlier this week...

JERUSALEM — Archaeologists digging in northern Israel have discovered evidence of a 3,000-year-old beekeeping industry, including remnants of ancient honeycombs, beeswax and what they believe are the oldest intact beehives ever found.

The findings in the ruins of the city of Rehov include 30 intact hives dating to around 900 B.C., archaeologist Amihai Mazar of Jerusalem's Hebrew University told The Associated Press. He said it offers unique evidence that an advanced honey industry existed in the Holy Land at the time of the Bible.

Beekeeping was widely practiced in the ancient world, where honey was used for medicinal and religious purposes as well as for food, and beeswax was used to make molds for metal and to create surfaces to write on. While portrayals of bees and beekeeping are known in ancient artwork, nothing similar to the Rehov hives has ever been found before, Mazar said.


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