Ruins of Ashkelon I

Ashkelon is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. It lies on the Mediterranean about an hour south of Tel Aviv. It is mentioned several times in the Bible, primarily as one of the five major cities of the Philistines. The ruins have been protected within a national park, and many archaeological digs take place there. In recent years, a small golden calf has been unearthed as well as the gate of the Canaanite city. This panel shows columns from the Roman period, and the ruins of the Crusader walls, which incorporated building materials such as columns from earlier times, since there was no historical preservation society. Some portions of the Crusader wall has fallen into the sea where a harbor once existed. The Crusader wall was torn down by the army of Saladin in the Moslem conquest of 1187.

The text of Zephaniah 3:6 reads: “I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. “

Size: 40 x 30 in.