A couple of weeks ago we went on a “Bible Experience Field Trip” to a Biblical Land Preserve. In other words, it’s 620 acres of land that has plants that would have been around in the Biblical era. This led to some kind of neat explanations, such as Adam and Eve’s use of fig leaves to cover themselves. We compared fig leaves to leaves of other plants that they most likely would have had at their disposal, and wound up at the conclusion that fig leaves were by far the biggest of the time, and thus would have been the most practical to use in their tailoring.
We also got to make our own hissop (Hebrew word) or zatar (Arabic word). It’s a spice here that’s used on tons of food, especially bread. We played “ancient people” and smooshed the leaves into a thousand pieces… possibly more. After this, we moved over to another part of the preserve which largely resembled Birch Creek (imagine for just a second how homesick that made me). We then made dough for our own pitas (awesome!), and lit some fires to cook them on. As soon we lit the fires it felt like a giant camping trip. The only thing that could’ve made it better was some good fishing.
|Smooshing hissop! Yum!|
|With the pita dough! Me, Madison, and Jen|
|Putting the dough on the hot pan! I actually really miss cooking here... Pathetic, I know.|
However, the thing I was looking forward to most in this trip was the promised “sheep herding.” I'd been really excited for the herding for a while, ever since they told us that it would be part of the "experience." I was more than ready to show off my well honed sheep herding skills. For some reason, I guess I was picturing some beautiful mountainside scene, reminiscent of Scotland or the sorts, where we'd be taking hundreds of sheep down into a lush, green valley. You can imagine my reaction when we found out that we would be going in groups of twenty to herd four sheep and four goats from one circle to another. Not exactly what I had been picturing. Regardless, I did my thing, and it was pretty fun. Another feather in the Montana-girl hat.
|Standing with the... multitude of sheep and goats|
|We found this sign that said marriage straight ahead, so we followed it. However, I remain unmarried. Lies.|
|Fake crying with Danielle's giant bunch of myrtle. Putting it above your bed is supposed to bring wealth to your life. I have a little spring on my corkboard here, but, again, no luck yet.|
|We ended the day with hearing from a Torah scribe telling us about copying the Torah. It was fascinating.|