I woke up this morning so exhausted. I’m all right once I get going, but I’m really not getting enough sleep for the amount of energy I’m expending. At least today was a fairly easy day. I can’t wait for our free day on Monday and I have no idea how I’m going to manage tomorrow, particularly as it’s meant to be a major wet, windy storm tomorrow.
Anyway, we left at 8am and headed south to Bet She’an, where I gave my second talk.
On the way, we passed some sheep. I was wondering when we’d see sheep (we hadn’t yet) because they’re mentioned so often in the Bible.
Most of the ruins at Bet She’an – which is still a modern city – are from the Roman and Byzantine periods.
There were lots of mosaics.
A Byzantine-era baptismal font just outside the public baths. You can see it’s half-way between a mikveh and the modern fonts and baptisteries we have today. This is before baptism was done by a pastor or priest to someone, back when people baptised themselves. They stripped their clothes off and walked into it, just like in a mikveh. The plaster and paint here is original.