What was it like to "go up" to the Temple, "the house of the God of Jacob"? Starting this week, pilgrims to Jerusalem can walk the same path worshippers took 2,000 years ago.
A researcher at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv has been studying Judaism as it is practiced today by Ethiopian Jews in Africa. The way they honor Shabbat, practice purity laws and sex, he says, is almost identical to the way Judaism was expressed 2,000 years ago.
What was life like in Jerusalem one thousand years ago? Two thousand years ago? How did people do life? What did they look like? The ongoing Temple Mount Sifting Project, has uncovered thousands of clues. Among them are a wide variety of glass bracelets and finger rings worn by adults and children too. Life then, like now, included bling and color.
What was it like to visit the Temple in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago? How did it look to the thousands who thronged there, including people like Jesus and his apostles? Now we can see for ourselves.