"Brit-Am Now"-743
1. Rules of Conduct when meeting Orthodox Jews
2. Walt Baucum: The Solomon Building

1. Rules of Conduct when meeting Orthodox Jews
Many if not Most Brit-Am members in Israel are Orthodox Jews.
We are interested in meeting Brit-Am supporters and sympathizers
on  their visits to Israel. These meetings are important to us and we usually enjoy them
and find them a benefit to both sides.
Two points however keep recurring so we thought it expedient to remark upon them.

(a) Touching. Males and females who are not related should refrain from touching each other.
Hand-shaking is accepted but many would prefer to avoid even this.
Hugging, stroking, patting, kissing, etc, including a "farewell hug"
should be considered out of the

(b) Beliefs. Meetings between Brit-Am members should concentrate on Brit-Am matters
which are numerous  and should provide more than enough topics for conversation.
Please do not try to discuss your religious beliefs
and especially not try to convince others of them.
This is a serious matter and often leads the Jewish party into feeling they
have transgressed a Divine Injunction (Deuteronomy 13) just by being present.

2. Walt Baucum: The Solomon Building
Hello Yair.  Hope the rockets are missing you and your loved ones.
It is nice to agree to disagree.  We disagree on who the Philistines were, for example.  I read the "Brit-Am Now"--742 (I believe) regarding the palace that Solomon built for his Egyptian wife.  Although you did not seem to say one way or another whether the article about its being in Lebanon were true, I have a different take on its location.  I too might be entirely wrong, but David Rohl's research on this very subject seems valid.
For what it is worth, I am sending a short write-up on it.
Take care.
Walt Baucum
re "Brit-Am Now"-742
#2. The Temple at Baal Bek: King Solomon or Only the Romans?

Solomon's Palace for Pharaoh's Daughter
Walt Baucum

            "And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, 'My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come'" (2 Chron. 8:11 KJV).

            The pharaoh who gave his daughter in marriage to King Solomon in the early years of his reign was probably Haremheb, although he remains anonymous in the Bible.  He was replaced later in Solomon's reign by Seti I.  The reigns of these pharaohs are in accordance with David Rohl's "new chronology" dates.  An interesting question, though, is where this palace was located.
            Rohl believes it was north of Jerusalem where the present church of St. Etienne is located.  During Solomon's rule, the City of David was situated on a narrow spur to the east of which is the deep Kidron Valley.  A northern extension to the city was where the Temple Mount stood.  A still later expansion of Jerusalem is today indicated by the Herodian wall extending west and north.  Higher still a mountain ridge carries the Nablus Road out from the Damascus Gate north along the central ridge of the hill country to ancient Shechem and beyond.  On the east side of this road an Egyptian presence in Jerusalem has been uncovered within the grounds of the monastery of St. Etienne.
            Of greater interest is that the location of this Egyptian enclave looks down upon the Temple Mount and the City of David.

            "But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo" (1 Kings 9:24).

            Professor Gabriel Barkay of Tel Aviv University found evidence that an Egyptian style building once had existed to the north of the Damascus Gate, just outside the walled city of Herod's Jerusalem.  He found objects and artifacts, both his own and some in display cabinets of the Ecole Biblique unearthed earlier, that included a fragment of an Egyptian stela with hieroglyphic texts; a large hotep-class stone offering table; two Egyptian alabaster vessels; a headless statuette of a seated figure in typical Egyptian style; and a limestone column capital of the palmiform design, this latter relocated by Barkay in the grounds of the famous "Garden Tomb" believed by some people to be the place of Jesus' interment following his crucifixion.[Rohl, David, A Test of Time (1995), p. 218.]
            Professor Barkey concluded that an Egyptian-style building once stood at this location.  Although the objects and Egyptian alabasters associated with the building, 18th Dynasty type (i.e. LBIIA), tentatively dated to the late 18th to early 19th Dynasties, do not tell precisely what type of building it was, it could have been a small temple within the residence of a native Egyptian of high rank, or even the tomb of that Egyptian.
            However, the structure is the only one containing Egyptian architectural elements (made of stone) ever found in Jerusalem, or anywhere in Palestine, and the only building known to have been constructed in Israel by Solomon for a native Egyptian.  It very well could have been the palace that he built for Pharaoh's Daughter, as recorded in the Old Testament.
            Rohl has re-dated the orthodox chronology in A Test of Time, calling it the "new chronology." In the orthodox chronology, Barkay's Late Bronze Age structure is too early to be associated with Solomon, whereas it fits well Rohl's new chronology.  In it, the palace remains agree with the statement in 2 Chronicles 8:11, "And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her."
            "We now know that the biblical historian was being very precise in his location of the Egyptian queen's residence.  Solomon built her palace on a hill overlooking the city of Jerusalem which really was 'up from' the old city and its new sacred precinct on the temple mount."[Rohl p. 221]
            His conclusion is, "The only Egyptian architectural remains ever found in Jerusalem are to be identified with the palace of Pharaoh's Daughter, constructed by Solomon after the completion of the Temple of Yahweh in the king's 11th year (1 Kings 6:37-38).  These remains date to Late Bronze IIB and are contemporary with the reigns of the Egyptian pharaohs Haremheb (late-reign) and Seti I."[Rohl, p.221]

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