November 10, 2010
At Haran (Harran) one can see bee-hive houses that are said to be about 200 years old, but built on the same pattern as in the days of the Patriarchs. On the back of the house on your left you can see the oven.
Bee-Hive structures at Haran. View of Oven. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.
The fuel for such ovens would be wood and/or dung, as seen in photo below.
Fuel for the Fire. Dung cakes & wood for oven fires. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.
I was able to go inside one of the houses in Haran. It was quite nice.
Inside a bee-hive house at Haran. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.
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November 9, 2010
In our previous post we made reference to Jacob’s watering Laban’s flock. Genesis 28 tells of his flight from Canaan to Haran of Mesopotamia: “Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran” (v.10). Jacob’s mother Rebekah had said, “Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away” (Gen. 27:43-44). Ironically, those “few days” would turn into a sojourn of some twenty years!
Previously we showed a photo of an ancient well to illustrate how Jacob watered the sheep as mentioned in Gen. 29:10. Our photo today was taken at Haran (modern spelling is Harran). Shepherds continue to lead their sheep to water and grazing these thousands of years later.
Shepherd w/Sheep at Haran. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.
Jacob agreed to work seven years as a shepherd for Laban in order to marry Rachel. When the time quickly passed the wedding night arrived. But the next morning Jacob awoke to discover that he was married to Leah, Rachel’s sister. When he demanded an explanation from Laban, he told his immeasurably shocked son-in-law that it was not their custom to marry the younger daughters before the older. But he had a solution: let Leah have her one-week wedding festivities, then marry Rachel, on the condition that you work seven more years! Jacob agreed to those terms. After those fourteen (total) years had passed, Jacob worked another six years for Laban, making the total of twenty years we referenced above in our post.
Photo below shows the site of biblical Haran.
Biblcial Haran. Jacob sojourned in this area 20 years. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.
Later, when Isaac died, Jacob and Esau buried him. But there is no mention of all of Jacob’s seeing his mother after sending him away to Haran for what she thought would be just a short while.
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May 7, 2010
Our previous post pertained to the patriarchal home of Beersheba, located in the South (Negev) in OT Canaan. We saw that Jacob fled from Beersheba and traveled to Haran, “between the rivers;” hence, Mesopotamia (Greek) or Aram Naharaim (Hebrew). The rivers, of course, are the Tigris and Euphrates. See map below:
At Haran one can see “bee-hive” shaped houses that are 200 or so years old, which are said to be built along the same style of Patriarchal times. If that is so, Jacob (and before him Abraham) would have seen houses like these below during his stay there.
Haran, Bee-hive shaped houses. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
Dung mixed with straw is shaped into “cakes” and allowed to dry. This is commonly used as fuel for cooking in what is today eastern Turkey.
Haran, Dung Cakes for Fuel. Photo by Leon Mauldin.
In the photo below we show some of the excavations that have taken place at Haran. Remember this area would have been home to Jacob for 20 years, as he worked 7 years for Leah, and 7 more for Rachel, whom he wanted in the first place, plus 6 more years for wages, thus 7+7+6=20 years.
Haran, Excavations. Photo by Leon Mauldin