National Geographic : 1967 Oct
his flock lapsed into worldliness. A favorite passage from I Corinthians 13 welled up in memory: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass.... And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." I felt Paul's presence then-and you will share this feeling in Everyday Life in Bible Times. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photogra phers and writers traced his footsteps and those of other Bible personalities. They crossed wind-carved dunes once plied by Solomon's caravans, fished the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called the disciples, followed Moses through the wastes of Sinai. They journeyed to Ur, Babylon, Nineveh, Persepolis, Ephesus, Memphis, Thebes; the caravan cities of Aleppo, Palmyra, and Petra; Holy Land sites from Dan to Beer sheba. They trekked to remote Mount Ararat, which lifts its snowy crown nearly 17,000 feet in Armenia; to the lonely tomb of Cyrus at Pasargadae in Persia; through Arabia to the land of Sheba. They climbed a sacred mountain to witness chanting Samaritan priests sacrifice "a burnt offering unto the Lord." They met women in flowing headdresses coming to draw water, like Rebekah "with her pitcher upon her shoulder" (page 502). They brought back the most comprehen sive coverage in color photographs and vivid reporting ever made of the Bible world. Enduring monuments to Roman might, pagan temples at Baalbek, Lebanon, rose while Christ's message was spreading through the Empire. Here at a bustling crossroads, the conquerors reared giant hand-hewn blocks and columns over a shrine to a local baal, or lord. In the colossal courtyard, where two visitors stroll on the far left aisle, priests once awed subject peoples with blood sacrifices. Six 65-foot pillars from the Temple of Jupiter, among the tallest ever carved, stand beside the richly decorated Temple of Bacchus, center. In its entrance (above) a winged spirit still flies amid the finest Roman temple ruins extant.