The biblical fall festivities began this year last Wednesday night with the trumpet festival. Traditionally, it is called Rosh Hashanah and is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. One of the traditions is to dip the apples in honey for a sweet year.
The Bible calls Israel the land of milk and honey. But where does the honey that the Bible speaks come from?
For a long time, it was accepted that honey is one of the seven species in the land of Israel that is mentioned in Deuteronomy.
Now an amazing discovery indicates that beekeeping may have been a great industry for thousands of years. Evidence shows that honey was produced by bees about 3,000 years ago at the time of the prophet Elisha.
Bees connected to honey are mentioned only a few times in the Bible, and beekeeping is never mentioned, but several years ago, archaeologists discovered a strange installation.
"We saw that we have here a row of clay cylinders – each of them is about 2-1 / 2 feet long and about 1 foot in diameter," said Hebrew University archaeologist Amihai Mazar to CBN News. "We realized that these must be beehives."
Mazar says that the type of bee was originally from Turkey, pointing to its former commercial relations with Israel. The remains of the bees were found in the excavation.
"These are the oldest bees that have been found in the world," said Mazar.
The artifacts were recently exhibited at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.
Each hive was made of uncooked clay mixed with straw. At one end of the cylinder was a small hole for the bees to enter and exit. At the other extreme, an equipped clay lid could be removed to extract the honey.
"The date of the honey was undoubtedly very important and perhaps the term was used for both," explained Mazar. "But it is clear that they knew very well how to raise bees. There were very sophisticated apiaries here, and I think maybe the part of biblical honey is really honey. "
The researchers estimate that there were at least 180 hives and perhaps more than a million bees. Each hive could have produced about 11 pounds of honey each year, making it an appropriate business endeavor.
"In addition, wax was very important for different types of industries and crafts," said Mazar.
Apparently, the apiary had a sudden violent end. It is covered with a thick layer of destruction, including mud bricks and charred wooden beams.
The hives were never used again.
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