Monday, August 29, 2011

Petra and the Bible

The highly publicized area of Petra has more significance than its modern-day use as a beautiful tourist location that many refer to as the rock-built “rose red” city. Although famously portrayed in such movies as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Arabian Nights, and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, the red city has deep roots in Biblical archaeology. Even so, it continues to be of high interest to many, including world travelers, Biblical Archaeologists and historians.

The city is known for its beautiful rock cut architecture that dates back to the BCE late century. As a semi-fortress, it was attractive to kings because it was easier to control and protect than other nearby geographic locations. The Edomites, Nabataeans and the Romans found it to be of significant economical and archaeological advantage, because of its close 80-kilometer proximity to the Dead Sea and narrow entrance.

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