She Owned the Land

The ruins of the homes in Jesus’ day were small. We toured a few replicas of ancient homes in the Nazareth Village. Most only had 2 rooms.

The landowner had more rooms and a second story. He had a cistern and olive press. He had rights to everything grown on his land – even when he moved away.

2 Kings 8:6, “When the king asked the woman, she related it to him. So the king appointed for her a certain officer, saying, ‘Restore all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now.'”

New American Standard Bible


Why was everything restored? Because she owned the land. Those who raised the crop got workers’ wages but she got the income from the former seven years.

The landowner’s water ran down the channel on the left. His olive press is behind him.

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