Another Fruitful Olive Season
For a short period of time, at the beginning of the rainy season, the smell of freshly crushed olives fills the air: it is the olive season. Sitting on top of the hill of Nazareth Village is our functioning replica of a first century olive press. Below, olive trees fill the scene; their branches are burdened with the weight of the olives ready to be picked. Our villagers take a break from their daily routine to help picking the olives and carry them to the olive press.
The process of pressing olives, especially in the time of Jesus, was lengthy. First of all, the olives had to be crushed using a big round stone. As this is a hard task a donkey would be used to keep the stone moving. Once the olives are ready for pressing, they are placed inside special baskets and then pressed. In the first century, they were able to extract different qualities of olive oil which enabled them to use these qualities for different applications.
(Written by Majd Shufani – Guide at Nazareth Village)
To learn more about the first century life check out The Nazareth Jesus Knew DVD