Got an email today from a friend who talked us into an archaeology trip to Israel some 9 or 10 years ago. She has been trying to persuade us to go back for a repeat of the incredibly hard work we did on the earlier trip. We usually put her off by reminding her how dangerous the area is, rather than admit we are too lazy.
Today she reminded us that a lady that went to Israel with her group in 2000 AD and returned without a scratch was struck by lightning in Billings MT and died as a consequence a couple of days ago. My correspondent wondered which was the more dangerous place, Billings or Bethsaida? I couldn’t answer because I didn’t know the likelihood of being struck by lightning in Israel. The probability of being struck by a rocket or other explosive device is probably about the same in Billings and Israel.