A Second Temple period Country Manor House



This reconstruction drawing of the Second Temple period country manor is based on the remains excavated in Ramat haNadiv on Mount Carmel. This site, called Horvat Aqav in Hebrew and Mansur el-Aqeb in Arabic, consists of a fortified compound with a mansion and agricultural installations. When Jesus in his parables spoke of the “master of the house” in Matthew 20:1-16 and Matthew 21:33-398, he would have had estates like this one in mind.