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Joppa, Caesarea, and More

Day Three

Hello All,

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Beach at Tel Aviv before leaving this morning.

We are wrapping up day three - today we did what seems like a lot of driving, but that was quite alright. We also saw quite a lot.

Our morning started in Joppa (or Joffa) the location of Simon the Tanner's house (Acts 10) and where Peter had the dream to take and eat. Additionally, it's where Joan runs to when he's running from God. It is interesting to see the traditions that have popped up around these places.

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A whale statue in Joppa

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The door to a house claiming to be Simon the Tanner's House. (Simon the Tanner was a real person who lived in Joppa - there's just not a huge amount of proof that this was his house - but it could have been).

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The first picture is of the Greek Orthodox church commemorating St. Peter's Vision of food being clean, and the second is the Roman Catholic Church.

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An interesting Statue, the second picture provides a key for what everything means because I cannot remember.

After we left Joppa, we headed to Caesarea Martinima. This was an ancient city built by Herod the Great to show to Rome his value. While there are some partial buildings left it is easy to imagine the magnitude of the place.

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Hepadrone - used for horse racing and gladiator contests.

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A replica of a stone bearing Pontius Pilate's name.

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Foundation of Herod's palace - the square in the middle was once a freshwater pool that was fed by the aqueduct

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Theater that is still in use today, though significantly updated. The marble floor would have been shipped from Rome or Turkey, and they've found changing rooms for the actors under the stage. We can still see the holes, but I didn't get a great picture of that.

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A portion of a 15-mile aqueduct that Herod had built.

Following Caesarea we headed up towards Mt. Carmel which is where Elijah defeated the 450 Baal prophets. I've always appreciated Elijah, and so I was looking forward to seeing this place. There is currently a Carmelite Monastery at the top of the mountain.

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View from Mt. Carmel looking over the Valley of Armageddon.
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A statue of Elijah.

After lunch, we toured the ancient city of Tel Megiddo. Over the history of mankind, there have been 25 different fortified cities here, including under the early Jewish kings. It was fascinating to see the different levels of construction that they've been able to unearth over the years.

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Early Canaanite Pagan altars

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Entrance and tunnel built to supply the river with water when it was besieged.

Finally, we headed to Mt. Tabor where Christ was transfigured. Like where Peter had his vision, there is both a Catholic (Franciscan) and Greek Orthodox monastery on the site.

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Inside the Roman Catholic Church at the top of Mt. Tabor. We were allowed to sit and pray for a bit, and our tour guide told us to sing something, so we sang the Doxology. It was tremendously beautiful.

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View from Mount Tabor.

One of the things I was struck by was the various ways in which God has revealed his glory to people over the years, and how now the church is called to glorify Him. It is a challenge, but I think that is a part of the knowledge of his glory spreading throughout the earth that the prophets talk about.

Posted by revbeard 07:41 Archived in Israel

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