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Around Galilee

Day Four

Greetings friends,

Last night I walked out to a small pier at the hotel we're staying at and watched the moon on the Sea of Galilee. It was simply magnificence to see. There is a stunning beauty in this country that I was not expecting.

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Moonrise over the Sea of Galilee

I am still adjusting to the time change and found myself wide awake at 4 am, by 5:45 I was dressed and ready to go for the day. So I walked out to the pier again and watched the sunrise with a few fellow travelers. Later in the day, we found out that the men who fish on the Sea of Galilee do so at night because the weather during the day can be so unpredictable and adverse. I noticed several little fishing boats scurrying around, but I assumed they were heading out to fish, not heading home.

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Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee

We started our day by seeing a ship that was unearthed about 30 years ago. It was a ship that would have been sailing around the time Christ was ministering around the lake. It was fascinating to hear how it was excavated and then what they were able to learn about those boats. Basically, because it is so old, and had been buried in mud for so long, as they were uncovering it, they had to keep it constantly wet. Then, since it was so delicate they needed to figure out how to move it, so they covered the whole thing in foam. After they got it to a safe place, they soaked all the beams in hot wax which has preserved it so we can see it today.

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At the same site, they found an oil lamp and a food pot that was used on the ships as well as some nails. Since the ship was constructed with pegs and the nails were found outside of the ship they are probably not related to the boat itself, but they are artifacts from the same time period. It is likely the ship, the pot, the oil lamp were like the ones Christ would have used. It is like the nails were like the nails used in the crucifixion.

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Oil Lamp, Foot pot, nails from the time of Christ.

We then went out on a boat on the Sea of Galilee, while on the boat we read about Jesus calming the storm and sang praises to him.

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View from the boat on the Sea of Galilee

Following our lovely boat ride, we went up the Mount of the Beatitudes. This is a likely site where Christ gave his sermon on the mount. The area has been tested and it seems that it forms a natural amphitheater so, Christ really would have been heard by the multitude as he taught.

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A church on the summit of the mount.
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View from the church
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A neat fish mosaic

Next, we went to the ruins of a town called Chorizan or Korazin. This is one of the cities that Christ curses in Matthew 10:20-24. Interestingly, in the 700s Chorizan was hit by an earthquake, never to be rebuilt. We found three interesting things here - an intact ceremonial washroom, a triclinium table, and an intact Moses seat in the synagogue.

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Ceremonial washroom
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Replicat of the Moses Seat found in the synagogue
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The rocks which we're standing around is a triclinium table. People would recline around the outside of it, and enjoy dinner and company. It is likely Christ sat at a similar table for the last supper.

Finally, we made it Capernaum.

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It is hard to see but on these rocks was a game commonly played by Roman Soldiers. I will try and find out the spelling later on. However, the point of the game was to become the king and not die. When we read about the soldiers gambling for Christ's clothes it is likely this is the game they were playing for it, using the game to mock Christ. "Are you the king of the Jews?" knowing full well they would be killing him soon.

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A church built over a Byzantium Church which is thought to have been built over St. Peter's mother's house. It is very likely that Christ resided here when he ministered in the Galilean region.

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An inscription mentioning the sons of Zebedee. It may not have been the same sons as the apostles, but none the less we know that this was a real family at the time of Christ.

After that, we went to lunch and then to the river Jordan.

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The Jordan River. While it was pretty touristy, there was also an incredible peace there.

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An organization has paid for the story of Christ's baptism to be published in numerous languages from around the world. It was really amazing to behold.

We ended our day in Magdala, the ruins have recently been unearthed. This picture shows some of the mosaics from the synagogue.

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Alright, my friends, I am tired, and it is time for dinner. I hope everyone back home is doing well. Prescott friends stay warm and safe.

Posted by revbeard 07:53 Archived in Israel

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