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Galilee to Jerusalem

Day Five

We arrived safely in Jerusalem this evening. We ended our day a little earlier than normal which is probably just as well, I am feeling tired, and I've been able to catch up on a handful of small things I needed to get done. As I look back I'm pretty amazed by how much we covered.

My first observation on the day is the incredible distance between Galilee and Jerusalem. On our comfortable bus, it was a good two hours of driving. It is amazing that people made the pilgrimage from Galilee to Jerusalem, with regularity not to mention the young, pregnant mother Mary, or Christ knowing that he was walking to his death.

Our first stop was the church of the multiplication. As with the Mount of the Beatitudes, while we can't be 100% sure that this is where Christ performed one of the miracles of feeding four and five thousand there's a reasonable amount of evidence to believe it's likely. One of the most interesting things we saw here was an old olive oil press.

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The large rock on the top is a millstone, this is what Christ is referring to in Matthew 18:6

Next, we went to Cana and saw the wine cellars for the town. It is likely this was where Christ turned water into wine.

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Next, we headed to Nazareth and saw the churches of the Synagogue, which was built over the location of the synagogue from Jesus's time and the church of the Annunciation built over the location that we think Mary may have lived.

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Inside the church of the Synagogue
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Grotto in the Church of the Annunciation
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The ceil in the church of the Annunciation designed to draw our eyes upwards and to look like a Rose of Sharon, one of Mary's nicknames.
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An image of mother and child donated from Japan.
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This is designed to look like a lighthouse, which I thought was kind of cool.

After lunch, we went to a city called Beit She'an. There are just a couple of references to Beit She'an in scripture, it was one of the cities of the Decapolis, and it is the location of where Saul was hung (1 Samuel 31:10-12). So, it is not the scripture references that make it interesting, but that it is a fairly large city which archeologists have found or been able to reconstruct a large portion of it.

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Amphitheater, which was pretty much intact once it was unburied.
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The underfloor of a sauna room from the gym
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The main street in the city
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Public toilets

After Beit She'an we headed to Jerusalem. The most direct route is through the West Bank. From the road, we saw both Palestinian and Jewish settlements. It was really interesting to see these areas that are hot points in the news, both to get a better idea of what they are, and to have some perspective as to why tempers can rage so high on both sides.

We finally arrived in Jerusalem.

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Okay, my friends - I am feeling very tired. I hope this blog makes sense. Lord willing, I'm tired enough that I'll sleep a full eight ours tonight and wake up tomorrow feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Posted by revbeard 07:53 Archived in Israel

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