I had been looking forward to this particular day on the itinerary for quite a while. There were going to be three really interesting sites packed into one day: Qumran, En Gedi, and Masada.
We were embarking on the 5th day of our trip, but I felt like I’d already seen a month’s worth of sites. The days were jam-packed with touring and learning, and they were flying by at lightning speed. By this time I’d begun to bond with some of my fellow travelers; these were folks who went to my church back home, but that I didn’t know at all before this trip. When… Read More
After our tour of Jerash, we ate lunch at a restaurant that had two things: an incredible buffet, and amazing pita bread. I had to chuckle as I watched the bread being made using an ancient time-honored process – by a guy on his cell phone 🙂
We got up on the morning of Friday, February 21st, and prepared to enter the country of Jordan, Israel’s neighbor to the east. I felt a sense of sadness as I caught my last glimpse of the Sea of Galilee from the bus window; it was so beautiful there, and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be back again.
After leaving the very thought provoking site of Caesarea Philippi, we were going to visit a Druze village and get a bite to eat for lunch. I had never heard of the Druze people before, and was interested to learn about them.
We left the Tel Dan Nature Reserve sometime in the mid-morning and headed about 4 miles to the east, to the area that was known in the first century as Caesarea Philippi.
Thursday, February 20th would prove to be perhaps one of the most interesting days thus far in my entire life.
(Wednesday, February 19, 2014, continued) After leaving the Tabgha region and the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, we drove the short distance to the remains of the village of Capernaum. I was really excited to see Capernaum, because while the other sites we had seen on this day were “probable locations”, there was no arguing with the fact that Jesus had lived and taught at this actual site, and it was… Read More
We spent the next few days based in the city of Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias was established in approximately 20 AD, by Herod Antipas (son of Herod the Great)
I fell asleep somewhere over the Hudson River, and woke up somewhere over Turkey. Opening the airplane window shade to let in the bright sunlight, I looked out and saw a rather fierce landscape below.