Monday, July 30, 2012

Galilee: The Baptismal Spot at the Jordan River

 After church on Saturday we went to the traditional baptismal spot at the Jordan River. I loved watching the people there. Some waded through the water, some people sang hymns, some of them looked like they could have been Mormons. One teacher, Brother Ludlow, was baptized here like 30 years ago and one of our other teachers baptized his son here last semester.

You're going to love this version of Mark 1. I died laughing when I read it!

Some of my favorite lines:
"An you know what?"
"I really get love an aloha for you"
"I stay good inside cuz a you!"
So great! 

The French Version of Christ's Baptism.

Galilee: Caesarea

Isn't Caesarea beautiful?

This may be the place where Paul was brought for trial. (Andy and Stehly are reenacting this scene). Paul stayed here for two years though so he walked in these places!

Crusader Walls worked on by King Louis IX from France.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Galilee: The Mounts

The place King Josiah was killed.

If you want to see what the desert really looks like this what it looks like in all its glory. 

Mount Carmel
Where Elijah fought the priests of Baal.

We like to sing at all the sites and Susan is now our on-call chorister.

Mount Tabor
possible location for the Mount of Transfiguration

possible mountain that Jesus was referring to in the Sermon on the Mount when he said "a city that sits on a hill"

Don't let the haze deceive you. It was hot! Rachelle discovered that even her knees were sweating.

Galilee: Miracles

Miracles during Christ's Ministry in the Galilean Area: 

Water into Wine at the Wedding Feast.
Church of Cana.

(It was closed when we got there so this picture is through the gate bars)

Feeding of the Five Thousand 
at Tabgha

The best preserved mosaic in Israel:

Raising of the Widow's Son
Church of Nain

Casting Devils into Swine 
at Kursi

The Swine:

The Devils:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Galilee: Mount of Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 5.
Beatitude: To be blessed. To be happy.To be fortunate.

The nun who yelled "Silencio! Silence!" in the microphone if anyone laughed too close to the doorway where she was standing was my favorite person. There was a group of Africas who stopped in their tracks and listened while Rachelle and Megan performed "Consider the Lilies" for our group. The women wore the traditional two piece dresses, all of them orange and gold and the men wore jeans.  One group of teenagers got the wrath of the nun when they all laughed at the edge of the church's porch by the palm trees. I listened to a tour guide in her blue t-shirt and baseball cap give a lecture in Hebrew and I wondered what the words were that she was putting around the word "beatitude" which sounded gravelly so that I almost missed it. She pointed behind her and the man in front of me wrote in swirls in his notebook. I could listen, that was all.

Galilee: The Sea of Galilee