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Sunday in Galilee

26UploadedFile0.jpg 2UploadedFile6.jpg 2UploadedFile7.jpg The first picture is a view of Nazareth from our hotel there. This morning we left for Galilee, stopping first at Cana (photo of the wedding church). That stop wasn't nearly as exciting as our time there a few weeks ago, when we celebrated the wedding for Aggie and George. Then we drove to the Mount of Beatitudes, which is always one of my favorite stops - so peaceful and reflective (photo of the church). We walked from there about 45 minutes down to the "Mensa Christi" ("Table of Christ") near where Jesus probably called the fishermen, fed thousands, and described Peter as the Rock. After lunch we visited Capernaum (picture of the synagog - Matthew 8 and 9). We then went to our hotel for the next two nights, where we had a beautiful Pentecost Eucharist service outdoors overlooking the Sea of Galilee, receiving the sacrament at almost the precise time (there's nine hours' difference) as it was being shared in the early service at Concordia. We thought of our many friends there.

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Caesarea, Carmel and Nazareth

25UploadedFile0.jpg 20UploadedFile1.jpg 11UploadedFile2.jpg 7UploadedFile3.jpg Our Saturday was another wonderful day. We left Jerusalem for Caesarea Maritima (on the Mediterranean), where we saw remains of the city that Herod the Great set up. I stood on the place thought to be where Paul appealed to Rome, so maybe I'll get a free trip to Rome like he did (photo). The extensive remains of the city, including a tavern (photo), were very interesting. We drove by Herod's aqueduct, which carried water twelve miles from Mount Carmel to the city of Caesarea. From the top of Mount Carmel (where Elijah had a little contest against the prophets of the Baals - 1 Kings 18-19), we could see all the way across the land to the Mount of Transfiguration (photo). We then drove to Nazareth for lunch and visited the fascinating excavations by the Sisters of Nazareth, which included a first-century tomb (photo) which was discovered under a church that had been destroyed and rebuilt under the Crusaders and Byzantines. But for me, the most meaningful time was spent at the Church of the Annunciation, where a grotto marks the supposed place where the angel appeared to Mary. I have grown a great deal of respect for Mary as a model of servanthood and yielding to God's will, and I think we have often ignored her importance in the church. The final photo is of one of the beautiful icons (a Greek one) outside the beautiful church. We're staying overnight in an Anglican guesthouse in Nazareth.

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"Mother's Day"

24UploadedFile0.jpg 19UploadedFile1.jpg 10UploadedFile2.jpg Friday focused on the Virgin Mary. After a lecture/reflection on the Magnificat, we drove to Ein Kerem to visit the Church of the Visitation (Luke 1:39-56). It was interesting to see the words to the Magnificat in over fifty different languages on a wall just outside of the church (photo). We then visited the Church of John the Baptist, which marks the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. I particularly enjoyed quiet time in this beautiful church after we had been encouraged to meditate on the ministry and our service to the Lord (photo). After lunch in Bethlehem, we visited the shepherds' field and saw the type of caves in which the shepherds would protect their flocks when necessary, and finally we went to the Church of the Nativity, built, according to tradition, on the spot where Jesus was born. We saw a mass taking place in the adjacent chapel of St. Jerome (photo).

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Father Abraham

18UploadedFile1.jpg 9UploadedFile2.jpg 6UploadedFile3.jpg Today was a great day of things we had never seen before. We drove to Hebron to visit the Makhpelah (tombs of the patriarchs and matriarchs - Genesis 23:1-9 and 49:29-33). Especialy interesting was the tomb of Abraham. Since he was the father for both Jews and Muslims, we first went into a beautiful mosque, from which you could see one side of the tomb. We then left there and walked around the building to the other side, where there was a synagogue, from which could be seen the other side of the tomb. Jews are not allowed into the mosque, and Muslims are not allowed into the synagague, and there were quite a few Israeli solders in the area in order to keep the Muslims only where they belonged - how terribly sad that is (pictures, first from the mosque, then from the synagogue). Then we went to a nearby ancient well and the ruins of an ancient church on the site that tradition says was that referred to in Genesis 18:1-15, when Abraham and Sarah hosted three angels and were told of the coming birth of a child. After lunch we went to Tel Beer Sheva (Beer-sheba - Genesis 21:25-34), where Abraham made an alliance with the Philistines (Abimelech). While there we climbed down into a deep cistern used to store water for the city (I do depths much better than I do heights). As we looked out from that spot we saw a large herd of camels walking across the desert (photo - Camelot).

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Orientation to Jerusalem

23UploadedFile0.jpg 270_16UploadedFile1.jpg After some basic orientation to the course this morning, we had a quick overview of the history of the city of Jerusalem (quite a fascinating place, historically). This afternoon we had a great visual introduction to the city - we saw it from the east, west and south, including, of course, from the Mount of Olives. The picture is of much of the city from taken from the hills to the south. In our driving, we went through Bethany, where the ugly wall (the photo shows how tall it is) runs right through the center of the city, dividing even families from each other. The wall, built by the Israelies starting in 2003, is an evil way of separating and isolating Palestinians.

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