Thursday, March 14, 2013

Israel: From North to South

At the beginning of my trip to Israel, our group spent one day along the Mediterranean coast, three days near the Sea of Galilee, and one day in the Jordan Valley.
 
View of the Mediterranean from our first hotel.
 

The theater at Caesarea...  "So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in."  (Acts 25:23 ESV)  The Greek word for "audience hall" indicates an auditorium or theater, making this the most likely location in Caesarea for Paul's great defense. 

It is also the likely place of Herod's death (Acts 12:19-23), so we can see the contrast between the man of God in chains, faithfully pointing even the rich and powerful to God, and the godless king who accepted for himself worship which is only to be given to God.


The aqueduct bringing water from Mt. Carmel to Caesarea.


On top of Mt. Carmel.

Lunch.


An ancient Canaanite altar at Megiddo.


 The plains of Megiddo.


The Sea of Galilee.



Catfish in the Jordan River.


The Sea of Galilee, as seen from the Mount of the Beatitudes.


Elders at the gate (Tel Dan).


An ancient Canaanite gate made of mud brick and dating to the time of Abraham.


Almond blossoms.


I got a kick out of seeing this spot in one of our hotels!


The Spring of Harod (Gideon's spring).


The theater at Scythopolis.


The Cardo (main street) in Scythopolis.


The Dead Sea.



View from our hotel at the Dead Sea.


Riding the cable car up to Masada.



Original frescos at Masada.


Desolate wilderness near Masada... I think this is one of the most inhospitable places I've ever seen.


Ibex (wild goat) at the oasis of Ein Gedi.


Waterfall from the spring of Ein Gedi.


Q4, one of the Qumran caves. 


To be continued...

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