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Northern District

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  • Day4

    Nazareth

    May 6 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Eigentlich nur zur Übernachtung gedacht, bin ich überrascht, wie schön die Stadt ist.

    Den Nachmittag habe ich frei und wandere durch die Gegend.

    Mit 2/3 Christen gibt es natürlich schöne Kirchen zu sehen, aber auch die 1/3 Muslime sind mit ihren Moscheen präsent, und wenn der Muezzin ruft, fühle ich mich an andere Länder erinnert.

    Viel gibt es vielleicht nicht zu sehen und da Ramadan ist, wirkt alles ein wenig verlassen. Grundsätzlich herrscht aber eine sehr schöne und ruhige Atmosphäre.

    In den Kirchen sind oft Reisegruppen Gläubiger, die die Mauern mit Gesang erfüllen.

    Und die Unterkunft ist ein Traum, genauso wie der Blick über die Stadt.

    Fast ein bisschen schade, dass ich nicht länger hier bin, obwohl es so viel dann auch nicht zu sehen gibt.
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  • Day4

    Magdala

    April 8 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Magdala is a township on the Sea of Galilee where assumably Mary Magdalene lived. Visited an archaeological site where the township and synagogue is being excavated. It was discovered when a development for a massive hotel was started. Jesus and his disciples prob used this synagogue.

  • Day4

    Tel Dan - Lebanese Border

    April 8 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Went to Tel Dan and enjoyed a walk along the gushing waters that come from the springs here. The ruins of the "temple" in Dan were amazing. Walked along and saw the land of Lebanon in the distance. The hills were incredibly green.

  • Day29

    Lower Galilee

    June 4, 2015 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    We had some extra time to sleep in this morning, so I set my alarm for 6:30, thinking I'd get caught up on some sleep. It's 5:45 and I'm wide awake. I hate it when that happens.

    Yesterday we spent some time exploring lower Galilee. This doesn't mean the southern side of the Lake of Galilee, but rather a place that's lower in elevation from upper Galilee, a mountain range to our north. It's mainly around the north side of the lake even though it's called "Lower." That might be hard to visualize, but there it is. We started the day with a boat ride across the Sea (Lake) of Galilee (I guess this is a must do for tourists). There was actually a pretty cool moment when the boat guy stopped in the middle of the lake and played super old, super cheesy worship songs and our whole group lifted voices and eyes to heaven in praise. It was another one of those moments, you know? Being a part of the "the church" on the Sea of Galilee, singing praise to the Creator in the middle of the lake. Even though our voices echoed off of nothing, we were heard.

    We disembarked on the north side of the lake and made our way up to Capernaum. This is the town that, on a few occasions in the gospels, is called "Jesus own town" and his "home." It is likely the home of Peter and his family. It was here that Jesus healed the man lowered by his faithful friends through a broken ceiling. The conversation of the day was a converasation about authority. "By whose authority" angry men ask. Jesus taught by an authority that certainly wasn't given to him by the Jewish leaders of the day, so they want to know. We know who gave Jesus the authority to speak, but that's because we witnessed the transfiguration along wih Peter and John. They hadn't, so it was a legtimate question. Jesus answered the question by doing what only God could do: forgive and heal a lame man and send him walking back through the thick crowds.

    Mt. Arbel is a high and very rocky mountain that juts up into the skyline on the west shore of the lake, near the town of Tiberias. I'll post pictures when I have my computer back. You can see it from the north and east shores. It doesn't necessarily dominate the skyline, but it stands out in sharp relief because of its craggy and imposing appearance. When our professor said, "We're going up there!" I got pretty excited. Mt. Arbel is an important site to modern Israelis because it was the site of another Jewish revolt where Roman soldiers had to work long and hard to oust a group of rebels holde up in mountain caves and on sides of cliffs.

    For Christians, the site doesn't hold specific Biblical reference, but our professor made a strong case that two important, geographically undetermined events happened here. He believes that both the sermon on the mount and the Great Commission happened on this spot. As we sat on top of the 1200 foot cliff, it was not hard to picture Jesus looking across the lake to Hippus, a Roman city that appealed in its worldliness, set high on a hill and saying, "No, YOU, oh, Israel, are the city on the hill." It's not hard to picture him looking down at the village of Magda (home of Mary Magdalene on the west shore of the lake) and telling people, "You are the salt of the earth." (Magda was a town that specialized in the preservation of fish). It's not hard to picture him looking down at the International highway from these heights and using it to tell his disciples that they were to take the gospel to all corners of the earth. I have loved watching as Jesus took the things that surrounded Him and taught theology to his friends.

    That's what I have loved so much about this experience. There isn't much out here in Lower Galilee that is "high church," with airs and pretentions. Jesus became more of a man to me out here. Like a real flesh and muscle man. I think back home, I have a better grip on the God-side of Jesus. I can picture him floating above the water and healing people. But Jesus didn't float everywhere. He walked on caloused and dirty feet. It's no easy hike to the top of Mt. Arbel. You don't get to the top without sweating and panting.

    You don't walk these hills and swim these seas without getting the scent of human all over you.
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  • Day5

    Akko or Acre

    December 10, 2018 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Finally today we stopped at a place called Acre which was the site of the old Crusader tunnels and buildings. This was a fantastic experience and I learnt a lot about the three crusades to the holy land. All failed expect the third and final. The crusades were a very important event in the history of Israel.Read more

  • Day6

    Caesarea Phillippi

    December 11, 2018 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Our first site today was Caesarea Phillippi which was where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do they say I am?” It was here Peter responded with “the messiah”. Jesus also gave Peter the title of “the rock” at this location as well. It was the ruin of a Roman temple and was called the Gates of Hell. What a spectacular place with the ruins still so intact. The river that comes from this place also joins up with the River Jordan which we all know is where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.Read more

  • Day6

    Capernaum

    December 11, 2018 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    This was the place where Jesus spent 3 years teaching in the Synagogue. Here we looked at the remains of St Peter’s house as well as the Synagogue where Jesus would have spent a lot of his time. This is the remains of a 1st Century city and would have been a major Yeah business hub at the time. It has been proven that both Jesus and Peter lived in at some point in their lives.Read more

  • Day7

    Cana

    December 12, 2018 in Israel ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    We visited The Sanctuary of our lord’s first miracle, which was the place where he turned water in to wine at the Wedding of Cana. The married couples in our pilgrimage group renewed their vows here. We also saw some first century ruins which the church was built on which they believe are the ruins of first century Cana. Have a look at how big the wine jars were! One of these jars can hold 25 gallons which is approximately 100 litres. At the wedding they had 6 of these jars.Read more

  • Day7

    Church of the Annunciation

    December 12, 2018 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After visiting the Church of Cana we drove in to Nazareth which is where Jospeh and Mary spent most of their lives. Here we visited the Church of the Annunciation which is where the Angel appeared to Mary asking her to have a child and name him Jesus. We celebrated mass here and also viewed first century ruins of Mary’s house. The basilica was built on these ruins.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Northern District, District nord, Meẖoz HaẔafon, Nord-Israel

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