Israel Day Trip #3

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
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Trip End Jan 20, 2013


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Flag of Israel  , Galilee,
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nazareth
Nazareth was on our last day in Israel.  This is a city where Jesus supposedly grew up in.  Things are getting quite repetitive here.  They have a church that supposedly has Jesus workshop underneath it and also another one named after his father Joseph.  All of these churches are similar as far as history.  They say Jesus was here at one time, then in the 4th century, a church was built on top of the site, then 12th century, the crusaders built a church on top of the church, then some of those survived and some of them were demolished by Muslim’s and they built a mosque on top of it.  The rest were remodeled in the early 1900s.  This one had a church in 4th century and then crusaders built a church on top of a church in the 12th century.  I thought one of the interesting things about this church was that each country in the world donated a work of art to the church featuring Mary.  Some of the places like China and Thailand put her in royalty clothes and Asian colored skin.  I guess it is possible that she had different color skin, but she was very poor and probably wouldn’t have worn Thai silk.  

 The Sea of Galilea is another famous biblical place in Israel.  It is famous for the village where Jesus fed several thousand people with a loaf of bread and a few fish.  We did stop at this fishing village and they now have a church here.  Our taxi driver said one time he drove a family here just to fish in the sea and they wanted to eat a fish from here.  It is not a cheap taxi ride.  I guess they wanted to see if the fish would fill them also, but I don’t think it had the same effect as the bible.  There is now a monastery on this site and it has a little fish pond inside it.  Capernum is also a city on the Sea of Galilea.  It is more of a village than a city now.  It has some old ruins that are actually decent.  This would have been a great place for gatherings back in biblical times.  Tiberias was another city that we stopped at.  This is a modern city that has most of the resorts on this sea.  It has all kinds of fashion, fish & chips shops on the main strip.  The last stop of the day was the Jordan River, which feeds into this sea and it has the other site where Jesus was supposedly baptized.  This spot performs many more baptisms that the first spot that we did near Jericho.  I’m not sure what to believe on where he was actually baptized.  This spot is 30 minutes from the border to Jordan.
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