Day 08 - Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Southern Steps, Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book
Wednesday Nov 09 2022
7:00 pm UTC
In fall 2018, we included an original song of Dave's titled "City of David" in one of our "beta test" Blue Gospel Scripts shows. During the performance, we played video Dave had shot of the excavation at the actual City of David, and I was fascinated. But I wanted to see how this footage connected to...
Day 07 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Herodium, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Tuesday Nov 08 2022
7:00 pm UTC
We left early to beat the crowds to the Temple Mount, and (at least I think) it was 100% worth it! A little bit of rain meant the stone walkways were exceedingly slippery the rest of the day, but it certainly didn't slow our progress - it enhanced our pictures. :) Before we climbed the wooden walkway...
After a final breakfast overlooking the Sea of Galilee (and by the way, if you're in Galilee, stay at the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz because it's literally on the shore of the Sea, and the food is seriously excellent), we left our idyllic kibbutz hotel and aimed for what Dan called the 2nd most important Decapolis...
Day 05 - Galilee: Katzrin (cultural experience), Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan
Monday Nov 07 2022
1:00 am UTC
Today began with a 45-minute drive up to the Golan Heights, where over the course of the day we heard the fascinating story of the formation of Israel and its relationship to its neighboring countries over the last 125 or so years. Dan is really a spellbinding storyteller... you really have to come here...
Day 04 - Galilee: Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Chorazin, Ancient Boat, Galilee Boat Ride
Saturday Nov 05 2022
9:00 pm UTC
Another day, another sunrise... this one over the Sea of Galilee. Today was all Galilee, all New Testament, and we began with an hour-long boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Our dear friends from India, Pastors Sabya and Sarita, shared a bit for us on the subject of light and dark, they treated us to a...
Shabbat Shalom from Israel! (Sabbath began at sundown today, Friday). Today we paid a lot of attention to water, but not in the same way as yesterday when we were hyper-focused on staying hydrated. We are still jetlagged and saw sunrise at the Dead Sea, went to Ein Gedi, visited Qumran (where we...
What a day it was! Only two sites (plus the women slathered each other in mud and frolicked in the Dead Sea), but a lot of time in the sun. (I don't know about anyone else, but I had finished my 2 liters of water before lunch!) The second night of sleeping seems to be the hardest in the battle...
Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)
Wednesday Nov 02 2022
5:00 pm UTC
After a bountiful breakfast, following which I made everyone I could find taste some halva (a sweet confection made from tahini, or sesame paste), we visited 4 sites today:
1. Yad Hashmona - "Memorial to the Eight"
A beautiful spot in the hills between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem which features, among...
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