Holy Land Pilgrimage 2018

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Day 13: The Desert Highway II

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Saying goodbye to Petra, we turned north up the Desert Highway parallel to the Israelites’ route when they made their wilderness journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.  We stopped first at the magnificent Crusader castle of Karak, built on the location of the ancient Moabite capital, Kir Hareseth.  We continued to Madaba, known as […]

Day 12: Desert Traders

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Today was devoted to exploring Petra, where we discussed the mysteries of the Nabataean traders and their strategic location along the silk and spice trade routes between the east and west.  We entered the city through the Siq, a narrow slit in the mountains, with walls towering 80 meters on each side.  We spent the […]

Day 11: Northern Jordan and the Desert Highway

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After an early breakfast, we crossed the border at Allenby Bridge and began our journey in northern Jordan.  Our first stop was the ruins of Pella, where early Messianic Jews fled during the war with Rome in the First Century. Next we travelled south to the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of […]

Day 10: Free Day in Jerusalem

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Pretty well all of us went to church and then spread out all over. Some went to the Israel museum, some walked the ‘ramparts’ (walls) of old Jerusalem , some went to the Jewish ‘shouk’. Craig and I walked around the city and ended up at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre again where we […]

Day 6: The Judean Desert – Seeking Refuge in the Wilderness

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Our theme today is the wilderness and what it signified to the ancient Israelites. We began our day at Masada, Herod the Great’s magnificent fortress palace in the desert, and the last stand of the Zealots, a Jewish revolutionary group at the time of Jesus. From Masada we drove north to the beautiful subtropical oasis of Ein […]

Day 5: The Jordan Valley – “In the World But Not of It”

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Today we leave Galilee and journey south down the spectacular Syrian African Rift Valley to the Dead Sea in the arid Judean wilderness. We studied the cultural tensions that existed at the time of Jesus, both between Greco-Roman culture and Jewish culture (and later the early church), and also between the Jewish religious establishment of […]