Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Israel: Some Pictures

"Not one stone will be left upon another." The pile of stones above is still a reminder of the Roman destruction of the Temple in 70CE.
This is a cave at Qumran, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
The Sea of Galilee, at Capurnaum, where Jesus lived.... and where I had a swim!
The Wailing Wall is in the foreground, with the Dome of the Rock on top of the Temple Mount.
This is the "hot" part of a Roman bath in Bet' She'an. A furnace outside provided the heat, which was passed through these pillars, on top of which was the floor of the bath.
This is what is left of a huge man-made harbour, constructed by King Herod in Caesarea. It is this construction that enabled Caesarea to become an important port... The ruins in Caesarea are possibly the most impressive in Israel - alongside Bet' She'an and Jerusalem.
This is one of the "high places" made famous in the Old Testament - you can see the altar in between the two pillars.
"Holy holy holy" - An ancient symbol of the trinity, here appearing as a mosaic on the floor of a church at the traditional location of the Last Supper.
Palestinian territory is poorer than Israeli territory, and is blocked off by a massive Berlin-style wall. This was a taxi we took in Palestinian Bethlehem, complete with home-made license plate!
This very happy looking mound is Armageddon - that is the "mount" overlooking the plains of Megiddo.
This is the view from the top of Masada, looking out to the Dead Sea. Masada was the final stronghold of the Jews before the Romans finally achieved victory... Josephus reports that the Jews there committed mass suicide rather than fall into the hands of their oppressors. I walked all the way up and all the way down.... never again.
The springs of En Gedi - where David spared Saul's life.
In the distance is Jerusalem, viewed from the Garden of Gethsemane.
This piece of rock is directly underneath the traditional (and fairly reliably so) site of Golgotha... you may see that there is a crack that extends down the rock: According to tradition, the blood of Jesus dripped down the cross, seeped through the crack, and made its way to the buried bones of Adam in the ground below... Thus the blood of the Second Adam flowed down to cover the First Adam.

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