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Friday, May 23, 2014

Foto Friday - Israel day 3

On our third day, we traveled north from Galilee into the Upper Jordan Valley.

Our first stop was Chorazim, located 2 miles north of Capernaum. It was one of the cities reproached by Jesus for its disbelief (Matthew 11:20-24).

View of the Sea of Galilee from Chorazim.

From Chorazim we traveled to the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. The river Dan is the most significant source of water that flows into the Jordan River. We walked a beautiful nature trail throughout the park.
An olive tree among the remnants of Biblical Dan.
Ancient path through Dan.
Beautiful view of surrounding countryside from Dan.
Ancient city gate at Dan that dates back to the days of Abraham.
From Dan, we traveled to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea Philippi. This cave is known as the Grotto of Pan because of the worship of the Greek god Pan that happened here. This is where Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do people say the Human One is?" Simon Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:13-20)
Caesarea Philippi.
On our way back to the northern coast of Galilee, we stopped for a moment at Golan Heights. Pictured here is the road to Damascus, which today travels through modern day Qumatra.

Our final stop for the day was at the ancient fishing village of Bethsaida on the northern coast of Galilee, home to five of the disciples...Philip, Andrew, Peter, James, and John. I like this picture because of how well it illustrates what listeners to Jesus' parable of the sower likely would have seen around them as He described where the seed was thrown...there is a path, stones, and the purple vegetation on the right are thorns.
View from the city gates into Bethsaida.
Bethsaida and a view of the Sea of Galilee beyond the trees.

Up next, day four...and our arrival into the city of Jerusalem.

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