As we are approaching good friday, end of this month, starting this week until end of the month, we have special article contributed by Gelo on Israel. Hope you enjoy and inspire your next trip.
The succeeding places that we visited are the Holy Places in the perspective of Christian faith; however some of these places are common with other monotheistic faith.
To set everyone’s expectations in terms of the authenticity of these places, based on books and articles, they are recognized as “Traditional” sites. Since many of the sacred sites in the Holy Land no longer exist in their original form. Structures have been erected, leveled by invading armies, rebuilt and destroyed again . . . and again.
Rather than becoming distracted by the question “Is this the exact spot?” it is better to focus on what happened. What matters to Christians is the belief that God the Father sent his Son on earth for the salvation of the human race.
We hired the service of Sam Salem, as our guide to visit these three cities: Hebron, Bethlehem and Jericho – they are all within West Bank, which is under Palestinian border. Notice their national flag along the city:
This city is most notable for the traditional burial site of the biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs and is considered the second-holiest city in Judaism after Jerusalem. The city is also venerated by Muslims for its association with Abraham and was traditionally viewed as one of the “four holy cities of Islam.”
Tomb of Patriarchs, King Herod’s compound and Crusader’s church, now use as Mosque. The Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Jewish people are: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah, who’s relic are are believed to be enshrined in the underground chambers in this complex.
Almost everybody knows that this is the birth place of Jesus Christ, however during this trip; I learned that the Hebrew Bible also identifies Bethlehem as the city where King David was born.
Notice the small entrance on lower right, it is named as The Door of Humility, main entrance into the Church.
Nearby along the south side of the Church of the Nativity leads to the Milk Grotto where according to Christian tradition, the Holy Family took shelter during the Slaughter of the Innocents and stayed there for a short time hiding from Herod’s soldiers.
It is here where Mary nursed her child Jesus Christ before going to Egypt. It is said that a drop of the Virgin’s milk fell to the floor of the cave, turning the rock white and giving rise to the chalky stone.
The Christian Gospels state that Jesus passed through Jericho where he healed blind beggars and inspired a local chief tax-collector named Zacchaeus to repent of his dishonest practices.
The succeeding 3 holy sites: Nazareth, Capernaum, and Jordan River, are located within Israel borders (northern part). We joined the day tour via Noah Tours contact: firstname.lastname@example.org , she’s a kabayan working in Jerusalem.
The actual fish doesn’t taste great, what’s nice are the side dishes and dips.
Under the altar table is a block of limestone venerated as the table of the Lord. In front of the altar is a restored mosaic of two fish flanking a basket of loaves.
The Jordan River is a river in Southwest Asia which flows into the Dead Sea. It is considered to be one of the world‘s most sacred rivers. It originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, Israel. It ends its course at the lowest spot in the world, the Dead Sea , at 420 meters below sea level. Along its course, the Jordan feeds two lakes: the Hula (now almost completely drained) and the Sea of Galilee.
Submerging into the river is free of charge. However, using their bathroom has a fee. One can also buy their white gown, bath towel, and a certificate. But due to the big fish (Catfish) around the river, we are not keen to deep our whole body, instead we just enjoy their free fish spa!
Hope you learned and enjoy this first part of the Holy Land blog, next part will be all about Jerusalem (Old and New)!