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Holy Land Saga pt. 1

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Day 1: Sun 11/16/08Caesarea Maritime:The first stop on our journey through the Holy Land was Caesarea Maritime, the famous port city established by King Herod the Great, as well as the location of Paul’s trial before being sent to Rome (Acts 25).We learned a lot about Herod the Great. As far as his kingship goes, he was a very successful leader. He remodeled the Temple, he built great palaces and fortresses (e.g. Massada), and he also constructed the first and largest man-made port in ancient Rome in the city of Caesarea. Politically, he had a very successful run. Morally, however, he was a vicious man. After marrying his wife and bearing two sons with her, he decided that anyone in the bloodline of the previous royal family had to die because they were seen as threats to his throne. Thus, he had his wife and sons murdered. When Caesar Augustus heard this news, he is recorded as saying, “It is better to be one of Herod’s pigs than one of his sons.”This is the same king, as you might r…

Israel...go ahead and be jealous

I don't have time right now to update much about Israel, and I can't guarantee that I'll get very far this week with finals and everything coming up. Just so you know what's coming, here's a list of all the places/sites we visited on our trip through the Holy Land: Caesarea MaritimeNazareth/Church of the Immaculate ConceptionBethsaidaSea of Galilee boat ride"Jesus Boat" MuseumCapernaumMt. TiberiasMount of the BeatitudesDan Nature ReserveTel-DanBanyas Falls in the Golan HeightsCaesarea PhilippiFortress of NimrodBaptistery at the JordanMt. Horeb/Springs of Harod (Gideon in Judges 7)Valley of JezreelQum'RanEin GediDead SeaMt. SodomMasadaBedouin campBe'er ShevaHa Ella Valley (David and Goliath)Bet GuvrinBet ShemeshBethlehem/Church of the NativityJerusalemMt. of OlivesGarden of GethsemaneSt. Anne's CathedralPools of BethesdaChurch of the FlagellationChurch of the CondemnationVia DolorosaChurch of the Holy SepulchreTemple MountWestern WallHezekiah&#…