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Bethlehem, located five miles from Jerusalem, with the Shepherd/s Fields in the background.  Where the greenery ends, the desert begins.

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The City of Jerusalem, from the Jericho Road

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Tradition says this is the tree that Zacchaeus climbed in Luke 19:1-6, as he sought to see Christ.

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Mount of Temptation near Jericho


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The Jordan River



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The Jordan River
In most other places, the River is very small, probably having been filled in over the years.



007.jpg (77895 bytes) Sea of Galilee



008.jpg (157816 bytes) Sea of Galilee, taken from the Mount of Beatitudes, which is located on the shores of the Sea.



009.jpg (104866 bytes) Approaching the Sea of Galilee, with Mountains of Galilee in the background.



010.jpg (68271 bytes) The Sea of Galilee, with Tiberias on its shores.  Also called:  Sea of Tiberias and Lake Kinneret (in Hebrew)



011.jpg (68718 bytes) The Sea of Galilee
12 miles long, 7 miles wide, 150 ft. deep, 700 ft. below sea level
Israel's main source of water



012.jpg (122964 bytes) Mt. Hermon
Believed to be the Mount of Transfiguration 
Located in the Golan Heights, 10,000 ft. high



013.jpg (165733 bytes) Synagogue ruins at Capernaum



014.jpg (126275 bytes) Synagogue ruins at Capernaum



015.jpg (161690 bytes) Remains of sites of heathen worship at Caesarea Phillipi
Believed to be the place where Christ said "...the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it."  This site is the beginning of the Jordan River, fed by snow from Mt. Hermon and springs.



016.jpg (101682 bytes) Valley of Armageddon from Mt. Carmel.  
Megiddo believed to have been in this Valley.



017.jpg (144659 bytes) Mosaic floor - As many as 50,000 mosaic floors have been uncovered in Israel.  Many times they are found and then re-covered again to protect them.  They are made of thousands of tiny stones. 



018.jpg (102061 bytes) Partially restored mosaic floor, salvaged from ruins near Nazareth.
1700 - 1800 years old



019.jpg (115919 bytes) Excavated ruins, with Nazareth in the background.



020.jpg (137881 bytes) A tomb by the side of the road, indicative of the one Christ was buried in.  
The stone rolls to cover the entrance.



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Qumran - Some of the 15 caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.  About 800 scrolls were found.  Almost all of the Old Testament.  A special building, in the shape of jars the scrolls were found in, was built in Jerusalem to house the scrolls.  It is called The Shrine of the Book.

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The Garden of Gethsemane



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Hillside near Bethlehem



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Believed by many to be Golgatha.  The Place of the Skull.  Note the 2 hollow eyes and the nose in the lower part.  Note crosses located on top.



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Believed by many to be Golgatha, the Place of the Skull.  This site is located at the northern tip of Mt. Moriah.  It is beside the road that goes from Jerusalem to Jericho - The Jericho Road. 



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The Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the place of Christ's burial and resurrection.



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The Garden Tomb



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This is believed to be the actual place of Jesus' birth.  The Star of Bethlehem is what this denotes.  The site is located in an underground stable, where stables are located.



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This is a rock manger, supposedly one such as Jesus was laid in.  These mangers are called troughs, for feeding sheep and goats.  There is no wood to build such.  Rock is used.



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Ruins of Bet Sh'An (Beth Shan) being excavated.   The mountain in the background is Mt. Gilboa, where Saul and his sons, Jonathan, Abinadab & Malchishua were slain.  I Samuel 31



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The Dead Sea
The Moabite Mountains are on the east bank of the Dead Sea.  Mt. Nebo is about 10 miles from the Moabite Mountains.  Mt. Pisgah is one of the 3 peaks in that range of mountains.  



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The Dead Sea   ~  50 miles long, 10 miles wide
1300 ft. below sea level, the lowest point on the earth

Pictures & Info Provided By:  Pansy Hundley
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Poem About This Trip By:  Pansy Hundley
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