Israel Trip – Day 4 – Mt of Beatitudes, Dan, Casearea Philippi & Capernaum

Sorry… had some issues with the internet at the hotel and couldn’t get this sent out yesterday. Here is the update from day 4…

Today was a very early day as most of the location start shutting down for Shabbat (Sabbath).  We lost an hour of sleep due to daylight savings time in

Israel, so we were just a tad nervous about waking up on time.  In fact, we sort of woke up in a panic when someone looked at the clock and thought we missed the alarm and wake can at 6:30…  ummmm…. the clock was on its side….. it was only 3am.  Lol. Nothing like waking up startled like that.

 

Mount of the Beatitudes

We went to where the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount.

Looking south to the Sea of Galilee from the Mt. Of Beatitudes.

Dan

Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice.  It was a long, but beautiful walk back to Dan.  Full of running water and dense foliage.  Then we got to see where the temple at Dan stood with a metal replica outlining the shape of the altar that was there.

The water flowing there was so crystal clear it was amazing!

A portion of the pathway back to Dan is this rocky pathway. In some spots we had to carefully cross the water while staying on the rocks that were put in the water. There were a few spots that made my mother-in-law a little nervous walking, but we made it without problems.

Much of the foundation is still left, but a metal frame showing the position and size of what the altar would have been. Gives a good perspective of the size.

Walking on the path on the way to the city of Dan.

Looking north from Dan – on the left side of the photo is Lebanon and on the right side of the photo is Syria. At some points, we were actually only about 50 yards from the Lebanon border when we were up in this area.

The unearthed main gate into Dan.

The still remaining city walls of Dan! Wow!

Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession and pagan worship geared toward the Greek god Pan.

Locally rumored to be “the gates of hell”, Jesus references this location in Matthew 16:13-20

Look closely… yes, those are cows at the top of the cliff at Caesarea Philippi… good thing they aren’t lean beef. Lol

One of the springs that flow from Caesarea Philippi.

The spring flows under the walkway and splits into separate channels before flowing into the river.

Looking downstream.

 

Church of the Primacy of Peter

Right before arriving at Capernaum, we stopped at the Church of the Primacy of Peter which is the traditional (potential) site where Jesus tells his disciples to cast the net on the other side of the boat and they bring in 153 fish after not catching anything all night.  He then ate breakfast with his disciples and some believe this rock (that a church was built around) is the one that they ate at.

Capernaum

In Capernaum we view the excavations of the sea-side village and the home of Peter’s Mother-in-law where he and Jesus spent much time together.  We also saw the synagogue that was built on top of the synagogue where Jesus taught.

The symbolism used in the carvings are amazing – this one on the right (where the green laser pointer is) is a design depicting the Ark of the Covenant.

The temple built on top of the one that Jesus taught in. Literally about 30 feet away from the house of Peter’s mother-in-law.

Taken from the door entrance to the temple.

 

Looking at the center of the house of Peter’s mother-in-law where Jesus stayed.

More of the house…. and yes, that is the base of a church that was built on top of the house.

A statue of Peter as you look out over the Sea of Galilee (which technically is a fresh water lake)

Oh…. bonus picture time… we ate at a wonderful place for lunch. I heard we were having fish and then heard it was tilapia!  One of my favorites.  It was Galilean tilapia that was caught 4 hours earlier out on the Sea of Galilee.  Can you say “yum”?   Then it came to us…. lol. Yes I ate it.  It was actually very tasty.

And some of you that know me know that I like to work on bonsai trees…. to my delight, this little gem was sitting on a table near me.  An olive tree in a pot similar to a bonsai pot and style.  I WANT ONE!!!

I had to take a picture of this bonsai-ish olive tree that was at the restaurant where we ate the tilapia. I would love to get an olive tree bonsai from Israel. If only there was a way to do that. 🙂

I’ll work on the day 5 post shortly, so you will see two posts close to each other.  Writing from the hotel in the Dead Sea at the moment and the internet is better here.

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