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