S: Israel June 4-14, 2011
BC: Shalom! Michael and Kaleigh Black
FC: Jewish Quarter Jerusalem, Israel June 4-14, 2011
1: Tel Aviv Airport | Israel!
2: Mediterranean Coast First Night in Israel
4: Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv, Israel
5: View from our hotel room
6: Independence Hall Tel Aviv, Israel | Amy and David June 6, 2011
7: Site of the signing of Israel's Declaration of Independence
8: C | Caesarea Roman Theater, still in use 20 B.C. June 6, 2011
9: Christa, leading worship
11: Remains of King Herod's Palace Roman Harbor 20 B.C.
12: King Herod's Swimming Pool, circa 20 B.C., Remains of Roman City of Caesarea, and view of the Mediterranean Sea
14: An amazing observation point
15: Tel Megiddo Armageddon Indian children, playing Tel - a hill made of layers of civilizations built on top of one another.
16: 20 superimposed cities, the oldest dating back to 4,000 B.C.
17: Where the final battle between the forces of good and evil will take place. (Rev. 16:16) Public Grain Silo circa 8 Century B.C.
18: Megiddo is mentioned twelve times in the Old Testament, ten times in reference to the ancient city of Megiddo, and twice with reference to "the plain of Megiddo".
19: Water shaft and tunnel built during the days of Ahab
20: Conquering over 250 stairs in 90+ degree heat!
21: Mount of Precipitation South of Nazareth, Israel
23: Site of the Rejection of Jesus described in Luke 4:29-30. The people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah tried to push him from the mountain, but "he passed through the midst of them and went away."
25: Mount of Beatitudes Where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount
26: Matthew 5:3-12
28: Capernaum Pronounced "Kafer Nahum" Where Jesus met his first disciples - Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew.
29: House of St. Peter
30: Site where Jesus performed many miracles Matthew 4:13
31: 2nd Century Synagogue, faced Jerusalem. Beneath the floor are remains of the 1st Century Synagogue where Jesus preached.
33: White wall on top - 2nd Century Synagogue walls Black wall on bottom - 1st Century Synagogue
34: Jesus' Boat - found by brothers in 1986 in the mud on the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee | Mosaic on the exterior wall of Kibbutz Ginnosaur
37: Crossing the Jordan | Joshua 3:15-16
38: Gadara ruins at modern Umm Qais in northern Jordan. A steep hill, southeast of the Sea of Galilee.
39: Site of the demon possessed being freed by Jesus with the demons entering the pigs. Mark 5:10-20
40: Baptism at the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John Mark 1:9
42: Luke getting baptized; 17 in our group were baptized
43: Kibbutz Maagan, communal living Our home for 3 nights on the beautiful Sea of Galilee
44: Matthew 14:22-33 Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
45: Also called Lake Tiberias, it is the largest freshwater lake in Israel and the lowest freshwater lake on Earth.
46: After feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea. In the night, the disciples encounter a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. They think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus tells them in verse 27, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
47: Gran, 86, having the time of her life on the Sea of Galilee!
48: How St. Peter fished in Jesus' time | Though we didn't catch any fish, we did enjoy St. Peter's fish (tilapia) at a local restaurant
49: Caesarea Philippi Banias Grotto of Pan 3rd Century Pagans would offer animal sacrifices to the god Pan into the cave. If the spring ran clear, the sacrifice was accepted.
50: Golan Heights View of Syria from an Israeli Bunker
51: One of the world's largest military barriers. Area is heavily mined.
52: Golan Heights Underground bunker
53: Michael and Luke in the bunkers
54: View from where weapons were fired
55: Majdal Shams - a Druze village. Nearby is the Shouting Hill where villagers communicate with their relatives in Syria. Enjoying Druze specialty, Lebane: goat cheese
56: View from Druze rooftop. Water is likely a fish farm, where tilapia are raised.
59: The Golan Heights rise from 400 to 1700 feet. Israel's highest mountain, Mt. Hermon, is located here. The plateau was once actively volcanic
60: Two-thirds of the land was captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Immediately after the war, Israel was willing to give up the Golan in exchange for peace; however, Syria refused to negotiate.
61: Israeli bunker, no longer utilized
62: We survived the scariest bus ride ever riding down the Golan Heights. 35 lives were in the hands of God and Uri, our Arab bus driver.
63: Life in a Kibbutz...awesome!
64: Train Ride to Bet Shean | One of the world's oldest cities
65: One of the hottest days we were there!
66: 18 levels of occupation, from 4th Millenium B.C. The Romans were extremely sophisticated. They had a 'country club' and large walkable shopping mall.
68: Bet Shean served as the administrative headquarters for Egyptians for at least 300 years
69: 2,000 year old toilets | Roman public toilets
71: Evidence of the earthquake in 749; columns left as they were found to show the impact
72: I Samuel 31:10 Saul's death in battle with the Philistines, who "fastened his body to the walls of Beth-Shean." | Tree depicting the cross; placed there in 1973 for the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
73: View from atop the hill where the Temple was...God is good! | We climbed about 400 steps in the heat, but we made it and enjoyed this amazing view of the city!
74: Mosaic Floor at Beit Alfa: Ancient Byzantine-era synagogue, with a mosaic floor depicting the lunar Hebrew months as they correspond to the signs of the zodiac.
75: The Spring of Gideon Judges 7 Gideon brought the army of Israel to this spring to select warriors who would join him in battle.
76: Romes with the red roofs are Israeli homes; flat roofs are Arab (Muslim homes). Notice how they live in peace side-by-side.
77: Passing a tank...a very large Israeli tank on our drive to Jerusalem. | "Sandwiches" Armored vehicles that are made of 2 layers of metal with a layer of plastic in between to reduce weight of vehicle
79: Yad La-Shiryon: The Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum at Latrun One of the biggest tank museums in the world.
80: Latrun, Israel Established as a military museum in 1982
81: Ami, our guide, described to us his 20 years of service as a tank commander on a Chariot.
82: Since the water tower was only designed to support 25 tons and the tank weighed 34 tons, both the engine and transmission gears had to be removed. | Wall of Names
83: Chariot - the main battle tank used by the Israeli Defense Forces and the best tank in the world! | Ryan, Theron and Michael
84: Getting closer to Jerusalem, on the hill
85: We have arrived! The Old City, Jerusalem!
87: Drive to Masada, dry and barren desert | Prison, turned into condos, right outside of Jerusalem (Opposite page)
88: Inside the Ahava Factory, Dead Sea Cosmetics
89: Dead Sea, see the rim outline in white?
91: The Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth! 1,300 feet below sea level You just float! 33% mineral content
92: Breathtaking views of the Old City, Jerusalem!
94: Camel rides, anyone?
95: Next stop, Jerusalem!