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Day 10

Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea

The word pilgrim in Hebrew means the ones who go up. That is us.

On the bus this morning, our guide Hanna, gave us a condensed history of Israel over 4,000 years. I think I got most of it...

Abraham was a nomad who wandered from place to place. At Mount Hermon, he received the promise from God and settled at Bethsheeba.

The children of Israel spent 40 years in the desert and penetrated the promised land near Jericho. Mount Nebo is where Moses died.

Joshua lead the children of Israel from Jericho. Different judges lead the children of Israel. The 1st king appointed was Saul.

Then came David. This period was known as the 1st temple period. Temple was built by Solomon at Mount Moriah. 586 BC
After the temple was built, the kingdom split into two.

Kingdom of Judea. Expelled by Babylonians. The Babylonians believed in ruling an empire by expelling people from lands. The Persians took over from the Babylonians. Cyrus allowed the Jews to come back to the land.

The 2nd temple was built at the same place as the 1st temple.
2nd temple period lasted 500 years.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

In 70 AD the temple was destroyed.

In 324 AD the Roman Empire accepted Christianity under Constantine. Built church of nativity in Jerusalem, church of holy sepulchre.
Until 1st world war, Israel was under Muslim rule, save for a short period with crusaders.

Like I said, I think I got most of it.

We left the Sea of Galilee this morning and headed to Qumran. The caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Amazing!

The whole area reminded me of the Indiana Jones movies. I have had the theme tune playing in my head the whole day.

I bought a pair of earrings today - they are Eliat Stone, the National stone of Israel.

My friend Nancy has a cool ring with Hebrew on it and the guy who makes them met with us today.

I have ordered one with ‘He is no fool’ inscribed in Hebrew. Very excited to receive it tomorrow when we get to Jerusalem.

Our next stop for the day was Masada. This is the where Herod (the Great, I think) built a fortress on the mountain. Amazing! Might just have to hire the film.

Tilly quoted the scripture that says ‘Even the rocks cry out’. You get a real picture of that out at Masada. I love visualising scripture.

It is stinking hot out here in the desert. 40 today. It is 8:35 pm and is still 36. Loving this heat!

A scroll with Ezekiel 37 was found at Masada - so interesting, given the desert and the passage of scripture.

There is a black bird up on Masada with bright orange under its wings. Legend has it that Solomon wanted colours for the temple from each bird. This particular bird refused and so Solomon blew smoke and covered the bird in black save for the orange under the wings.

We then came to our hotel at the Dead Sea.

A massage, time in the Dead Sea, dinner and now ready for bed.

Saw Hello Kitty today at the Dead Sea. She really gets around.

We head for Jerusalem tomorrow and what I think will be an incredibly moving next few days as we visit Bethlehem, the Garden of Gethsemene and other significant places in the life of Jesus.

Posted by Cruicksie 10:20 Archived in Israel

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Hmmmmmmm good old HK. Can’t escape her anywhere!

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