Our Trip to Israel - The Golan Heights

The castle of Nimrod sits at the top of a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding country. From here you can see Syria and Lebanon.

While we were here a class of new recruits in the army appeared and it was apparent that they were having a hands- and eyes-on history and geography lesson.

Our group relaxed at the Banias waterfall near Caesarea Philippi. This is one of the sources of the Jordan River. It was here that Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say I am?" And it was here that Peter proclaimed, "You are the Christ!"

Before being named Caesarea Philippi, the area was called Pan after the goat-footed Greek god. Many temples have been excavated on the cliffs dedicated to various gods and goddesses. At one time carved idols stood in the now-vacant niches.

Not far from Caesarea Philippi are the remains of the ancient city of Dan. The picture at the left is a 4000-year-old mud gate at Tel Dan in the Golan Heights. It has been covered to protect the packed dirt from the rain and wind.

A close-up of the 4000-year-old mud gate that Abraham may walked through when he entered the city of Leshem. After the conquest of Israel this was the area of land given to the tribe of Dan.

In this picture from a newer gate at the Tel Dan, our guide, Halvor, demonstrates where the king's throne would be in the gate and how he would be seated to hear the cases brought before him to be judged.

There is a series of three gates leading up to this platform. From the platform the king would have been able to see out the three gates and for miles to the horizon.

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