Our Trip to Israel -

The area around the Sea of Galilee

 This is one of the excavated houses in the area celebrated as Bethsaida. Our travel friends, Beth and Donna from New Mexico, both spent time here as part of the excavation team. Relics were found in two particular houses leading one to be named a fisherman's house (because of the fishhooks and netting needles found here) and the other to be called the Winegrower's house (because of the wineskins).

 

 This is the house in Capernaum that is believed to have belonged to Peter. The memorial has been placed over the ruins of the original house.

 This is a partially reconstructed synagogue in Capernaum. It is believed that this is a third century synagogue built on the ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus spent most of his time preaching and teaching in Galilee. Notice the second pillar from the right. The cross section of the pillar would form a heart. This type of construction has only been found in buildings known to be synagogues. The four corner posts are constructed in this manner.

This was a synagogue located in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias was one of the cities Jewish leaders fled to when they were driven out of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. It became a respected center of talmudic scholars. The mosaic floor (believed to be from the 3rd or 4th century) contained figures of humans and animals as well as a zodiac and other popular secular decorations.

 

 

This is a combined picture showing both a flame tree (on the left - a variety of mimosa tree) and bougainvillea - both of which grew throughout Galilee and Jerusalem.

We visited more places on this day, but unfortunately I turned my ankle and did not get to go in any of them. I spent the rest of the afternoon on the bus.

One thing that impressed me was how many noteworthy places were located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and how close they were to each other.

We took a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. During the ride, Beth Noland led us in a meditation about the disciples. It was very inspiring to meditate as we watched the sun go down across the water from us.

This is the crew celebrating the end of the day by enjoying a meal of St. Peter's Fish. Our leader, Jimmy, made a hat to place on the head of her granddaughter, Erin's, fish. They serve them with the heads still on.

 

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