Saturday, April 23, 2011

An Typical Tomb in Israel

This may what the Tomb of Jesus may have looked like. Bodies were placed in these tombs until all that was left were bones. Then the bones would be gathered up and placed in a bone box with the name of the person inside etched on it. The tomb would then be made ready for the next person.

A rich man like Joseph of Arimathea would have had a tomb like this and it would not have been any where near where the Romans did crucifying.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Church of the first Good Friday

This is the entrance to the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem which was built by the crusaders to mark the spot where supposedly Jesus was crucified and was buried. This was not the first church building constructed on that spot - the crusaders destroyed the first one in their siege of Jerusalem. Then they built this one.

This is one of the many alters in the church it is in front of the place where they say the tomb was. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crusader Castle in Tiberius

Crusader Castle

In Tiberius by the Sea of Galilee is this ruin of a crusader castle. There is not much left of it but it is impressive.
It is a reminder of a time of European conquest of the Holy Land.

Monday, April 18, 2011

At the Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee also known as the Sea of Tiberias and the Sea of Gennesaret in the Bible was the home of some of the disciples of Jesus who were fishermen. Along these beaches Jesus walked and preached and taught. 
Looking down from the Mount where Jesus Preached 

The Sea of Galilee is actually a small lake that is 33 miles in circumference. It is about 13 Miles long and 9 miles wide and 151 feet deep. The Lake lies 670 feet below sea level and is part of a rift valley that forms the Jordan river and the Dead Sea.

This fresh water lake is a great place to swim and enjoy fishing. I loved watching the wonderful variety of boats plying the lake.