It has been on my mind for some time now to do a blog post on my trip to the Holy Land, which I took last year with my son and a number of others from university. I couldn’t make up my mind what to include in the post and my indecisiveness caused this lengthy delay. Looking through other pilgrims’ posts, one thing I noticed was the recurring pattern of similar photos taken at the more famous locations so, in the end, I decided I would post some of the less common images.
Part 1 of this post includes pictures I took around the shores of the sea of Galilee, our journey through Qumran and on to Jerusalem arriving at Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.
Part 2 (From One Wall to Another) begins at the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem, journeys to Ein Karem and Bethlehem and finishes at the Separation Wall at the West Bank.
The sea of Galilee is known locally as Lake Kinneret. To my surprise, it wasn’t a sea at all!
Some children playing in the long grass on the outskirts of Nazareth, the home of Mary, Joseph and Jesus
This is the view from where is traditionally believed to be the location of the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his sermon on the mount. It is on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee between the villages of Capernaum and Gennesaret.
This is Tabgha. It is traditionally believed to be the place of one of the miracles of loaves and fishes and also the location of one of the resurrection appearances of Jesus. It was from these rocks that Jesus asked his disciples to cast their nets once more back into the sea.
This is perhaps my favourite statue in the Holy Land. It depicts Peter on his knees pleading with Jesus to believe him when Jesus asks him does he love him. A humble and broken Peter accepts the role of caring for Jesus’ followers, not the triumphant Peter that is depicted in most churches today. He had, after all, denied that he knew Jesus at all when they were in Jerusalem for fear of being crucified too.
This is the temple ruins in Capernaum where Jesus lived during his ministry.
This is the Jesus Boat, as it is known locally. It is a first century fishing boat that was discovered in the Sea of Galilee during a time of drought in 1986. It is on display in the Yigal Alon museum in a Kibbutz named Ginosar.
The caves at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1946
Looking over to the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives cemetery. The stones on the graves are left by those who have visited their loved ones during the year.
This is the oldest olive tree in the garden of Gethsemane. The word Gethsemane means “the olive press.” This is where Jesus came to from the city of Jerusalem, across the Kidron Valley, to pray before his arrest.