|Marlene and Linda at Caesarea Maritima|
|Our Guide Jarir explaining that Herod the Great|
the King who ruled when Jesus was born
built this hippodrome for chariot racing
From there we traveled to Mount Carmel which was the home of Elijah's epic contest with the prophets of Ba'al. Read it for yourself....kind of a bloody mess at the end 1 Kings 17; but quite amazing to be back. I lead the group with a little impromptu "Holy, Holy, Holy" in the small chapel and it sounded great!
Next we had our first Falafel of the trip--so very tasty. The food is just much healthier here...and good,
|The view from Mt. Carmel|
|The first Falalfel of the trip...It|
really was good.
Next we went to the ancient site of Meggido. We saw the ruins of the gates that go back to 5000 BC...yes 5000 BC. Also the remains of an altar from the same period. The city was built and destroyed 25 times and so it is built one layer on top of the next. Very fascinating as the Bible reminds us that so many battles took place there and in fact John in the Revelation uses Meggido as the place for the final battle of good against evil ( in Greek Meggido gets translated to Armeggedon----you may have heard of it? But the real interesting part is the water system that was built by King Ahab in the 700 BC's and we got to walk through it.
|Linda walking in the ruins of Meggido|
|The underground water system built by Ahab in|
Final stop of the day...Mt. Tabor, the Mountain of Transfiguration. Such a beautiful church on this very holy site. Took a few minutes to pray, as it was really not crowded at all. Oh, that we all might see the glory of Christ Jesus, high and lifted up! A great first day of touring. Tomorrow the hometown of Jesus, and the Sea of Galilee....which by the way we are staying near at our hotel and saw as we came in.
|The Church of the Transfiguration |
on Mt. Tabor
|A side trip to the Bahia Gardens in |
|The stairs going down to the water|
system in Meggido