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MAY 11 - ASHDOD (NAZARETH & GALILEE) ISRAEL

sunny 77 °F

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For our day in Nazareth and Galilee we began in Nazareth in the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation. Pilgrims can look down into the place Mary lived when she was visited by the angel Gabriel.

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The modern church has an optical illusion floor design - it really is flat, although the design mimics stairs.

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Nearby is St. Joseph's Church which preserves the traditional site of Joseph's workshop. If churches had not been built in these places by early Christians they would have been lost to us.

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Across the street is the Nazareth Synagogue, built on the remains of the synagogue where Jesus preached (Luke 4:16).

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The tower of the Church of the Annunciation, resembling a lighthouse, because Jesus is the light of the world.

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A short walk in the Arab market

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Yes, there is a well. Both Mary's home and Joseph's workshop have springs, a source of water in Nazareth.

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Heading toward Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee.

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The Franciscan Mount of the Beatitudes Church is built on one of the possible sites of the Sermon on the Mount.

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Our guide asked Ed to read from the Bible at several sites.

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A gentle reminder

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The Church of the Primacy of Peter, where Jesus tells Peter, "Feed My sheep"

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In Capernaum there is a new church sheltering the site of Peter's Mother-in-law's house.

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Ruins of the grand 4th century Synagogue which is believed to have been built on the remains of the "Synagogue of Jesus"

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We have been blessed to visit the Holy Land many times. Each time we are awed by the experience.

Posted by Swenigale 04:55 Archived in Israel

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