Published: March 6th 2011March 6th 2011
At the old city of Jerusalem
We are here and getting ready to tour the old city on Monday.
Sunday March 6,2011
I got up early to get a picture of the sun rising over the mountains in Jordan. We are heading out to Masada this morning.
We just finished a two hour tour of Masada. We took a cable ride to the top of the mountain. We learned and saw the structures that were built. King Herod built two palaces to winter at. He constructed large water cisterns and collection systems. He also had roman style bathhouses and markets. The most important event was the siege of Masada. The romans attacked the jewish zealots who had escaped after the fall Jerusalem. They held the mountain until the romans built a ramp. The ramp eventually broke the walls down and the romans found all of them dead (1,000 men and women). The zealots decided they would rather die as free people than as slaves. They took their own lives.
Next stop, En Gedi, is the location of a fresh water stream flowing through mountains to the Dead Sea. It also called David's Stream. The Bible has the story of Saul pursuing David and this the location of David sparing Saul' life and where David cut off a piece of Saul's
Le Meridien Hotel - Dead Sea
The front of hotel Sunday night - beautiful
robe. See 1 Samuel 23:26-29 through 1 Samuel 24:1-22. We have pictured the springs and the valley.
We started heading north and entered the West Bank area towards Jerusalem. We have one more stop and lunch before we enter Jerusalem.
We had at Qumran park. It had a restaurant and we enjoyed a cafeteria style meal. Lunch was expensive and not that good. We toured the area and saw where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. We also learned of Essenes.
We stopped at a lookout area and took pictures of the desert and valley between Jericho and Jerusalem. Beautiful scenery and we were met by a group of bedoins and their children. It was the first beggars we encountered.
We just arrived in East Jerusalem. On our way here was shanty villages and garbage strewn areas. This the first time we have see the poverty and the poor.
We just stopped and got out of the bus and got our first view of the old city of ;Jerusalem! It is much bigger than we expected. Jerusalem is large city and we were surprised at the poverty level. We are on our way to the hotel. We will be visiting
Sunrise over the Dead Sea
I took this picture at sunrise from the shores of the Dead Sea
the "Wailing Wall" tomorrow morning. Please let us know through the comment section on the website for any prayer requests you may have.
Doug and Sherry
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