In just about every place you visit in Israel, there is a church, reportedly stating that this is where a certain event took place in the life of Jesus. Whether it is true or not, the commercialisation and "christianisation" (read Catholicism, generally) of sites really spoils what was probably a lovely serene place. This mountain is no exception. While there was a lovely garden and little pews set up where small congregations were singing or worshipping, the views over the Sea of Galilee were quite commanding and seemed to be more interesting than the church and its surrounds. Nevertheless there are a few photos of the church. The current church was built in about 1936-38 near the ruins of a 4th Century Byzantine-era church. Part of its ruins are still visible. It was said that part of the original mosaic (tiles) floor is in a musuem in Capernaum. The current church has an octagonal shape representing the eight beatitudes - however read the following from Matt 5:1-12. I can count nine and the final verse commencing in "rejoice" would indicate ten sayings. Hmmmm
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples
came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
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