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Our Visit to the Holy Land: Dec 2001-Jan 2002

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After Christmas in 2001 (and into January 2002), we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Israel to see friends. (We actually went to see Michael's sister in Turkey, but couldn't resist the chance to visit Israel since we were "so close".) Having read about these places all our lives (in the Bible), this was really a dream vacation. Unfortunately, this was in the early days of digital photography and my little camera took rather primitive-looking photos. Someday, we would love to go back--with a much better camera!


Jerusalem--the Eternal City 
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” Jesus said this in around AD 30. Matt 23:37-39 (New King James Version of the Bible--NKJV)



Two of the most famous bodies of water in the Bible are the Sea of Galilee (below left) and the Dead Sea (below right). Technically, the Sea of Galilee isn't a "sea" at all, because it has fresh water. Nelson’s Bible Dictionary says it is only 21 by 13 kilometers (13x8 miles), and up to 50 meters deep. It's water flows down the Jordan River into the Dead Sea, which is the lowest place on earth. It was too cold to swim in either, but we got close enough to feel the water. We also enjoyed a nice lunch of fish from the Sea of Galilee.

The Sea of Galilee

The Dead Sea (or Salt Sea)

    By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” Jesus, quoting Isaiah; Matt 4:15-16 (NKJV)

One of the friends we visited was a college buddy and her family. They were wonderful hosts, driving us around and explaining things. Their son, not much older than Andrew, was with us on this trip to the Sea of Galilee.

The Kriglines, standing by a model of how Jerusalem looked 20 centuries ago. This model has been used in movies about the life of Jesus.

Next to Vivian's ear, you can see the Dead Sea again. Nearby, we visited this full-size model of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness--a portable Temple used by the Jews after their release from slavery in Egypt (see Exodus 25 & 26). It was interesting to see the size of this famous place. Behind us is a replica of the Brass Altar used for sacrifice. (Andrew is also holding a solar-powered hat.)

It is hard to say which places were the most interesting because we enjoyed them all. Another college friend was working as a nurse in Jerusalem, and she too was a wonderful hostess. She introduced us to many historical sites, but one of my favorites was "the Garden Tomb" just outside the city. The tomb and gardens match the description of the place where Jesus was buried. For many reasons, it was a quiet, moving place, full of reminders of how remarkable it was that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, to prove that our sins were forgiven! If you don't understand the connection between His death and forgiveness, read my article on the subject (click here), or just ask us sometime. We'd be happy to explain!

You can see another photo of the Garden Tomb, and read a remarkable Chinese poem, by clicking here (and scrolling to the bottom).

 We couldn't resist posing for a photo in front of this church which bears Andrew's name! It has become one of our favorite family photos!


The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem.
He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.Angel proclamation on Resurrection Morning; Matthew 28:6.

  For more vacation photos, click over to our previous stop: Turkey.

You can also click here to read an article about this trip. For a wonderful Chinese poem about the Cross, click here.


One never knows how long other web addresses will work, but here are some interesting links:

--For lots of great photos and information about Israel, visit a website prepared by Dr. Hulbert, 
one of our favorite teachers: .

--Other interesting places we visited: and [broken link?]

--For more information about Christianity, check out

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