Itinerary & Photos for 5/15

We have an early start today. Out first visit is to Mt Tabor, the site of the Christ’a Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36), & the Basilica of the Transfiguration. ~ As we depart the Galilee we go south through the Jordan Valley. We tour Bet She’an, a Roman city that has been restored enough to see the excavations of the streets & shops as they originally were. It lies beside the Old Testament tel (Joshua 17; Judges 1; I Samuel 31:10-12) from the days when Saul was king. ~ We follow the Jordan Valley to the Judean Wilderness. We pass by the oasis of Jericho (Joshua 2, 6; Luke 19:1-10) & the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11.). ~ We ascend to Jerusalem with a detour to Bethlehem which is very close to the south. In addition to being the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem was also the birthplace of David (1Samuel 17:12), the residence of Ruth & Boaz (Ruth 4:11) & the resting place of the matriarch Rachel (Genesis 35:19.) Passing Rachel’s Tomb en-route, we enter the West Bank & meet our local Palestinian guide for our visit to the Church of the Nativity.  ~ We visit an olive wood shop owned by Palestinian Christians for some shopping before returning to Jerusalem. It is important to support Christian brethren in the West Bank.