Mt Tabor, Bet Shean, Judean Wilderness, Qumran, Jerusalem ~ After an early start, we ascended Mt Tabor for mass in the lovely Basilica of the Transfiguration, the site of Christ’s Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36.). Then we departed the Galilee through the Jordan Valley. We toured 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 stopped at Qumran, to see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, before we turn west toward Jerusalem. Our first view of the Golden City was from a promenade where we will shared the traditional Jewish Shechuyanu blessing with bread and wine and the view of a beautiful sunset.