Today the landscape looked much more like what I imagined when I envisioned the middle east. All of our stops were taking us toward Jerusalem. We stopped in Jericho which was underwhelming. It was mostly a shopping / souvenir trap. We saw a tree that is celebrated as the tree that Zacheaus climbed.
Then we spent quite a while at Qumran which was fascinating. They think they have found evidence in the past year that John the Baptist might have spent time here. Could it be that the Essene ritual baths would make way for John the Baptist’s famous baptism of Jesus?
Ending our day at our destination: Jerusalem. We stopped at an overlook and got some photos.
I really didn’t have another stop in me and just wanted to come to the hotel, but we had one more place: Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. It is built upon the site which is celebrated as the home of Caiaphas the high priest and the dungeon found below it may just be the place where Jesus spent the night before he was put to death!
I know I haven’t written much on these blog posts, especially today, but by the time I get to the room each night, I am completely exhausted. This is all I have in me! Check out my Facebook timeline for a more interesting tour. On Facebook I upload throughout the day!