More Impressions 3

Here are the most recent ones (I’m up to date!). Excuse the errors. I’ll correct this later.

July 12th, 2012

Today was filled with surprises from beginning to end but it makes the most sense to start from the beginning. Our first stop was to Kursi, where Jesus possibly performed the miracle with the demons called Legion. The reason this is contested is that Kursi isn’t too close to the lake and so it would be difficult for a herd of pigs to fall into the lake (as is recorded the Gospels). Still, tradition holds that this is the place of that miracle and so we visited the site and saw what we could. Again, we were visited by ruins of buildings and bath houses and synagogues which were now all too familiar.

From Kursi, we stopped by the Jordan River, which is surprisingly small. We stood on top of a bridge that was barred off and we looked down at the river. It was fun knowing that this was the Jordan River, regardless of its size. Later in the day we went back there but to a different spot.

We next traveled to Tiberias which is where our troubles began. Though the spot used to be a Roman capital built by Herod Antipas it was now closed off at the most interesting parts and turned into an amusement park. Needless to say, we didn’t see much at that site except for a tiny waterfall that wasn’t there previously.

Our next site was just as troubling but for different reasons. Since I had slept on the bus ride over to the site, I didn’t get a chance to hear all the preliminary things that were said about it and so when we stopped I was slightly disoriented. People looked at me and asked if I was going on the walk and so I said yes, since I didn’t know what was happening and it seemed like a good idea at the time. When I got off the bus, we were walking toward a site that seemed deserted when all of a sudden people noticed smoke rising behind us.

The door to the site was locked so we couldn’t go in but the smoke came closer and we could see the fire from where we were standing. We started to realize that it was coming toward us so we immediately walked away from it as fast as possible while we waited for the bus to come pick us up again.

We finally got to the bus and we were driven to the destination we would have walked to which was undoubtedly the most amazing site of the day. It was the city of Beth She’an which later became Sycthopolis. It was once a true Roman city, housing baths, theaters, and stadiums. The amphitheatre was still standing and it was amazing to stand in. It could once seat 7000 people and it still looked like it was in pretty good shape. Needless to say, this was the highlight of the day.

Even though our last day in Galilee was riddled with unexpected twists and turns it was one of the more exciting days of the trip.   

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