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Now I See the Bible in HD


by R. Steven Norman, III Southern Tidings

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On the third morning of my trip to Israel, I was reading one of the Gospels on my hotel balcony overlooking the Sea of Galilee when I noticed something was different.


All of my life when I read the Bible stories about Jesus’ birth in Nazareth, His turning the water to wine during the wedding feast at Cana, casting the demons out of the demoniac at Gadara, or any other Bible story, my mind had concocted images. These images where drawn from classical paintings, Bible story books from my childhood and a fertile imagination.


Now I had walked the ancient streets of Joppa where Jonah caught a ship to run from God. I had listened to a sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached. I had ridden a boat across the sparkling blue waters of the Sea of Galilee that Jesus calmed. I had visited the excavated ruins of Herod’s Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima and now my vision had changed.


Before, I saw the stories of the Bible through a glass darkly but after just three days I was seeing the stories with the clarity of high-definition television. My imagination yielded to actual memories of places I had seen, archeological evidence reviewed, and a better knowledge of the local geography, terrain, plant life, and cuisine.


My tour of the Holy Land gave me a new visual reference to add to my personal library of Bible commentaries, lexicons and history books. Being there made the Bible come alive and helped me see Jesus better than anything else. Indeed, seeing Israel is so helpful I am already planning a second trip to add volume II to my visual reference library.



 Sites & Attractions

The winery was established in 2001 and it produces approximately 6000 bottles
The Shrine of the Book is in the Israel Museum campus and houses some of the Dead Sea S...
In the northwest corner of Israel, on the Israel-Lebanon border, at a point where the M...
A museum campus housing pavilions presenting artifacts from ancient cultures in Israel....
Kibbutz Ein Gedi is the only botanical garden in the world that people live in. More th...
The underwater observatory offers aquariums rich in marine life and coral, as well as s...


Hotel in the center of the Hadar neighborhood, opposite the Mashbir department store. I...