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Now I See the Bible in HD

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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

 
House of Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president, situated next to the Weizmann Instit...
Safed Doll Museum The small porcelain dolls in this charming museum are the work of lo...
Ayalon Institute Museum. The institute’s story took place in 1945-48 – between the end ...
Arad Glass Museum This museum showcases the dynamic and colorful world of glass art th...
The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum This museum tell the fascinating story of Israel’...
Revivim Observatory is one of the three lookout points established in the summer of 194...
 

 Accommodations

 
The hotel is near the American embassy and all its rooms have been renovated.
.: The hotel overlooks the breathtaking views of the lively boardwalk, white sa...
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