Photos from His Heartland

These are some of the thousands of photos I have taken during my journeys through and adventures in Israel. May you enjoy them and may they draw you into a deeper love for this land and a yearning to know more of the Mighty One of Israel – the One Who keeps His covenants with His land and His people. Keep checking back on this page. More photos to come! 

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“Mona Lisa of the Galilee” mosaic discovered at Sepphoris

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Mosaic at Tabgha depicts the multiplication of fish and loaves

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Grotto at Rosh Hanikra

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Ancient walls at Acco

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Massada

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The Valley of Tears in the Golan Heights

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Mt. Arbel, the Valley of the Doves, and the Horns of Hittim in the background

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Mt. Arbel

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Qumran

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Rain moves over the Sea of Galilee

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Rainbow forms, as a cloud of sleet moves over the Sea of Galilee

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Statue of Jesus and Peter at Church of Peter’s Primacy on the Sea of Galilee

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Sea of Galilee

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Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

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Sea of Galilee

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Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

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Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

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The Southern End of the Sea of Galilee, Jordan Valley and looking into Jordan

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Senir River

Brook in Elah Valley

The Brook of Elah where David would have chosen the five smooth stones against Goliath

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Altar at ancient City of Dan where Golden Calf would be built

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Collapsed cave at Adamit Park

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The Great Crater

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The Red Sea

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A manger found at Megiddo

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Red Sea

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Nazareth

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Northern End of Sea of Galilee with Mt. of Beatitudes,

Capernaum, Tabgha, Peter’s Primacy

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Northern end of Sea of Galilee towards Mt. Hermon and Golan Heights

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Gazing eastern across the Sea of Galilee towards the Golan Heights Plateau

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From the Mt. of Beatitudes towards Mt. Arbel

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Gamla

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Mt. Arbel and the Valley of Doves

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The Jordan River

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The Jordan River

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Fishing Port in Gaza Strip

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Israeli/Syrian border

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Israeli/Syrian border in Golan Heights

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The Valley of Tears in the Golan Heights

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Sa’ar Waterfall

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Tank Monument at the Valley of Tears in the Golan Heights

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Gazing into Syria from the Golan Heights Plateau

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A portion of wall at the Volcanic Park in the Golan Heights

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The Haifa Port from Mt. Carmel

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Statue of Elijah on Mt. Carmel

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The Ba’hai Gardens on Mt. Carmel

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A military airbase in the Jezreel Valley

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Fertile fields

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Hamat Gader in the area of the Gaderenes

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Remains of a fallen bridge across the Yarmuk River near Hamat Gader

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Rugged terrain and fertile fields

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IMG_4868Herodium – the burial place of Herod the Great near Tekoa

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Excavations on Tel Megiddo

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Excavations at Tel Meggido have unearthed 26 layers of ruins

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An ancient altar unearthed at Tel Meggido

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Ruins at Caesarea by the Sea

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Fallen columns at Caesearea by the Sea

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An ancient Roman port at Caesarea by the Sea

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Remains of the Ancient Roman Port at Caesarea by the Sea

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The Pinnacle of the Temple Mount

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The Eastern Gate

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The Old City and Temple Mount

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Lions stand guard over the Sheep Gate (also known as the Lions Gate, St. Stephens Gate)

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Model of the City of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period

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Shiloh

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Remains unearthed at Shiloh

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From Misgav Am towards Lebanon

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Remains of the wall from the time of Nehemiah and Ezra

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Remains near the Pool of Siloam

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Steps lead down into the Pool of Siloam

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Unearthed finds in the City of David

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Entrance to the City of David

IMG_0728Damascus Gate – the most ornate of the Old City Gates in Jerusalem

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Plaque at the Garden Tomb

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Plaque at the Garden Tomb

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Golgotha – the Hill of the Skull

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Golgotha – the Hill of the Skull

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The Word comes alive throughout Israel

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A plaque in the Garden Tomb

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A plaque in the Garden Tomb

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A sign in the Garden Tomb

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A plaque in the Garden Tomb

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The Garden Tomb

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The Garden Tomb

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The Garden Tomb

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Mt. Herzl

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Soldiers visit Mt. Herzl

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Gravesite of Hannah Senesh (originally Szenes) on Mt. Herzel. Hannah was a paratrooper trained to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. She was captured and killed by the Nazi’s in 1944. She is still a national heroine in Israel.

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From the Mt. of Olives towards the Kidron Valley

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The Mt. of Olives towards the Temple Mount

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The Mt. of Olives

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The Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mt. of Olives

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The Chapel of the Teardrop – Believed to be the area where Jesus wept over Jerusalem

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The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane

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The Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mt. of Olives

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St. Peter in Gallicantu Church in Jerusalem commemorates the disciple’s denial of Jesus

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The Western Wall

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Raindrops form teardrops on the Chapel of the Teardrop on the Mt. of Olives

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This menorah is a replica of the one believed to be used during the time of the Third Temple. It is over 6 feet in height and plated with 95 pounds of gold.

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The Western Wall

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Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion

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Damascus Gate

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Columns in the Cardo of the Old City of Jerusalem

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Construction to rebuild the Hurva (means “Ruin”) Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem that was destroyed by the Arab Legion Forces in 1948. It was completed and dedicated in March 2010.

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Remains of Roman columns in the Cardo of the Old City of Jerusalem

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The Damascus Gate

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The marketplace in the Old City of Jerusalem with paving stones that date to the end of the Roman Period, the 3rd and 4th centuries.

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Fresh-baked bread in the Old City of Jerusalem

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Part of the Cardo in the Old City of Jerusalem

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Replica of ancient map discovered in Madaba, Jordan, that depicts the Cardo in Jerusalem

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Ruins next to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem

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Ruins, including religious baptismal pools, next to the Old City Walls in Jerusalem

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Robinson’s Arch in the Western Wall

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Marketplace at the Damascus Gate

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The Pools of Bethesda

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Ruins at the Pools of Bethesda

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Ornate ceiling of the Church of Flagellation on the Via Dolorosa

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Inside the Third Station of the Via Dolorosa

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Inside the Third Station of the Via Dolorosa

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The Western Wall Plaza

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Words of prayers and praise scribbled by pilgrims from throughout the world and gently tucked into the cracks and crevices of the Western Wall

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More petitions of prayers in the Western Wall

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A sign at the Western Wall

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A sign at the Western Wall

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Children’s Monument at Yad Vashem – unfinished columns represent the lives cut short

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Janusz Korczak and children Memorial at Yad Vashem

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Memorial to Ghetto Fighters at Yad Vashem

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The Death Camps Memorial Hall at Yad Vashem

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The King’s Pools in the Hinnon Valley

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From Mt. Gilboa towards the Galilee

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A cave in the Jordan Valley

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Caves along the highway of the Jordan Valley

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Herd of goats in the Judean Desert

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Kursi

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Mosaic from the Byzantine Monastery in Kursi

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Ruins at Kursi

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In 1980 a small chapel was discovered. Christian tradition identifies the cave as the place where Jesus met and healed the man with the unclean spirits.

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A “Jesus” boat glides over the Sea of Galilee near the Church of the Primacy of Peter

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Sign at the Church of the Primacy of Peter

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The Mensa Christi (Table of Christ) inside the Church of the Primacy of Peter

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Column discovered at Capernaum with a seven-branched menorah in the center flanked by an incense shovel on the left and a shofar on the right

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The Mt. of Beatitudes

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The Valley of Tears in the Golan Heights

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Towards Syria

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Nimrod’s Castle in the Golan Heights

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Haifa’s Port

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From Mt. Carmel towards the Jezreel Valley

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Mt. Tabor

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Closeup look at the military airstrip in the Jezreel Valley

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Tel Megiddo

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Mt. Tabor

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Tel Megiddo

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The Jordan River

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The Mediterranean Sea coastline at Rosh Hanikra – the most northeastern point in Israel

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The Mt. of Temptation in Jericho

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A British “pillbox” – one of the watchtowers/above-ground bunkers in Jerusalem from the time of British Mandate

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The Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea

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Sunset on the Mediterranean Sea

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Sunset on the Mediterranean Sea

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Sunset on the Mediterranean Sea

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Winds and waves on the Mediterranean Sea

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The Mt. of Beatitudes

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One of several mosaics at the chapel on the Mt. of Beatitudes

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A fountain on the grounds of the Mt. of Beatitudes chapel

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A rock garden depicts the Biblical story of the multiplication of the fish and bread

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Each side of the chapel on the Mt. of Beatitudes features a Beatitude

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Inside the chapel of the Mt. of Beatitudes there is a centrally-placed altar topped by a slender arch of alabaster and onyx.

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The Roman Catholic Franciscan chapel on the Mt. of Beatitudes was built in 1938

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The Mt. of Beatitudes forms a natural amphitheater

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Statue of Peter at Capernaum

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Remains believed to be of the house of Peter at Capernaum

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Remains of a synagogue at Capernaum that date to the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry

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Remains of the village of Capernaum

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Mosaics from ancient churches at Capernaum

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Carvings on the lentil of the synagogue at Capernaum

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Olive press found at Capernaum

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Ancient grain mill and olive mill found at Capernaum

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Carving from lentil of synagogue at Capernaum that depicts the Ark of the Covenant

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Ancient carvings at Capernaum that feature fruits

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Flowers and fruits depicted on ancient carvings found at Capernaum

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Star of David featured on carvings found at Capernaum

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Remains of synagogue at Capernaum

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Waterfall at Caesarea Philippi

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Remains of a Roman bridge at Caesarea Philippi

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Prayer niche at Caesarea Philippi

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Cave at the ancient Temple of Pan at Caesarea Philippi

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Ancient carvings discovered at Caesarea Philippi

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Ruins at Caesarea Philippi

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The Banias Springs flow through the Caesarea Philippi Park

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Water flows year-round in the Banias Springs

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Sign for the Temple of Pan at Caesarea Philippi

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Caesarea Philippi

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Beth Shean

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The Gates of Hell Cave at Caesarea Philippi

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 Dominus Flevit (Chapel of Teardrop) on Mt. of Olives

Ancient Anchors at Tel Dor

Ancient anchors on display at Tel Dor

Bruchim Habaim

Sign at military base says “Bruchim Habaim.”

(In English it means “Blessed are those who come here.”)

THE VALLEY OF ELAH

The Valley of Elah

Chattering Cranes

Cranes fill the sky as they migrate through Israel.

Mt. Gilboa

Mt. Gilboa in the Jezreel Valley

Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi

Shepherds' Fields near Bethlehem

Shepherd’s Fields near Bethlehem

The Land of the Gaderenes

Looking into Jordan and across the Land of the Gaderenes

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The Roar of the Sea

Caesarea By the Sea

Israel and Syria border in the Golan Heights

Israel and Syria border with UN compound

Military Airstrip in the Jezreel Valley

Military airstrip in Jezreel Valley

Storm clouds over the Sea of Galilee on June 27

Storm clouds over the Sea of Galilee

From the first glimpse of the land....

The City of Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Coastline

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The Western Wall

The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives

A Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem

A Bar Mitzvah makes merry music through the Old City of Jerusalem.

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View from the Mt. of Olives of the Old City of Jerusalem

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A plaque at the Garden Tomb

GARDEN TOMB IN JERUSALEM

Communion at the Garden Tomb is always a special time

Mt. Tabor - Possible site of the Transfiguration

Mt. Tabor – one of the possible sites of the Transfiguration

Mediterranean Sunset

Sunset on the Mediterranean

From Misgav Am into Lebanon

From Misgav Am into Lebanon

Waterfall at Caesarea Philippi

Waterfall at Caesarea Philippi

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Caesarea Philippi

Communion at the Garden Tomb

Communion at the Garden Tomb

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

Akko - Biblical Acre

Akko – Biblical Acre

JERUSALEM AT NIGHT

Jerusalem at night

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Jerusalem at night

ALMOND TREES IN BLOOM

Almond trees in bloom in Jerusalem

MOUNT HERMON

Mt. Hermon

JORDAN RIVER

The Jordan River

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Rainbow over the Sea of Galilee

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – Psalm 122:6

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Star of David forms in the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee

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The Western Wall

Welcome Home to Israel

The Temple Mount

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