Israel: A View from Above, a Village on a Hill

Our motor coach followed the Mediterranean coastline north to the Stella Maris Church near Mount Carmel, where I shared from 1 Kings 18:1-39, the story of Elijah calling upon God to reveal his power.


Then we headed up to Mount Carmel to learn about Jezebel from 1 Kings 21:1-16 and 2 Kings 9:30-37, while looking down on the Jezreel Valley from the roof of a Carmelite Monastery. Definitely a HIGH point, in more ways than one. Wow, what a view!

Jezreel Valley

Lunch was at a Druze village home, where we heard about a most unusual religious sect, and ate another wonderful Mediterranean meal. And more yummus.

Traditional Foods

Then we continued to Cana, and then on to Nazareth Village, which was a terrific reconstruction of ancient Nazareth, complete with a carpenter…

Nazareth Carpenter

…and a shepherd dressed in appropriate garb and accompanied by appropriate sheep.

Nazareth Shepherd

At Nazareth Village I taught on Mary’s visit from the angel, found in Luke 1:26-38, and they presented each of us with a small clay oil lamp, commonly used in Israel of old. As night fell, we visited the beautiful Church of the Annunciation.

Nazareth Church of Anunciation

Then off we went to enjoy a Saint Peter’s fish dinner by the Sea of Galilee, before lodging that night at a kibbutz in Tiberias. It looked like any other hotel, until I noticed the thin metal box on my doorpost: a mezuzah, with verses from the Hebrew Bible tucked inside, in obedience to this command: “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9

Needless to say, we all slept like logs, never imagining what wonders the next day would hold…

2 Responses to Israel: A View from Above, a Village on a Hill

  1. Earline Miles February 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Wasn’t it wonderful staying in a kibbutz? I first learned about a kibbutz while I was teaching 7th grade geography, and I was intrigued. I never dreamed I’d actually visit and lodge in a kibbutz! Again, this trip blew me away!

  2. Liz Curtis Higgs February 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Were you with us for the lecture on kibbutz life that one of the women there shared? SO interesting and informative (even if we were all a bit jet-lagged and bleary-eyed!). I wish I could jump on El Al tomorrow and do the entire trip all over again, without a single change (okay, we could probably skip that gift shop in Jericho!).