Holy Land tour with Stephen Ray
If you want to visit the Holy Land as part of a packaged tour, be sure to check out the trips offered by author Stephen Ray. His "Footprints of God" series is highly informative and the off-beat way he presents the information will give you a good laugh or two along the way. (Trying to demonstrate how Jesus rubbed mud on a blind man's eyes to cure him, Ray reenacts the scene by using chocolate syrup as a substitute. While this may be considered silly, Ray does in fact have great respect for the subject matter.)
I watched one of his videos before going to Jerusalem and it was very helpful as it not only pointed out the historical places, it put them in their proper Biblical context.
Ironically, I bumped into Ray and his wife Janet as they led a tour group through the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. As I talked to him, a few people went out of their way to recommend Ray and his tours. Stephen and Janet are very personable and will offer invaluable guidance to your trip. They offer several trips each year to Israel, Turkey, Italy and other places of historical significance.
Chrsitianity From Africa in Jerusalem
The Egyptian and Ethiopian Koptic church have their branch in Jerusalem and they share small part of the Holy Grave church. I find the Koptic church very unique and it is one of the oldest forms of Christianity. They have very colorful and interesting buildings in Jerusalem. I took this photo of a Koptic monk in the back yard of the holy grave church. I love the colors of light blue.
Most the tourists go here....
Most the tourists go here. When you go to Jerusalem you simply need to go here and have the vieuw over the city. I danish we call this mountain 'The Oil Mountain'. From here you can indeed see that Jerusalem is very old as well as a modern city.
The Western Wall in the midst of the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple (70 C.E.). It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, from which, according to numerous sources, the Divine Presence never departed. It became a center of mourning over the destruction of the Temple and Israel's exile, on the one hand, and of religious - in 20th century also national - communion with the memory of Israel's former glory and the hope for its restoration, on the other. Because of the former association, it became known in European languages as the "Wailing Wall".
Jerusalem, the old city - The "Wailing Wall"
The "Wailing Wall" as it is popularly know is the western wall of what was once the largest and proudest temple in the Jewish Empire. All that remains today is this partial wall. It is divided into two sections because of the religious Jews men and women are not allowed to pray at the wall together. this picture shows the womens section where Zohara and Tal took Carmen.