This morning we were awoken before 6am to the sounds of a film crew setting up in our courtyard to film what appeared to be an commercial for some sort of beverage. It was curious to say the least, though I don't think many of us appreciated the bizarre awakening.
Today we continued our focus on Biblical history, touring around northern Israel by bus. Our first stop was Mount Precipice, which is part of a ridge separating Nazareth from the Jezreel Valley. Mount Precipice is said to be the cliff where Jesus was taken after he preached in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4). Following that we drove through the valley to the other side and up Mount Carmel, which is where Elijah faced off against the prophets of Ba'al (1 Kings 18). Linford (from EMU), serving as our tour guide and reenactment specialist, shared a number of Biblical narratives set down in the valley and surrounding area, and generally helped us locate ourselves in the geography of Jesus' childhood. Between these stories and places and yesterday's time at Nazareth Village, it has been very powerful to imagine first hand what it might have been like for Jesus growing up in Nazareth, from the very sites he might have tread.
So much to see, so much to learn! And a fantastic group to do this with. Let's just hope we can all get over this jet lag soon, and avoid too much further sunburn...
-- Aaron N.