We’re off to Karei Deshe today. It is on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. The nearest city is Tiberias.
In doing my studies on this area, Tiberias was a city Caesar Augustus (his step-father) named after him. There is no indications that Jesus spent any time in Tiberias. (I surmise this is because he was sent unto the Jews, and not the Romans.)
Not far the other direction is where Jesus fed the multitude, taught the beatitudes, and called his apostles. The city of Capernaum is close by. It is also where Peter lived.
On our way to our hostel, we stopped at Caesarea. This mediterranean city was founded by Herod about 30 B.C. and is named after Caesar Augustus. This seaport city (its ruins) are spectacular.
We gathered at the bottom of the amphitheater for a group picture. I got a kick out of the lady I asked to take the picture. She complained that we were facing in to the sun. I assured her I knew what I was doing, and so did my fellow travelers.
(By the way, you always want the sun to your subject’s back so they aren’t squinting and so you don’t have ugly shadows on their faces.)\
I found this inscription intriguing:
“Pontius Pilatus, the prefect of Judea, erected a building dedicated to the Emperor Tiberius.”
is what they believe it to have said in whole.
The ancient port was an engineering marvel for its time. Concrete that cured underwater was one of the marvels.
And, check out these Segway tours! That looks fun.
On to Armageddon
On our way to Her Megido (aka Armegeddon), we passed this sign…
Who knew there was a Route 66 in Israel. I can say I’ve driven BOTH.
Her Megido is an impressive site (and sight). This mountain top city has been fought over many times and it is prophesied that the last battle will take place here.
From the Old Testament Student’s Manual I’ve copied the following. My comments are in italics:
According to the prophets, some important events must take place before the battle actually begins:
The land of Israel will be rebuilt and reinhabited by the covenant people (see Ezekiel 36:10–12, 33–36). done
The land will become highly productive and fruitful, even like the Garden of Eden (see Ezekiel 36:8, 29–30, 34–35). done
There will be one nation in the land of Israel again (see Ezekiel 37:22). in progress
It is amazing to lookout from atop Megido. The view is spectacular, thus, you can see why it is a military advantage point.
Our next stop is a new one for me. Mt. Carmel is where Elijah and the Priest of Baal had their standoff. Elijah challenged them to call fire from heaven. When they failed, he had them douse the alter with water before he called fire down. The fire consumed the wood as well as the altar itself.
To my dismay we didn’t find much to see up there except for a nice view of the sunset.
Dinner and Our Hostel
We stopped for dinner on our way to Karei Deshe. It is a little steakhouse just west of Karei Deshe and the English translation of its name is Angus.
I ordered lamb chops. It is the first time I’ve had lamb (that wasn’t ground) in Israel. I know that seems strange, but it is expensive here.
We checked in to our rooms at the Hi Kerei Deshe Hostel. It’s a nice place. Furthermore, my room can sleep four! That’s a bit of an overkill, of course.