ISRAEL PHOTOS III -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL
WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY
JESUS TEACHING ON THE MOUNTAIN
According to the testimony in John 6 Jesus and his disciples had gone to the other side of the lake and went up a mountain and sat down with his disciples. In Matthew 14 and Luke 9 the crowds had seen Jesus and his disciples going across the lake in a boat and followed on foot. In Mark 6 some of the people saw where Jesus was going in a boat with his disciples and got there ahead of him. Jesus was in a boat equipped with sails that would have been visible from a distance. His course would have indicated his probable destination.
This ridge in the photo above extended from the Tzelon/Zelon Beach in the south to Ramot/Kinnar Beach almost two kilometers to the north.
This amphitheater shaped ravine above Tzelon Beach may have seated thousands. Sound traveled through a hollow without being diminished. The crowd was sitting on the green grass (Mark 6), about the time of the Passover (John 6).
Ramot and Tzelon photos
This is the reconstructed theater at Caesarea Maritima south of Haipha. I was reading the tourist pamphlet describing the site and learned this theater seated 4000 people.; Caesarea was founded by Herod during Roman times as he disliked the harbor at Joppa (Yafo).
Mark 6:34 (WEB) 34 Jesus came out, saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things. 35 When it was late in the day, his disciples came to him, and said, “This place is deserted, and it is late in the day. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages, and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They asked him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread, and give them something to eat?” 38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go see.” When they knew, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 He commanded them that everyone should sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke the loaves, and he gave to his disciples to set before them, and he divided the two fish among them all.
As the sky darkened, Jesus sent his disciples away in a boat and went up on a mountain to hide from those seeking to take him and force him to be king according to their terms.
This is the view from the W. Capernaum boat landing. The view is across to the mountains of the Golan. The edge of the Bethsaida, Jordan River delta/plain is seen along the upper left shore. Numerous streams deposited sediment on the plain as they meandered toward the lake.
This is the view from the parking lot at Capernaum. To the left of the notch was where the plain some called Ginosar intersected the slope of the cliffs below Arbel.
Parable of the Mustard Seed
A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue
The Fig Tree
Mt of Olives Fig Tree, April 12-13, 2005
Fig and Pomegranite Trees Below Siloam in Jerusalem
Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
The Olive Harvest of Samaria
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Caves and/or Tombs
Steep Slope Near Kursi
Feeding the 5,000
On the Mountain
Walking on Water
The Pools of Bethesda in Jerusalem
Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
Overlook to Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
Grape Vines at Beth Horan
Over the edge
View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
The Basilica of the Annunciation
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
Casting Out a Demon
The Road to Jericho
Old Roman Road
Wilderness Above Jericho
Gethsemane and the Cave of Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Solar Power in Israel
Salt of the earth
OTHER WEB SITES BY DAVID HALL:
Israel Photos VI
Israel Photos V -- Spring 2011
Israel Photos IV -- Pilgrimage