Daily Archives: May 14, 2010

Friday in lower Galilee

Today we drove from Tiberias past the Horns of Hattin, a site where the Crusaders thought Jesus spoke the beatitudes, through the Bet Netofa Valley to Sepphoris.

Sepphoris is an interesting site with a history dating from the Iron Age to modern times. The site has seen a considerable amount of archaeological excavation. Much of the work has been under the direction of my Temple Terrace neighbor, Dr. James Strange of the University of South Florida.

When I asked Elizabeth to select today’s photo, she picked the one I made of the Bet Netofa valley from atop the fortress at Sepphoris. This valley served as a main travel route from Nazareth, Sepphoris, Yodfat, and Cana to the cities around the Sea of Galilee. We think that Jesus must have used this route as he traveled from Nazareth to Capernaum.

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee.  (Luke 4:31a ESV)

Across the valley to the north is the location of Yodfat, the home of Josephus, and Khirbet Kanna, thought to be the site of Cana of Galilee (John 2). Click on the photo for a larger image.

View of the Bet Notofa Valley north of Zepphoris. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

View of the Bet Netofa Valley north of Zepphoris. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We also visited Bethlehem of Galilee, a McDonald’s, and made some photos of Tel Megiddo before returning to our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Gailiee.

After dinner we sat for a while on the deck overlooking the sea. The Sea of Galilee is located in a rift nearly 700 feet below sea level. The heat can be oppressive during the day in this basin. In the evening a pleasant breeze flows in the area; it can even feel cool. I thought of the Biblical text that speaks of Jesus healing the sick and oppressed after sunset.

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. (Mark 1:32 ESV)

The Scriptures are amazing, aren’t they. The Book and the Land blend together to reveal a wonderful harmony and a magnificent Savior.