Daily Archives: May 13, 2011

A Roman Road in Galilee

Larry Haverstock was part of our tour group in 2010 and again in 2011. He and I have been traveling in Israel for the past week. He divides his time here this year into three journeys. The two week tour was the first journey.The past week was his second journey, and the next week will be his third journey. The third journey he will be all alone to walk the Jesus Trail from Nazareth to Bethsaida. This is a five day trek.

On our way from Tiberias to Nazareth, with several other stops here and there, we stopped at the area near Golani Junction to locate the stretch of Roman road that is part of the Jesus Trail. While we were looking for the road a strong rain came. We fled to the nearby McDonald’s and then decided that the trail would be too slick to return. Later in the day we returned and found the road without difficulty.

In this photo Larry pretends that he does not understand the trail markings. I would say he is well prepared in every way.

Larry tries to figure out the traill markings. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Larry tries to figure out the trail markings. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Since ordering Hiking the Jesus Trail and Other Biblical Walks in the Galilee I have wanted to see the Roman road which is part of the Trail between Cana and Capernaum.

The Jesus Trail web site describes the Roman road:

About 100 m past Golani Junction, you will come to a ridge with the remains of an ancient Roman road that linked Acre and Tiberias.  Jesus likely used this road on his journey from Nazareht to the Sea of Galilee, as it was a major east-west thoroughfare during his time.

Exquisite roads were one of the hallmarks of the Roman Empire.  the Romans were the first to create a comprehensive system of paved roads over such a large territory.  The roads served the primary purpose of supporting military and trade development.  The road networks also facilitated the movement of ideas and technology and allowed foods, fashions and other cultural artifacts to spread. As the Internet became the “information superhighway” of the 21st century, so were Roman roads at the time of the Roman empire.

The info in the guidebook is similar. This is just an excerpt.

Here is one of the photos I made this afternoon. The view is east toward the Sea of Galilee.

Roman Road near Golani Junction. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Roman Road near Golani Junction. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Information about the Jesus Trail is available from the web site here. Info on ordering the attractive guidebook for $24.95 (postpaid many places) is available here.

In the late afternoon I dropped Larry in Nazareth about 2 blocks from where he would check in and stay for the night. After a soft drink at Tishreen restaurant near Mary’s Well we said good bye to each other. That was as close as I could get to his overnight hotel in the car. Tomorrow Larry will hike from Nazareth to Sepphoris (Zippori) and then to Cana. I understand that the hiking time for that portion of the trip takes six hours.

Hopefully we will have some reports from along the way.

In the parable of the great dinner Jesus said,

And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. (Luke 14:23 ESV)

He also speaks of being forced (by Roman soldiers?) to go a mile.

And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. (Matthew 5:41 ESV)