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Journey to Jerusalem Travelogue

Follow along as Bob tours one of the most spiritual and beautiful places on Earth. Return often to take this special journey right along with him. Photos and stories will be posted on a regular basis throughout his trip from May 30 - June 9, 2007.

May 30 - June 4





Jerusalem has been a holy city for 3,000 years for three great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In 1004 B.C. the Israelites’ King David captured the city and brought the Ark of the Convenant to Jerusalem from the previous capital, Hebron. He built his palace and declared that Jerusalem would be the new capital. Under the reign of David’s son Solomon, Jerusalem grew in importance. The House of David continued to reign for over 3 centuries. Jerusalem was captured by the King of Babylon in 586 B.C. and he sent the Jews into exile. In 540 B.C. the Jews were allowed to return and rebuild the temple. In 63 B.C. the city fell to the Roman Empire. During this period, rabbinical Judaism was developing and also brought Jesus to Jerusalem to be crucified. In approximately 325 A.D. Emperor Constantine converted the Roman Empire to Christianity and turned Jerusalem into a Christian holy city.
In 638 B.C. Caliph Omar, second successor to Muhammed, began the Muslim occupation of Jerusalem. Jerusalem continued to change hands many times over the years. Jerusalem is a city rich in faith and history.

Western Wall - Formerly called the “Wailing Wall” because Jews for centuries came here to mourn the loss of their temple. It is the holiest of Jewish sites and is the remnant of the wall that was built by King Herod, enclosing the Temple Mount, before the time of Jesus.

Street of the Chain - Residential street of medieval Islamic Jerusalem

Shrine of the Book - Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Yad VaShem Memorial - Israel’s great memorial for the millions who perished in the Holocaust.

Church of the Pater Noster - Built on the traditional site where Jesus instructed his disciples in the Lord’s Prayer. Tiles of the church are inscribed with the Lord’s Prayer in 44 languages.

Garden of Gethsemane - Courtyard where Jesus prayed the night before
his arrest.

Mount of Olives - Site of one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the world.

June 4 - 5


Dead Sea

It is the lowest point on the earth

Masada - It is a national tradition to make the ascent at least once to commemorate one of the most heroic and tragic incidents in Jewish history. Masada is a fortress built by King Herod atop a desert plateau around 30 B.C.

June 5 - 6


Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Nazareth

Galilee - Israel’s lushest and most fertile region.

Zippori - During the Talmudic era this Jewish community contained many synagogues. A 5th century synagogue with a mosaic floor is in this town.

Tiberias - Ancient town built in A.D. 18 by Herod’s son in honor of Roman emperor Tiberias. It became the great Jewish center after the Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed.

Mount of the Beatitudes - Site where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.

Zefat - Ancient and mystical town built on three slopes. Its history began in A.D. 66 as a spiritual center for Galilee. Sephardic Jews came to Zefat from Spain during the Inquisition and began the complex and mystical interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures called Kaballah.

Bar’am Synagogue - Most beautiful of all ancient synagogues in the wild mountains near the Lebanese border.

June 7

Tel Aviv

The country’s commercial and cultural center located on the Mediterranean Sea.