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City of David: Archaeology is Political

City of David: Archaeology is Political

The tires were slashed and windows smashed in the small Suzuki four wheel drive vehicle we were driving. I was with an Italian friend of mine. It was his car. It had blue West Bank license plates, so we thought… [More]

Church of the Nativity

Church of the Nativity

What I like most about visiting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is not seeing “the star” in the floor of the grotto that supposedly “marks the spot” where Jesus was born. It’s being in a place where followers… [More]

NOVA: The Bible’s Buried Secrets

NOVA: The Bible’s Buried Secrets

Every tour group to the Holy Land, unless it is a short ten day tour, runs the risk of experiencing archaeological site fatigue. My guide, Khalil, happens to love ancient water systems. After the sixth or so water system some… [More]

Annunciation Goes Global in Nazareth

Annunciation Goes Global in Nazareth

I’ve always marveled at the mosaics in the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. They tell us in visual language the biblical story of the angel Gabriel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary Luke 1:26-38. Hearing the gospel reading in… [More]

When Was Jesus Born?

When Was Jesus Born?

Photo Tamer Shabaneh. The other day I was listening to the The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas CD (Go Tell it On the Mountain). The song “When Was Jesus Born” struck me as worth commenting on during Advent (please do… [More]

King Herod in Bethlehem and Beyond

King Herod in Bethlehem and Beyond

Thinking about Bethlehem during Advent reminds us of King Herod, whose tomb was discovered in 2007 just outside the city at the fortress called Herodium. I was pleased to be able to see it for the first time when I… [More]

Banksy in Bethlehem

Banksy in Bethlehem

The first time I entered Bethlehem after the separation barrier had been built, I felt as though I were imprisoned. Unless one stays inside an air-conditioned bus, the massive guard tower and the eight meter high wall (see the photo… [More]

Sinai: A Separate Peace

Sinai: A Separate Peace

The March 2009 issue of National Geographic has a fine article: “Sinai: A Separate Peace.” Amid a sea of conflict, the Sinai offers pleasure, spiritual refuge, and—potentially—harmony. Here’s a paragraph to whet your appetite for reading the whole article. “For… [More]

Approaching Bethlehem in Advent

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/12/approaching-bethlehem-advent-20009.html

Who Owns the Holy Land?

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/12/who-owns-holy-land.html