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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

Pool of Siloam Discovered

, this pool is one of the top ten archaeological discoveries related to the Bible. According to the Biblical Archaeology Review, “Traditionally, the site was believed to be the pool and church that were built by the Byzantine empress Eudocia… [More]

Elias Chacour’s "Blood Brothers"

Elias Chacour’s "Blood Brothers"

In previous tours I’ve been privileged to hear Abuna (Father) Elias Chacour speak to my groups. Now that he has been appointed Archbishop of the Melkite Church, he doesn’t have as much time to greet groups as he did in… [More]

Climbing Mt. Sinai

A Canadian Mennonite University Study Tour April 26 – May 17, 2012 Article source: http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com/2009/11/climbing-mt-sinai.html