Sunday, April 17, 2011

The New Gospel Trail: Nazareth to Capernaum

On Thursday a "Gospel Trail" opened in Israel. Apparently, gospel quotations are posted at various points along the way. Wonder which translation?

And they rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them, went his way." (Luke 4: 29-30)

The main portion of the route
 will start in Nazareth on Mount Precipice and end in Capernaum. The secondary paths will be shorter, branching off from the main route to attractive sites in the Galilee. From Mount Precipice the route takes you along the Nazareth Range, where you can see the landscapes of Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration, Kafr Kanna and the Turan Valley, via the Golani Junction and the Horns of Hattin, site of the clash between the Crusader forces and the Muslim armies under Saladin.
The route will then descend down the Arbel cliffs in the direction of the Sea of Galilee, until reaching Migdal and the antiquities of ancient Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. From Magdala, the route will continue northward along the Sea of Galilee to the holy triangle – Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum, and down the length of the Sea of Galilee on the promenade, taking in the magnificent views, until we reach our final destination – Capernaum churches, National Park and dock.
Of course, there are many ways to journey with Jesus. Today, being Palm (or Passion) Sunday, many will join the procession of palms echoing Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. 

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