Dome on the Rock

Tuesday 25th March

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The Feast of the Annunciation
Phew! We’ve spent a lot of time in the minibus today covering the miles between Jerusalem and Galilee. It was frustrating to see so much go by through the windows and not be able to dwell a little longer.

  • The Judaean wilderness was green today. Apparently it rained last week. It will be brown again soon.
  • Agriculture across the West Bank seems to thrive albeit with a much lower level of technology, mechanisation and irrigation than we see in areas under Israeli control. The West Bank is not just a waste land.
  • We crossed the Jordan several times. It was in full flow we were told. I can’t understand why Joshua had so much trouble crossing back over it after Moses died because it looked an easy jump.
  • The Bedouin camps were not as attractive as a film about the Arabian Knights had led me to expect – mainly made up of sticks and plastic sheeting.
  • There was indeed a sycamore tree in Jericho but I can’t be sure it was the same one Zacchaeus climbed.
  • The mine-field boundary of the West Bank was shocking.
  • The Golan Heights were pleasant.

Galilee was a beautiful spot – why did Jesus leave to come to Jerusalem?

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Tim Stratford

Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford Dean of Chester

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