Today began with a trip into the “west bank” to Bethlehem to visit several sites including the Church of the Nativity, an Orthodox Church built on what they believe is the site of Jesus’ birth. The church is an incredibly beautiful structure with loads of history.
More important to me was a visit to the very chamber where Jerome worked to translate the Scriptures from Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek into what is known as the Latin Vulgate, a very important manuscript which undergirds our modern Bible translations.
We did a bit of shopping in Bethlehem and then made our way back to Jerusalem, past some of the ancient gates into the old city and up the Mount of Olives where we could see most of the old city of Jerusalem, including the site where the Herodian Temple stood in Jesus’ day.
The highlight of the day was our visit to the Pool of Bethesda, a major archeological site which is still being studied. We actually viewed part of the pool where Jesus healed the invalid man which is described in the Gospel of John, chapter 5. We were awed to know that we stood in a place where Jesus displayed His divine power over disease.
Tomorrow, we will spend the entire day exploring the old city of Jerusalem, including Hezekiah’s water tunnel.
Pastor Steve and Mary