Sunday 12th: Samaria / Sebaste, Shechem / Nablus, Jericho, Qumran

On the walls of ancient Samaria

On the walls of ancient Samaria

Quite a day… We knew we had an ambitious plan so we took our leave from Tiberias at 7:30am. As we entered the West Bank territory under Palestinian control, the difference was immediately obvious. We clearly had passed into a place that was under considerable economic duress. Our guide shared the history of the situation and his experiences. It is just so complicated and hard to even imagine a good solution. In any case, our trip intentionally is spending time in the West Bank for us to get a better understanding of the situation.

As for stops, we got to see Samaria (the city, later renamed Sebaste), Shechem in the heart of Nablus and located between Mounts Gerizim and Ebal. Due to closing times, we first went to Qumran, then backtracked a bit to Jericho. On to a fabulous hotel on the Dead Sea… All is good, and we are thankful.

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  1. George and Joann Baltozer

    We have been vicariously enjoying the Holy Land through your daily blogs, and we thank you sincerely for allowing time in your ever so busy schedule to post them. It was an extra treat to see Pastor Gwenn and April in one of the many beautiful photos you have included!

    May God continue to keep you in his protective care as your trip continues, and at its conclusion, bring you safely back to your homes, families and friends

    In Christian love,
    George and Joann
    Zion – Enola

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