Trip Itinerary: Day 3
Day 3: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Breakfast at the hotel
“Galilee and Golan; Miracles and Borders”
Towering above the Sea of Galilee and offering a magnificent view of that shimmering blue lake, sits the Mount of Beatitudes. In an area overlooking the Sea, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain on the area in which Jesus picked his 12 apostles. In the late 1930’s, architect Antonio Barluzzi built a graceful gray-and-white stone sanctuary on the mountaintop. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes, each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses. Lovely grounds provide a pastoral atmosphere in which it seems only natural to meditate, pray or sing.
Continue to Tabgha – (Time Permitting)
Tabgha is the traditional site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes. (Matt. 14: 13-21). Christians of the early Byzantine period built monasteries, churches and shrines in Galilee and on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to commemorate the ministry of Jesus and the miracles ascribed to him. The earliest building at Tabgha was a small chapel from the 4th century CE; during the fifth century, a large monastery and a church decorated with exquisite mosaic floors was built on the site. The monastery and church at Tabgha were destroyed in the 7th century. In the 1980s, the church was excavated and restored to its Byzantine form, incorporating portions of the original mosaics.
Proceed to Kfar Nahum
Located on the northern shore of the Kinneret, Capernaum, or Kfar Nahum, was a fishing village in the days of the Second Temple. We can still visit a well preserved synagogue. Today, it is a site of pilgrimage for Christians, as it was one of the places where Jesus, Peter and the Apostles lived and preached.
Boat ride from Kfar Nahum to Ginosar - (weather permitting) Reflection Session
See the 2,000-year-old "Jesus Boat" excavated 13 years ago on the shores of Lake Kinneret. It was an astonishing emergence from the tomb of a vessel that may have plied the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Jesus' time. The boat's bottom was nearly flat, permitting it to be used for fishing close to the shore. The net kept on the large stern deck would have been dropped into shallow waters and then pulled ashore by ropes attached to it. The shallow-draft design was similar to that employed by pirate ships in the Mediterranean which could escape pursuit by larger craft and be easily beached. The completed boat was smeared with pitch brought from the Dead Sea, the nearest source. A square sail was provided on the single mast, but the boat could also be rowed - the four rowers sitting in staggered order. Stripped in a boat graveyard of its mast, its deck and other usable parts, the hull was pushed out into the lake where it sank into a time warp. It was swiftly covered by mud which prevented bacteria from eating away at the wood. Surfacing 2,000 years later, it was threatened with rapid disintegration if its waterlogged cells dried out. The vessel had to be inserted into a chemical bath for seven years before it could be exposed to air once again.
Visit and Lunch at Kibbutz Ginosar including a short tour of the kibbutz
Visit Mount (Har) Ben Tal, in order to understand the strategic location of this region and see the panoramic view of Syria, Lebanon and northeastern Israel together with Colonel (in Reserves), former Northern Brigade Commander Kobi Marom. Marom will provide a briefing on the strategic significance of the Golan Heights and the northern borders.
Proceed to Tiberias
Dinner at the hotel
"The Middle East: A Strategic Overview" with Avi Melamed, former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs and an Expert on Israel, the Middle East and the Arab World.
Overnight: Galei Kineret hotel, Tiberias