Visiting the “Holy of Holies”

A few weeks ago, I had a very rare opportunity.  I was able to go inside the Dome of the Rock to see the place where the Holy of Holies of the Temple once stood.  For those not familiar with the background, let me provide a very brief (and incomplete) background.  If you know the …

Four Days in Northern Israel

All incoming students at JUC are required to take “Physical Settings of the Bible.”  This is classified as a geography course, yet the content is much richer than simply studying the geography of the land of Israel.  The course covers the features of the of the land of the Bible with an emphasis on how …

Celebrating God’s Word

Yesterday capped the end of the High Holy Days celebrations.  As one of my professors said, “The Holidays were great, but it’s great that they were!” (it sounds better in Hebrew). After the 8-day festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), comes Simchat Torah–“The Joy of the Torah.” The Torah (first five books of the Old …

Jerusalem Holy Sites: The Aremenian Quarter

The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters:  the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter.  Each of these quarters has a unique vibe and personality.  On top of that, each of them has their own holy site.

I am trying to get around to each of them to shoot a short video.

Here is my first attempt.  This is probably the least recognized of all four holy sites in Jerusalem:  the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle.

Explorations in and around Jerusalem

The weekends provide plenty of opportunities to explore the area.  These two photo galleries show a taste of the diversity to be found within an hour from Jerusalem. The Mahane Yehuda Market Just a few light rail stops from the Old City is the Mahane Yehuda Market.  Commonly known as “The Shuk”, this market boasts …

The 70 Faces of Scripture

The first two weeks of classes are in the books!  One of my professors observed that most of us were probably going through “Syllabus Shock” the first week.  I like that term.  It’s a pretty good description of what the first few days felt like.  Now things seem to be settling down a bit and …

Images of Jerusalem