April 25 – Israel

Our 4th day of touring: we visited Kursi, one of the traditional sites where Jesus healed the man with the unclean spirit, saw spectacular scenery as we rode a cable car up to the Mount of Temptations, where Jesus’ temptation experience took place, and stepped along the banks of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.


Kursi

Kursi is near the Golan Heights, is the ruins of a Byzantine Christian monastery and now an Israeli national park located in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

The site is located east of the Sea of Galilee on the bank of a river bed descending from the Golan Heights. It is significant to many Christians and Jews because it has been identified by tradition as the site where Jesus healed a man with an unclean spirit (Mark 5:1-17). The ruins of the monastery were first unearthed by road construction crews, and the major excavation took place between 1971 and 1974 by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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The Dome of the Rock is located at the visual center of a platform known as the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The structure has been refurbished many times since its initial completion in 691 C.E. at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik. The site’s significance stems from religious traditions regarding the rock, known as the Foundation Stone, at its heart.


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