Friday, March 16, 2012

Sea of Galilee~Kursy~Day 6

Welcome to Kursy.
...aka. Gergessa...
...aka. Land of the Gadarenes.
...aka....joke, joke!

See that rock cliff looking area up there on the mountainside?
That is where a temple once was.
There were also ancient tombs up on that mountainside.
...and speaking of tombs...

"When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 'What do you want with us, Son of God?' they shouted. 'Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?' Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, 'If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.' He said to them, 'Go!' So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Matt 8: 28-32"

THIS is where that happened.

I know that in the story it says that the pigs "rushed down the steep bank." The picture below doesn't exactly look steep, but it was a decent hike to get up to the point at which we were standing. In fact, you can imagine that pigs could have gained some serious momentum traveling down to the sea from there!

The tile work in the temple below was amazing!

This was a pretty impressive find! The national park was sort of off the beaten path compared to the rest of the places we stopped, which were right on the sea. But THIS park was manned by a guy who was packin' heat! Yes. By that, I mean that he had a gun.
You heard me.
The attendant who charged us to get into this park had a gun shoved in the back of his pants.
That being said, let's shoot on over to Kibbutz En Gev!
Okay, cheesy, I know...I couldn't help myself.

Granted, we were only in Israel for ten days, which is probably not enough time to fully understand the concept of a Kibbutz, but I will now try to explain to you what a Kibbutz is through my limited understanding. Brace yourselves.

Kibbutzes are small communities that are self sustaining. The people of these communities all work for the common good. Most of them are farming communities, so you'll see tons of date palms and other crops all over the place in Israel. The people of these "towns" all make the same wages and live by the same standards. Yes, it sounds relatively Socialistic. Maybe it is, but they are pretty phenomenal to see in action! Kibbutz En Gev is a well sustained Kibbutz because of their famous "FISH RESTAURANT." The founder of the restaurant actually worked as a banana farmer. He would keep his kitchen hot and his fish ready, and when he'd see a tourist boat heading for the Kibbutz, he'd drop all things banana related, run down to the shore and sell the tourists fresh "St. Peter's fish"! Kibbutz En Gev became very well known for this man's fantastic fish (You'll see why below)!

Below is a video of the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. You'll have to hit pause on my music box before you hit play.

Example of an "old school" fishing boat.

Fish Restaurant-yeah...this Kibbutz isn't all!

Oh, dear me...this Falafel was to DIE for!

Ladies and Gentlemen...

St. Peter's Fish.

YARDENIT: Baptism on the Jordan

If you're going to Israel to be baptized in the Jordan, this is where you will likely go these days, and although it may not be where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, it's pretty neat to think about Jesus being baptized in this same river!

Give yourself a pat on the back!
You made it around the Sea of Galilee!
But don't get too cocky now! What you just did in four days, we did in ONE!
It was a whirlwind, and a VERY long day, but it was amazing!

I'm going to take you to the DEAD SEA!!!

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