North to Galilee

We left Bethlehem this morning and went to Qumran. After seeing the sights there for a little while we had lunch in Jericho. Jericho is the lowest city on earth, and perhaps the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth. And they make good falafel.

After lunch we made our way up into Galilee and finally into Nazareth. We went to the Church of the Annunciation and were given a special tour of the museum there. This church is perhaps the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It is an incredible blend of ancient and modern.¬†Within that church is the site at which the incarnation is said to have taken place. There is an altar table there with the inscription “Verbum caro hic factum est,” or “Here the word became flesh.”

Tomorrow we go out the Sea of Galilee first thing in the morning. Everyone is feeling a bit tired, but the trip has been a great experience.