ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

Steep Slope Above the East Lake Shore


View to the south of Kursi Christian Church and Noqeib, July 2006

The point of land at Noqeib is where the shore is steepest and the closest to the lake in this part of Galilee, however the drop off from the bank to the bottom of the lake is steeper below Kursi where the Wadi Semakh empties into the lake. Nineteenth century travelers reported this as the likely location of the story of the demoniac and the swine. See Israel Photos IV -- http://dqhall59.com/israelphotosIV/kursi.htm


View of Noqeib ridge above beach - 2005, looking back north to Kursi to right of peninsula

This steep slope between Kursi and En Gev may have appeared different two thousand years ago, as soil has washed down the slope in the meantime.

When I was a boy my father told me about lemmings. These are a type of rat that has a habit of mass hysteria. They stampeded themselves into the water and continued to swim away from the shore, then died drowning. I compared this to the testimony about the demon possessed man who explained he had a legion of demons within himself when Jesus asked him who he was. A legion was several thousand soldiers. The man was being tormented; a madman who had been restrained and had broken out of his captivity. He had been reduced to homeless wandering living in open spaces or tombs as shelter from the wind and cold of the predawn morning. Jesus healed the man. According to the story the demons left the man and forced or frightened the pigs to run into the lake. The Gospel account signified the existence of evil powers in the world and the perseverance of God to overcome the evil and to give hope to sinners. I doubt the testimony about the demon possessed man and the pigs. I do not understand the meaning of the demons leaving a man and doing damage to a herd of pigs. I am aware people did things to harm others and blamed it on demons. I am aware unexplained malicious activity was attributed to demons.

Photos of Noqeib (July 2006)



Warning sign on the cliff above lake with wind patterns visible on lake (April 2005)


Sign near Susita Beach, April 2005

The east side of the lake suffered strong winds sometimes. The west side of the lake also witnessed noisey winds, white caps and the roar of waves crashing upon shore.

Parable of the Mustard Seed
     A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
     Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
     Mustard Flowers
     Giant Mustard
     Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue
The Fig Tree
     Mt of Olives Fig Tree, April 12-13, 2005
     Fig and Pomegranite Trees Below Siloam in Jerusalem
     Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Kursi
     Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope Near Kursi
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
     On the Mountain
     Walking on Water
     Ramot-Tzelon area
Mt. Hermon
The Pools of Bethesda in Jerusalem
     Healing Pools
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook to Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
     Grape Vines at Beth Horan
     Towers
Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation
Capernaum
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Bethsaida
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
     Barbel
A Denarius
Casting Out a Demon
The Road to Jericho
     Old Roman Road
     Wilderness Above Jericho
     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
    Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias
Solar Power in Israel
Salt of the earth
Chorazin

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Israel Photos VI
Israel Photos V -- Spring 2011
Israel Photos IV -- Pilgrimage

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