Jaboc, Nebo,Gadora, Jerash, Masada, Qumran Monast

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End Jan 13, 2013

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Regency Palace, Amman

Flag of Jordan  , Jerash,
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gen. 32
Amman (amuse), Jordan-1st stop. Esau lives here Gilliad  mountains.
Jacob sends gifts in caravan across holy Jabboc River (city of Zecar in today's map) A river of 3: Jordan, Gerac.) sends gifts ahead of himself, to please Esau. Here at this river (dream w angel of Lord (Jesus) hurts his hip in wrestle w God,) Located in Eneal Mountain & here, God names him "Israel." Then Jacob goes and builds well we see later where Jesus meets Samaritan women.
Gen 19 Sodom Gomora  where (dirty lake full of dead people) Dead Sea. Lowest point on earth. Below sea level.
2nd Stop-Godora-Dicapilus : Jerash ruins frm Hellenistic period. Greek city established by  Pompei. Romans preserved it. Greek city ate pig, this where Jesus cured the possessed man (spirits to pigs)
Mark 5: 1-20, Luke 8:8,26,39 (Gadorians) Matt 8:28-34
We now see Gadora  (Umcase) and (& later ride on ) Sea of  Galilee and Goland heights). John Baptist beheaded here        .
  12 cities in Jordan.  Arab custom entire family live all in 1 mansion. 3% nomads.
Petra is 3 hrs from Amman.

3rd stop- Another Decapolis city,  Jerash (Antioch) built  by Alexander Great who conquered & built it as his kingdom. We will see Headrome, different columns styles, Bizantines churches, pagan temples. Also Parables inspired from this area i.e. lost sheep, lost coin, lost son. luke 15. jerash entry : new eastern gate . for coming of Hadrian
4th stop-Masada ship-like plateau. We take cable card up to site. Here David hid frm Saul. Maccabean time/Jonathan buit a refuge a century b4 Christ. In 66 ad the 1k Jewish zealots looking for political change rebelling frm Rome. 70-73
AD, the zealots fled  for cover as Roman persecution came to slaughter them.
They made 8 camps w sisterns & food storage. They were 1k & the Romans 10k. They commit mass suicide not to be enslaved by Romans. We saw plum fig grapes on trip to Masada. Dead Sea almost empty! Source of  Water is taken for human consumption. We see in Judaen Hills (mountains) where David hid frm Saul ( we saw a long mountain range w innumerable caves.)
5th stop-Visit to Qumran monastery-the place where the scribes would copy the scrolls and bathe every time they wrote Gods name. Hid scrolls in Masada till Bedouin Shepard threw a rock & heard a crack of pottery w Dead Sea scrolls. John Baptist studied at this Jewish monastery. Will see bapistry, cave-Dead Sea scrolls  in Jerusalem.

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