Israel Trip (Photos)

About two years ago, my parents had the opportunity to take a study tour of Israel. And about two years ago my parents decided to send me instead of themselves. Therefore, I offer a big thanks to them for providing me with this opportunity. And I’d like to ‘dedicate’ this post to them.


I spent the past 10-11 days on a study tour in Israel. We visited an unbelievable amount of locations (more than are represented in the photos here); and I took a enormous amount of photos (around 1,250!). I’d like to share an incredibly narrowed down selection of those photos. The following are some of my amateur iPhone shots that I took throughout the trip. Enjoy!

**Click on photos for larger images.

 Jerusalem Area

Mount of Olives from Mount Scopus.

Mount of Olives (left) and Jerusalem (right) from Mount Scopus.

Mount of Olives.

View of the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem.

Jewish tombs on the Mount of Olives.

Jewish tombs on the Mount of Olives.

Gethsemane

Gethsemane.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

Jerusalem sunset.

Jerusalem sunset.

Damascus Gate (Jerusalem).

Damascus Gate (Jerusalem).

North wall of Jerusalem.

North wall of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem from Kidron Valley.

East wall of Jerusalem from the Kidron Valley.

East gate of Jerusalem.

East gate of Jerusalem.

South wall of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque.

South wall of Jerusalem with the Al-Aqsa mosque.

This man approached us during our tour. As you can see, he had a human scull which he had retrieve from a muslim grave near Jerusalem wall.

This man approached us during our tour as we walked along the east wall. As you can see, he had a human scull which he had retrieved from a muslim grave near the wall.

Excavations South of Jerusalem. Known as "the filling." Fills the valley that runs through the city, between Mount Moriah and Zion.

Excavations south of Jerusalem. It is known as “the filling” seeing it fills in the valley that runs through the city, between Mount Moriah and Mount Zion.

View of Jerusalem from Israeli quarter.

View of Jerusalem from the Israeli quarter of Jerusalem.

Ancient gate (Jerusalem).

Ancient gate in Jerusalem (and our guide).

Inside Jerusalem (Dome of the Rock).

Inside Jerusalem (with view of the Dome of the Rock).

Wailing wall.

Wailing wall (western wall of the temple mount).

Officers in Jerusalem.

Army officers in Jerusalem.

Soliders in Jerusalem.

Army officers in Jerusalem.

Shops in Jerusalem.

Shops in Jerusalem.

Location of the pool of bethesda.

Location of the Pools of Bethesda – Where Christ healed a lame man.

Ruins of the pol of Bethesda.

Ruins of the Pools of Bethesda.

Location of Lord's Supper.

Location of the Last Supper.

Caiaphas' court.

Ruins of Caiaphas’ court – Where Christ was examined.

Broader Judah Area

Panoramic capturing the 'lowlands' from the Mediterranean to the hill country in the East towards the Jordan River.

Panoramic capturing the ‘lowlands’ from the Mediterranean to the hill country in the East towards the Jordan River.

Bethlehem.

Bethlehem.

Ramah (not to be confused with various other Ramahs). Place of Samuel's burial.

Ramah (not to be confused with various other Ramahs). Place of Samuel’s burial.

Gibeon.

Gibeon (photo taken from the Ramah mentioned above).

Road to Emmaus (Luke 24).

Road to Emmaus (Luke 24).

Beit Shemesh. A panoramic shot of the way the Ark of the Covenant travelled as it moved from Philistine land (left) to Beit Shemesh (rocks on far right).

Beit Shemesh – A panoramic shot of the way the Ark of the Covenant travelled (1 Sam 6) as it moved from Philistine land (left) to Beit Shemesh (rocks on far right).

Elah Valley (location of the fight between David and Goliath).

Elah Valley – Location of the fight between David and Goliath (photo was taken from the side of what was the Philistine’s camp).

Valley in which Jonathan and his armor bearer fought the Philistines in 1 Samuel 14.

Valley in which Jonathan and his armor bearer fought the Philistines in 1 Samuel 14.

Herodian ruins.

Herodian ruins.

Herodian ruins.

Herodian ruins.

Judean Wilderness and Dead Sea Area

Judean wilderness.

Judean wilderness.

Judean wilderness.

Judean wilderness.

Judean wilderness.

Judean wilderness.

Qumran - Location of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Qumran – Location of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

View of the Dead Sea from Qumran ruins.

View of the Dead Sea from Qumran ruins.

Land mine warning sign (common in various parts of Israel).

Land mine warning signs (common in various parts of Israel).

Jordan River (photo taken near the Dead Sea).

Jordan River (photo taken near the Dead Sea).

Caves at Ein Gedi - Where David could have hid from Saul.

Caves at Ein Gedi – Where David hid from Saul.

Ein Gedi.

Ein Gedi.

Ein Gedi.

Ein Gedi.

Dead Sea from Ein Gedi.

Dead Sea from Ein Gedi.

View of the Dead Sea from Masada.

View of the Dead Sea from Masada.

View from Masada (Roman siege station on the left).

View from Masada (Roman siege station on the left).

Samaria and Western Israel Area

Place where the tabernacle was located in Shiloh.

Place where the tabernacle was located in Shiloh.

Mount Ebal (across), Shechem (see ruins in the valley between the two mountains), Sychar (top right) from the view of Mount Gerizim. This is where Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (bottom right). This is the location of Joseph's tomb. And from Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim the Israelites proclaimed the blessings and curses of the Mosaic Covenant.

Mount Ebal (across), Shechem (see ruins in the valley between the two mountains), Sychar (top right) from the view of Mount Gerizim. This is where Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (bottom right). This is the location of Joseph’s tomb. And from Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim the Israelites proclaimed the blessings and curses of the Mosaic Covenant.

We ran out of gas in Samaria. And then we nearly couldn't get the gas pump to work because the Sabbath was starting and the gas pump was closed. We had to call the gas company to have them turn the pump on.

We ran out of gas in Samaria. And then we nearly couldn’t get the gas pump to work because the Sabbath was starting; and the gas pump was closed. We had to call the gas company to have them turn the pump on.

Megiddo ruins.

Megiddo (aka Armageddon) ruins.

View of the Jezreel Valley from Megiddo.

View of the Jezreel Valley from Megiddo.

Mediterranean Sea.

Mediterranean Sea.

Ancient aqueduct in Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea.

Ancient aqueduct in Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea.

Ruins of Caesarea.

Ruins of Caesarea.

Chariot racing and gladiatorial arena in Caesarea.

Chariot racing and gladiatorial arena in Caesarea.

Herod the Great's palace ruins in Caesarea.

Herod the Great’s palace ruins in Caesarea.

Sea of Galilee Area

Rules for entering Capernaum (various locations throughout Israel had 'dress codes').

Rules for entering Capernaum (various locations throughout Israel had ‘dress codes’).

Capernaum ruins.

Capernaum ruins.

Capernaum synagogue ruins.

Capernaum synagogue ruins.

Sea of Galilee.

Sea of Galilee.

Sea of Galilee.

Sea of Galilee.

Fisherman on Sea of Galilee.

Fisherman on Sea of Galilee.

'Mount of Beatitudes' (left) and the Sea of Galilee.

‘Mount of Beatitudes’ (left) and the Sea of Galilee.

Corizim ruins.

Corizim ruins.

Our guide doing whatever he wants (sign reads, "Do not climb"). In Chorazim.

Our guide, Arie Bar David (aka R.E.A.), doing whatever he wants (sign reads, “Do not climb”). In Chorazim.

Northern Israel Area

Tel Dan ruins.

Tel Dan ruins.

Idolatrous altar at Dan.

Idolatrous altar at Dan.

Hasbany River in Dan.

Hasbany River in Dan.

Caesarea Philippi.

Caesarea Philippi.

Mount Hermon - Traditional site of Gen 15; possible location of the 'Mount of Transfiguration.'

Mount Hermon – Traditional site of Gen 15; possible location of the ‘Mount of Transfiguration.’

Golan Heights.

Golan Heights.

Golan Heights.

Golan Heights.

Golan Heights.

Golan Heights.

Miscellaneous

Camel.

Camel (taken near the Dead Sea).

Ritual bath (seen while walking the 'Road to Emmaus').

Ritual bath (seen while walking the ‘Road to Emmaus’).

Seat of Moses (in ruins of synagogue in Chorazim).

‘Seat of Moses’ (in ruins of synagogue in Chorazim).

Threshing floor.

Threshing floor.

Vineyard.

Vineyard.

Larger winepress with smaller winepresses added later (seen in Shechem).

Larger winepress with smaller winepresses added later (seen in Shiloh).

Small winepress.

Small winepress.

Judgment seat (in Dan).

Judgment seat (in Dan).

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2 thoughts on “Israel Trip (Photos)

  1. Thanks son. Now go and continue to serve our Lord with heart filled with passion for our Great God and the teaching of His Word. We love you.

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