Israel Day 7

0800 bus to garden tomb where the protestants believe he was buried
the cliff looks like a skull, this area was a common place for crucifixion, and this intersection would have been a high traffic area
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimithea-took Jesus into the garden's tomb, there's a jewish tomb dated to the 1st century discovered in 1867. it was common to build a window in a tomb to let the soul escape after three days of death
Found the largest winepress in Israel here
Found a large man made cistern that can hold up to 1 million liters of water
Mark 16:5 The angel was on the right side just like it the tomb is built into the right side of the tomb
Jesus here taught us how to live and it's a promise he will walk with us after death, I Cor 15
The resurrection story- nobody argued at that time about the fact that there was an empty tomb, that was obvious. All the arguments were about why the tomb was empty. There are more reasons to believe in the resurrection than to believe there was a man named Julius Caesar.
Matthew 28, read whole chapter and our challenge is vs. 18-20
The ascension confirmed the teaching "I go to prepare a place for you.
10:10am bus to Jericho
Jericho is A territory so that means it is under Palestinian control, 90% muslims and 10% Christians
known for place of the sycamore tree Zacheeus used, also for hebron glass which was found from a sudden blast of heat (thought to be a meteor) around Jericho which is not thought to be Sodom and Gomorrah
Elisha Spring Fountain which is a water source of the city
Jericho tel-Tell es-Sultan
Jericho is an oasis in the middle of the desert.
two main roads cross here making a safe place for convoys to stop back in older times
Mt.Nebo where Moses died and Joshua took over
Joshua 2:8, 6:1-27
vs10 "we" The whole city knows and could've responded like Rahab 
Jericho is the oldest city in the world (or the first city built) and is thought to be up to 8,000 years old
Joshua 3:15 suggests an attack in the middle of harvest and they found pots of grain that correlate to the biblical timing
One myth suggests Joshua came here after city was destroyed
Trying to date the area is pretty loose so it's hard to say with science
The curse on Jericho is thought to be shistosomiasis a water parasite that caused infertility and miscarriages among many other things. Recently a snail was discovered that had this disease
II Kings 2:19 shows water problem causing the barren earth if you look into various translations and original meanings. Other translations seem to point to the fact that the water was causing the infertility
Joshua 6,7:12
New research shows the area south of here is where Sodom and Gomorrah were and thought that a meteor created the instant heat, destroying the city, causing all the pottery to turn to glass (which is now called hebron glass)
Luke 19:1-10 Jesus would've been farther south into the city than here (story of Zacheeus)
Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus' temptation on mountain in the distance where a monastery has been built
1pm bus to lunch at Qumran
Qumran Museum-Yahad community (Sons of Light) 's shepherd discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls . Claimed Yaffa was the one God and lived very similar to monks. The original caves below the water level during a flood will disappear as time goes but the caves above will stay constant (the original was found in a cave below)
continued traveling to the Dead Sea
bus through Engedi Nature Preserve where we could see ibex (like deer, but oh so much cuter)