Category Archives: WORD PICTURES AND THE HOLY

Selected pictures of world religion sites, which are connected to significant historical events, ritual, ethical principles, and myths.

Ramallah: The Place of God

North of Jerusalem, in the West Bank, this vibrant, hospitable city is the Administrative Capital of the Palestinian National Authority. To our sadness, on the outskirts of this city is evident the unjust socio-economic gaps resulting from the centralization of … Continue reading

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Qumran Caves: Treasures Discovered

On a dry, hot desert afternoon, a young boy went looking for a lost sheep in the Judean desert.  Not wishing to go into the dark caves, he picked up a small rock and tossed it into one of the … Continue reading

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Mount of Olives: Past and Present

Named after the olive groves that covers its slopes, this beautiful hill facing the old city of Jerusalem is recognized as a sacred setting in light of several, key Gospel episodes in the life of Jesus.  Although at the present … Continue reading

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Masada: Honor and Heroism

Built by Herod the Great, Masada was a fortress repurposed during the Jewish revolt against Roman authority. The Sicarii settled at this place after Titus’ destruction of the Second Temple.  Roman garrisons sieged the fort for months without gaining ground, due … Continue reading

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The Jordan River: Descending Waters

One of the most iconic sites in the land of Palestine, “the descender river”, flowing from The Sea of Galilee to The Dead Sea, played a significant role in some of the major narratives in the Jewish and Christian traditions. … Continue reading

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Herodion: A Symbol of Privilegie and Power

Located in a cone-shape hill near Bethlehem, we find a palace built by Herod the Great. The Herodion is believed to be the burial place of this foreign benefactor representing the interests of Roman imperialism. The Herodion was used as … Continue reading

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Hebron: Segregated Abrahamic Traditions

In the southern part of the West Bank, this Palestinian city, surrounded by Jewish settlers and military occupation, is known for being the traditional burial place for Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah (known as “the … Continue reading

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Nazareth: Humble Beginnings, Identity and Solidarity

Nazareth is located east of the Sea of Galilee and is believed to be the poor village where Jesus grew up until he became an adult.   In the NT, to distinguish him from other people who had the same … Continue reading

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Bethlehem: The House of Bread

This city is on the western bank of Palestine and has maintained a long history of suffering from conquests, up to the present.  Moreover, it is the acclaimed birthplace of King David, a significant figure in Hebrew Scriptures, as well … Continue reading

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Al-Ḥaram al-Šarīf: The Noble Santuary

Sitting on the summit of a hill in the old city of Jerusalem, and also known as the Dome of the Rock or the Temple Mount, this majestic house of prayer is one of the most venerated  places for Islam. … Continue reading

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