Sunday, September 23, 2012

In the Footsteps of Moses


This morning we went to  Madaba, where we went to the Church of St. George. The place is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large sixth-century mosaic map of Palestine and the Nile delta. This map marks some sites which later got lost and buried, and it has helped archaeologists determine where the original places were located. One of these is Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized.

From Madaba we traversed to Mount Nebo. From there we could see Jericho and Jerusalem from Moab, home of Ruth, and get a sense of how far she and Naomi walked. At sunset we were looking out on the Dead Sea, and we had dinner overlooking the water.

Disclosure: The Jordan Tourism Board is covering most of the expenses for this trip, though it exercises no influence over what we say or write about it.

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