Sent: Monday, June 2, 2008 7:51 AM|
Subject: Pool of Bethesda & Ein Kerem
On Tuesday, May 20th, I gave a friend a tour in the Old City. One of the places that we saw was where the pools of Bethesda might have been. The pools that are there have been covered over. There are also ruins there, one of which is from a Roman temple, another was a Byzantine Basilica, and the most conspicuous ruin was a Crusader chapel. St. Anne’s Church is nearby. The acoustics inside are amazing. Singing causes the building to resonate. That was my favorite part of that site.
On Friday, May 23rd, I went with four others on a tour with Dr. Pedersen to the village of Ein Kerem. We took the bus to Hadassah Hospital on the west side of Jerusalem. From there we walked down the side of the hill and across to the village. A little way into the village we stopped at Mary’s Spring. There were kids climbing in the tunnel where the water came out. Unfortunately the water isn’t drinkable.
Moving on, we came to the church of St. John BaHarim, which translates to St. John in the Mountains. This was supposed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. After seeing the church we visited the Word of Life Ministry. They showed us around their building and gave us some food to eat. It was very pleasant visiting with them. Leaving there, we waited quite a while for a bus back to Jerusalem. It was a very nice trip.
I hope all is well,