Adventures in Israel (3)

Dead Sea Scrolls was in Qunram, which became one of the most important archeological discoveries in the 20th Century! This discovery shocked the world and improved the accuracy of when the earliest Bible was stored — even before Jesus was born. The scrolls were completely in pieces when they were discovered, some were burnt into ashes, and they took tens of archeologists more than tens of years to sort out the materials — what a vast project! Even more amazingly, the Hebrew scrolls were almost the same as the version of Bible we read today. I’m sure the servants of God were almost extremely careful with their work when documenting His words.
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Synagogue in Chorazin. Chorazin has also left frequent remarks in the Bible. For example in Luke 10:13, “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.” Synagogue was like the church for Christians; it is where people gathered for a meeting.
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Bedouin tents in the desert. As a nomadic people, the Bedouins live by the side of camel in desert. They have an intimate relationship with the camels: the man in the picture built a new house in the city for his father, but his father just couldn’t get used to living in a room and decided to let the camels live there instead, while he returned to live in the tents built for camels.
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While we were listening to the tour guide talking about the history and culture of Bedouin, this man silently served tea and snacks for us. I wished to say thank you through eye contact but our eyes never met – he was just doing his job with his head bent. It felt like we were not in the same world; he probably felt like he had been constantly ignored by the tourists and would never receive attention from anyone. He probably felt like he was just an invisible person. How empty were his eyes. There are people in this world who just haven’t received the attention and respect that they truly deserve!
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Biblical garden, sponsored by a Finnish couple. This place is now a center of Biblical translation. In the WWII, 8 Jews came to Finland seeking help. The Finnish government first decided to provide protection, but was later threatened by the Nazi. These 8 Jews did not escape from a cruel slaughter, and the Finnish people built this garden to express their regret…
Wailing Wall and Temple Mount. Wailing Wall is really a place where you can see people wail. The women prayers all look like they are in griet, and some are weeping silently. There are separate spaces for men and women – men on the left side while women on the right side. The crevices of the wall were filled with small pieces of paper, which were left there by prayers. I was curious about what people would write, but it would be a sin to invade others’ privacy. It was rude to God if you walked out with your back to the wall, so you must walk backward…
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