Business Understandably, Israel is the historical land of all Christian believers. The country that Christ grew up around also contains many sites and scenes that influenced the world that He walked through and changed forever. From Bethlehem to Nazareth, Israel is ripe with scenes that have the potential to fulfill the beliefs and understanding of any Christian faith. Bethlehem, known as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, is also known as the place that Christs birth was foretold. An area east of Bethlehem is regarded as the place that the shepherds had been visited by an angel, and told of the .ing of the King of Kings. Several churches have been built in this area .memorating the event, and today shepherds still watch their flocks in the fields! The Church of the Nativity Bethlehem is also the home to numerous historical churches that Christian pilgrims can visit at their leisure. The Church of the Nativity is one such place, as it marks the area that Jesus was believed to have been born, as told in the Gospels of Mathew and Luke. The Church of the Nativity was .missioned in the 4th century by Constantine and his mother St. Helena, to be built over the cave that was believed to have been the manger where Jesus was laid in the manger. There is a beautiful silver marker that displays the area that displays the exact site of the Nativity. St Catherine’s Church St. Catherines Churchs contains an active Franciscan monastery, as well as a modern statue of St. Jerome, and the faade is topped with a statue of St. Catherine. Within the historic caves are the Chapel of Innocents which contains that tombs of infants slain by Herod the Great (Matt. 2:16) and a Chapel of Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary, Jesus Mother. There is also the Tomb of Saint Jerome, a church father from Rome who translated the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate). Jerome is also believed to have written and worked on his translations in this area. Jerusalem Another well-known city of Israel is Jerusalem, which holds an immense amount of history to the Believer. The walled city built on a hill has over 5000 years of history to all three of the major world religions, and is widely recognized as the city that Jesus death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, three days later, occured. The city boasts a grand collection of museums, city scenes, and archeological importance. The Bible Lands Museum The Bible Lands Museum houses an amazing assortment of ancient artifacts that reflect the various cultures that influenced the world during biblical times. Opening in 1992, the museum displays exhibits chronologically. Items from around the same periods are displayed side by side and reflect the ever changing cultures of those periods and how the different cultures influenced one another. Church of the Holy Sepulcher Also of note in Jerusalem is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Keniset el-Kiyaneh), known as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians. Standing on a site that includes Golgotha (Calvary) where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulcher) where Jesus was buried, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been the most important holy site to Christians since the 4th century. Sea of Galilee The Sea of Galilee is yet another site for the Christian visitor to see while in Israel. While the sea, itself, has a great historical significance with Jesus teaching His disciples about faith and trusting in the Lord, the cities surrounding the sea are also of great historical importance. Nazareth One other destination of note is Nazareth, a town in northern Israel. About 80 miles north of Jerusalem. Nazareths population is about half Arab Muslim and half Arab Christian. Basilica of the Annunciation Nazareth was the hometown of Jesus and is considered one of the most important Christian sites in the Holy Land. One of the many important sites in Nazareth to see is the Basilica of the Annunciation (which stands over the area where Gabriel was said to have announced Jesus birth to Mary), which was built over Crusade and Byzantine foundations. The Church of St. Gabriel Another recognized site is The Church of St. Gabriel. According to Orthodox tradition, Mary was first visited by the angel Gabriel while fetching water from the well. The Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel was built in an area over the spring that also fed Marys well. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: