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Lepers, Samaritan Women and Beer

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Driving back to Jerusalem after our three days in Nazareth, we took the route through the occupied territories and their attendant checkpoints. We stopped first at Burqin, where Jesus healed the nine ungrateful lepers and the one grateful leper, remember? In the photo below, Dave Grimaldi is not reading the Greek text before him but the well worn Bible that we use at the Biblical sites we visit. Next we visited the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Photini, the woman at the well whose Jesus asked for water (woman with many husbands, remember?). Like Ann Hutchinson pictured below, we drank from the well. Then a stop for sweeeeeet kenafah at a local bakery, another church, and then to the Taybeh Brewing Company where Pam Lamlein is smiling. It’s good beer (and wine too) made by a local family whose work is becoming quite significant to the Palestinian economy.

After dinner we had a talk by a speaker on An Israeli Perspective on Contemporary Issues. Ophir Yarden spoke as fast as he could (whew!) but of course he couldn’t begin to treat our myriad questions so many of were frustrated. We are also frustrated by the complications of barrier walls and armed soldiers and special roads for settlers and and and. We pray and pray for peace.63DE6C31-C92B-41FE-B923-A2FBDCDACC4A

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Posted by HopeEakins 20:39 Archived in Israel

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Hope, I'm so enjoying your blog and feel I'm traveling right along with you! It sounds like a fascinating journey. Love to all ~ BA

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