Pan and Dan
Katzrin, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, and Mt. Bental
Today may have been our best day yet! We began in the village of Katzrin which is an operational ancient village! We threshed wheat, made flour and baked bread in the same way it was done 2000 years ago! It was so beneficial for us to experience the process described in the Bible so often!
(Finished Bread with Hyssop and Date Honey)
After this we drove to the northern most point in ancient Israel Tel Dan. We learned about the evil of the tribe of Dan and Jeroboam and also saw oldest gate in all of Israel.
From here we journeyed to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus was declared the Messiah by Peter. You may be surprised to know that this was a city of 4 pagan temples and known by many to be the location of the “gates of Hades”. We sat with why Jesus may have chosen this place to take his disciples at all and what kind of Messiah he was going to be.
(Remains of Roman Temples)
We finished our day at Mt. Bental which is an overlook of both Mt. Hermon and the road to Damascus. We reflected on both the transfiguration and the transfiguration. Bonus—our Israeli guide Ronen taught us Israel/Syrian relations.