Sea of Galilee, Metula, Caesarea Phillipi, Tel Dan, Hula Basin, Upper Jordan River, Banias River, Mt. Hermon, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Galilee Boat Ride
On the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, we find Elijah’s tracks coming from the Brook Kerith. We glance up at the bluffs of the Golan and then follow the North Jordan River up through the Hula Basin to the tiny Banias River and Dan (of “Dan to Beersheba”).
Where Elijah’s trail to Zarephath crosses into Lebanon, we turn aside to Caesarea Philippi. Here Peter told Jesus, “You’re the Messiah!” We climb beautiful Mt. Hermon. Is this the Mount of Transfiguration, where Peter, James, and John saw Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah?
We enter Capernaum — where Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law — and we pause to touch the stones of a Third Century synagogue built over one from the First Century.
On the nearby Mount of Beatitudes, we recite: “Blessed are the meek…blessed are the poor in spirit…Blessed are the pure in heart…” Before dinner we take a boat ride out into the Sea of Galilee.
On our second night at the Sea of Galilee, we continue to recite: “Blessed are those who mourn…Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness….”