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SHQ in the Holy Land: First Century Tomb

By Paula Kaye


Greetings from Nazareth, where we have been staying with the Sisters of Nazareth.   Our day began at the Jordan River.   We renewed our Baptismal vows as we listened to the sounds of war in Syria, just a few miles from us.   With temperatures soaring over 100F, we were intent on finishing the more physical parts of the day’s activity early.   We hiked, in silence, from a hilltop to the lake (aka sea) of Galilee.   Our hike included a walking Eucharist, led by Jane Patterson.

After dinner tonight, we were treated to an extraordinary experience.  Beneath our hotel, an excavation began in 1885.   We are situated over a 1st C home and burial site in Nazareth.  At that time, our guide estimates the population of Nazareth to have been approximately 200 to 300 folks.  We were invited to see the excavation site and take photos.  Below is an image of a 1st C burial chamber.  In the foreground rests a circular stone that would be rolled in front of the tomb. – Paula


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