Day 6, Part 1 Breakfast and Mass at Notre Dame, then off to the Israel Museum to walk into first century Jerusalem at the Temple Model before seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. Then a ride into the Judean Wilderness descending 4,250 feet down from Jerusalem, about 30 miles in distance.
We arrived at the exact place Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. This is the lowest place on the face of the earth. We renewed our baptismal vows in the Jordan.
Next it was lunch in Jericho before seeing the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the Devil and a look at a sycamore tree like the one climbed by Zaccheaus (Luke 19:2-10). Blind Bartimaeus was also healed along the road we were driving on (Mark 10:46-52).
Day Six, Part 2: Off to Qumran where we learned about the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls and the probably membership of John the Baptist and their familiarity with Jesus the Messiah. Floating in the Dead Sea is always a wonderful experience and so is riding a camel. We have lots of good videos and pictures of both. Enjoy.