Posts Tagged ‘Holy Land’

Eliza Myers

Petra treasures

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on September 17, 2011

 
 

After a walk through a shadowy, narrow gorge in the desert, a light appears through the sandstone mountain slits. There is where I got my first glimpse of the iconic Treasury. The elaborate tomb’s façade was carved by the mysterious Nabateans between 100 B.C. and 200 A.D. This iconic structure is reason enough for many…

 
 

What can be said about this city that has not been said?  It is a cauldron of culture and religion.  It holds the secrets of eternity and it draws pilgrims from the world’s three monotheistic faiths like other cities draw fans to a game.  We stood on the Mount of Olives and looked across thousands…

 
Mac Lacy

Ancient Jericho remains an oasis

Posted by Mac Lacy in Middle East on June 29, 2010

 
 

Driving down from the Sea of Galilee into Jericho was a study in topography.  The Sea of Galilee is refreshing in itself, bright blue and dotted with boats.  As you drive toward Jericho and the Dea Sea, you descend steadily toward some of the world’s lowest elevations and windswept deserts that are so reflective of…

 
 

Wisam Salsaa was our guide for most of this trip.  He is Palestinian and works out of Bethlehem.  He is a Christian.  On our way into Jerusalem from Jericho, he brought up an age-old teaching of Jesus, but added this caveat: ‘When Jesus said ‘if someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer them the…

 
Mac Lacy

To each his own

Posted by Mac Lacy in Middle East on June 27, 2010

 
 

To anyone who comes here, there may be a moment of personal epiphany or revelation, I would guess.  Many are most moved by the historic sites–the place of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, or his passion in Jerusalem.  The Garden at Gethsemane, or maybe Nazareth, where he grew up and was eventually shunned. For me, it…

 
 
 

Raed Abu Sahlieh is as charistmatic a figure as we met in all of Palestine.  He is the priest of St. George’s Church in Taybeh and he is an outspoken proponent of peace and justice in this beleagured region of the world.  He spent almost an hour with us and one gets the feeling he…

 
Mac Lacy

Microbrews come to Palestine

Posted by Mac Lacy in Middle East on June 23, 2010

 
 

Dr. Maria C. Khoury and her husband have managed to build the only microbrewery in the Middle East.  The Taybeh Brewery was established in 1994 when she, of Greek descent, and he, a Palestinian native, returned to his homeland to live.  After managing to get necessary permits, they began brewing Taybeh Beer.  It is now…

 
 

Elias Salameh Afteem is carrying on a very proud family tradition at Restaurant Afteem in Bethlehem.  He greets you in a bustling lunchtime crowd just off the market in this iconic pilgrimage city in Palestine.  I noticed him immediately when our group came in the door.  For all I knew he was just a server,…

 
Eliza Myers

Jerusalem, my destiny

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on November 25, 2009

 
 

Every Easter growing up I would hear the song “Jerusalem, My Destiny,” which connected the city with Christian tradition. The tune took on a new meaning when I saw my first view of the Jerusalem skyline and its cream-colored buildings of Jerusalem stone and the arresting golden Dome of the Rock. On my walking tour…

 
Eliza Myers

Oh little town of Bethlehem

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on November 22, 2009

 
 

I stepped inside the location of the real Nativity scene at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Byzantine church that has survived so many centuries of war and strife still stands with an ancient feel, since the Greek Orthodox Church upkeeps it without extensive renovations. Without the restorations, everything you see is original…