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Jesus trail

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Introduction

Many like to follow  in Jesus footsteps in pilgrimage. I wont be able to do that, so I try to do it in my mind instead with this post. But it did not work out as expected. Read my conclusions.

Index

Jesus trail, where Jesus walked

 

  1. Nazareth where he grew up and lived in a stone house maybe like the one excavated in Katzrin )
  2. Mount Precipice Jezreel Valley outside Nazareth over Jezreel Valley
  3. Near Jerusalem
    • To Jerusalem 12 years old
    • Jordan River , just south of the Sea of Galilee; and Qasr el Yahud, closer to the Dead Sea, being baptized 30 years old, 28-29 AD (Montefiore)
    • Bethany
    • Bethphage
  4. In the Judaean desert where jesus were tempted 40 days.
  5. teaching in the synagogue in Magdala west shore of Sea of Galilee?
  6. Canaa at the wedding, when wine runs out (fist miracle)
  7. Capernaum,hometown of several Apostles, where he preaches repentance, guest at Simon Peters home where he cure Peters mothe in law from fever. He chooses his 12 disciples)
  8. At the pool of Bethesda (easter shore of Sea of Galilee, home of Peter, Andrew and Philip, today called El Araj) where he make a blind man see with saliva and dust.
  9. Spoke in the Synagogue of Gamla?
  10. Tabgha, north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee, south of Capernaum. where Jesus “fed 5,000+ people with five loaves of bread and two fish”. ( www.elal.com )
  11. The lake of Galilee in storm that Jesus calms (  Matthew 14:28 )
  12. The disciples see Jesus transfiguration being together with Moses and Elijah.
  13. The stoning of a woman caught in adultery where Jesus said “the one without sin throw the first stone”
  14. Cesarea Philippi is a long way north of the Sea of Galilee. Only Matthew mentions this place in Matthew 16,13 where he asked “Who am I?”
  15. In  ( John 4,3-19 ) we read 3 he left Judaea and went back to Galilee.  He had to pass through Samaria.” The he came to the well of the Samaritan town Sychar.

    (Image source:holylandphotos.wordpress.com  )
  16. Jerusalem, according to John five times during three years for
    • Passover,
    • Feast of Booths,
    • Feast of the dedication
  17. Gethsemane,  the slopes of Mount of Olives

Table 1.places and gospel sources

Table 1. According to the Gospels, places mentioned by apostels

Marc Matthew Luke John
Marc 1,9 Jordan
river 
baptism
Matthew 3,13
Jordan
river 
baptism
Luke 2,42
Jerusalem
 
Marc 1, 12
Desert
Matthew 4,1 Desert Luke  4,1
Jordan
 
Marc 1, 14
Sea of Galilee
pescatores hominum
Matthew 4,12
To Nazareth, Galilee
Luke  4,1
Desert
 
Marc 1,21 Capharnaum
Synagogue teaching
Possessed man
Marc, 1 29
Socris Simonis febricitans
Matthew 4,13
Capharnaum, Zebulon and Neftali territorium
Luke  4,14
Galilee
 
Marc 1,38-39
Synagogue in Galilee
Leper man
Matthew 4,18
Galilee Sea shore, meeting fishermen Simone and Andrew “Follow me”
Luke  4,16
Nazareth
 
Marc 2,1
Return to Capharnaum post dies Paralytics bed
Matthew 4,23
Around Galilee teaching in their synagogue
Luke  4,31
Capharnaum
 
  Matthew 5,1
Up on the mountain, The mountain speech
My Father
Luke  5,1
“Lake of Genesareth”
 
Marc 2,13 Galilee Sea shore Matthew 8,1
Down from the mountain
Curing the Leper
Luke  5,29
House of Levi
 
Marc 3,1 Synagogue
Man with Paralysed hand 
Matthew 8,5 
Caphernaum
Centurion
Luke  6,12
On the mountain
 
Marc 3,13 Up on the mountain
The 12 disciples elected to pray with him
Matthew 8,14
Home of Peter
Socrum eius Simonis febricitantem
Luke  7,1
Capharnaum
 
Marc 3,13
Up on the mountain
The 12 disciples elected to pray with him
Matthew 8,28 Regionem Gerasenorum
duo habentes demonia in gregem porcorum
Luke  7,11
Naim Region
 
Marc 3,13 Up on the mountain
The 12 disciples elected to pray with him
Matthew 9, 1
Back to west shore
venit in civitatem suam
paralysed men cured.
Luke 8,26
Et navigaverunt ad regionem Gerasenorum (, today Jerash in Jordania), quæ est contra Galilæam.
 
Marc 3,20
ad domum
Matthew 9,9
left Nazareth
Tax man Matthew
Luke  9,10
Betsaida
 
Marc 4,1
Galilee Sea ad mare
Matthew 9,23
domum principis
the girl is sleeping
Luke  9,28
Mountain
 
Marc 5,1
To easter Galilee Sea shore
regionem Gerasenorum
homo in spiriu immondo
Marc 5,11 
montem grex porcorum
Matthew 9,28
venisset domum
Blind people could see again
“Do not tell anyone”
Luke 9,52
Samaritan village
being refused hospitality
 
Marc 5,38
Synagogue home
Sleeping girl
Matthew 9,35
Visiting all the cities and villages
teaching in synagogues
Luke 9,53
to Jerusalem
 
Marc 6,31
in desertum locum
Matthew 11,1
preaching in the cities of the 12 disciples
Luke 17,11
Samaria
 
  matthew 12,9
In their synagogue
“is it ok to cure on Saturday”
Luke 18,35
Gerico
 
  Matthew 12,15
Jesus left the place
Luke 19,29
Betfage Betania
 
  Matthew 12,46
mother and broters outside asking for Jesus
“Who is my mother?” 
   
  Matthew 13,54
in patriam suam
“docebat eos in synagogis erorum”
   
  Matthew 14,13
Left place with boat to be alone in desert
“sit in the grass” 
5 bread and 2 fishes mmiracle
   
  Matthew 14,22
Up on the mountain to pray
jesus walking on the water
   
  Matthew 14,37
Crossing the Sea and  Arriving to Genesareth
 
   
  Matthew 14,54
Nazareth
“Noone prophet at home”
   
  Matthew 15,21
Partes Tyri Sidonis (Cananea) 
Mother begging for the daughter 
   
  Matthew 15,29
Galilee Sea
on the mountain
The 7 bread miracle  for 4000+ people 
   
  Matthew 15,39
On a boat to Magedan region
   
  Matthew 16,13
Cesareae Philippi
Who am i?”   
   
  Matthew 17, 1
High mountain
Jesus  transfiguration with Moses and Eliah   
   
  Matthew 17,22
Around in Galilee
Passion prediction   
   
   
  Matthew 17,24
Capharnaum
   
  Matthew 19,1
To Jerusalem
J John 4,5-9
Well of Sychar

 

Table 2. Places statistics.
Places mentioned amount of times by the apostels

Place Mark Matthew Luke Johannes
Jordan river 1 1 1  
Desert 2 2 1  
Nazareth 0 1 1  
Capharnaum 2 2 2  
Zebulon and Neftali territorium 0 1 0  
Galilee Sea 2 2 0  
Around Galilee 0 2 1  
 

Regionem Gerasenorum

1 1 1  
Genesareth 0 1 1  
Partes Tyri Sidonis (Cananea)  0 1 0  
Cesareae Philippi  0 1 0  
Jerusalem  0 1 1  
Well of Sychar (Samaria)
0 0 0 1

 

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Maps

I printed out these two maps to figure out Jesus trails.

(Source: gods-word-first.org )

Going through Samaria as Luke tells it and the Samaritan Sychar as John tells, Jesus  passed near the Mount Gerizim sacred for the Samaritans.



  1. (Image source:holylandphotos.wordpress.com  )

the shortest way Jerusalem from Nazareth is passing through Samaria but as there was hostility between Jews and Samaritans and this route was mountainous, many Jews prefered to follow the Jordan river south to jerusalem.  (Source: www.catholic.com/qa )

This seems to be the shortest way from Nazareth to Capharnaum

(  Image source: https://jesustrail.com/ )

From NAzareth to Jerusalem the shortest road is through Samaria.

(  Image source: www.bible-history.com )

Jesus spent most of his messianic time around the Sea of Galilee

( Source: Wim Vincken Pinterest )

Read and know more in e.g this video. A pity there is annoying music and little textbut the images are nice.

 

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Conclusion

All apostles agree that Jesus moved around in Galilee on both the west and east side of the Sea of Galilee. I wonder if the apostles really had reliable information about his trail. As the apostles describes it it looks like Jesus and his disciples went around randomly following the wind. Once the wind made him go north to Cesarea Philippi according to Matthew. It must be at least 2 weeks walking north of the Galilean Sea. I wonder if the author of MAtthew really knew where Cesaarea Philippi is.

We know however that Jesus went regularely since he was 12 to Jerusalem. From Nazareth Jesus and his family must have followed caravans to avoid bandits, probably taking the first Valley to the Jordan river and following the river until Jericho. The disciples crossed Samaria on their way between Galilee and Judaea according to Luke .  John 4,3-19  says 3 he left Judaea and went back to Galilee.  He had to pass through Samaria.

Why he had to choose the mountain road is a open question. Was he in Bethel or was he trying to get rid of hunting Jews?

He was once rejected hospitality by a Samaritan village maybe near the Mount of Gerizim sacred to the Samaritans, on his wasy back to Jerusalem.

If Jesus himself would have asked, then this would maybe have not happened.  Jesus was for sure well known by the Samaritans for all the miracles he made in nearby Galilee.

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Discovering Saint Augustine

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introduction

I bought this little book written by Carlo Chiurco.

It is for me a good introduction to a fantastic man who had very appealing goals and thoughts. Among others his philosophy that reason, philosophy,s cience  and faith can live together in harmony. This is something i have tried to achieve during these last 4 years ending up with my pantheistic  Genesis in  www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/the-pantheistic-genesis/

His life is described in “the confessions”  available in pdf and epub format  on archive.org/details/confessionsofsta00augu
The Italian film about him is based upon the confessions.

Index

Main thoughts

He said many things. But I like most of all these

  • His looking for truth
  • His view about God
  • Reason and faith can live together in harmony
  • The human soul is the most important trace of God.
  • understand to believe
  • believe to understand

Conclusion

The thougths of St Augustin are very inspiring.  I continue to read the book above as he helps me in my own search of God, the Creation, among others the human being and myself.

To do the right thing

Introduction

Today we read Luke 10:38-42. The text  made me think about priorities.
Elisabeth of Trinity, I wrote about in  a previous post  decided to become a Carmelitan nun.
Märta in Sweden did the same 1998 . She was 19 when she made this decision. A Swedish documentary at   www.svtplay.se/video/2135690/nunnan  tells about her. She is today  happy with her decision 20 years ago, still happily active in a Swedish Carmelitan monastery.
Other youth want to become bosses,  drug dealers or soccer champions. Most of them want to become rich. 
We all make priorities and decision in our lives. 
The Luke Gospel text today is about what makes you happy and feel good. The  meaning of life we have is important.  I wrote about meaning of life in a previous post.

Index.

  • introduction
  • Luke 10:38-42
  • Conclusion

Luke 10:38-42

Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said, “Look after him, and on my way back I willmake good any extra expense you have.” Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bandits’ hands?’

 He replied, ‘The one who showed pity towards him.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go, and do the same yourself.’

 In the course of their journey he came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking.

Now Martha, who was distracted with all the serving, came to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’
 But the Lord answered, ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said, ‘you worry and fret about so many things,
 and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part, and it is not to be taken from her.’

Conclusion