The Judean Hill Country has great significance in both Old and New Testaments. As the place where the patriarchs are buried (Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Leah), it is the second holiest place in Judaism, next to Jerusalem. King Herod the Great was active in the Judean Hill Country, building fortresses such as the Herodium, just 3 miles from Bethlehem. Of course, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, making that city a holy site for Christians.
Our second day leads us to the valleys of the Holy Land, which were battlegrounds of the Old Testament. For example, the Elah Valley was where David fought with Goliath; the Sorek Valley was where many battles in the book of Judges took place; the Aijalon Valley was where in Joshua 10, the "sun stood still." Kelly and Vicky will also take us to a first century house, similar to the one where Jesus was born, and a vineyard, which helps us understand John 15.
This series of pictures takes us to five of the wilderness areas
of the Holy Land. In the USA, we think of "the wilderness" as a place
with forests, lakes and life. You will see that in the Bible, "the
wilderness" is more like what we would call a desert.
From the TED (Totally English Days) camp in France, which is run by Allan Pavey, a missionary that St. Paul's supports. Several members of FOCUS travelled with Scott and Jannet Dieckgraefe to help with the camp.