Jordan 2: Birthplace of Elijah, Roman Jerash, Wrestling with God and more
by Steve Ray on January 29, 2018
Lots of biblical sites covered on our first full day here in Jordan. We started with Mass way up in the mountains of Gilead in northern Jordan. The church is called Our Lady of the Mountain Church and one of my good friends, a Jordanian priest named Fr. Imad Twal celebrated the Mass for us today. His excellent homily is HERE.
Then to Mar Elias which is the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah. I explained the life story of this prophet and it was rather fun for us since Janet and I had just finished filming the life of this great prophet in the summer and I just finished writing the study guide for the movie which will be released in spring of 2018.
A great lunch while watching the authentic making of bread here in Jordan and then to the ancient city of Jerash which is actually mentioned in the Bible. Magnificent ruins, some of the best Roman ruins in the world.
The Jabbok River isone of my favorite places to take our groups in Jordan. No other pilgrim groups or tourists go there but it is a marvelous biblical site and I tell the whole story which you can see on a separate video HERE. Learn about Jacob the swindler and how he wrestled with God.
Then, back to Amman and our beautiful hotel for a couple of hours of free time for resting and then a good dinner and to bed and ready to drive to Petra tomorrow. Enjoy!