Seeing the Fig Tree…What Does it Mean?

The Bible describes Israel as an olive tree and a fig tree. There is significance in each one. The olive tree represents Israel's spiritual identity, while the fig tree represents Israel's national identity. I find it interesting that being Jewish can be characterized as a religious (spiritual) identity or as an ethnic (national) identity. This …

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Promised Land Stories – The Olive Tree: An Intro

In the Bible, the olive tree is used often as an object lesson, and olive trees are quite fascinating. If you have been to Israel, you have seen plenty of olive trees, and have likely eaten your share of olives. (There are dozens of varieties, and salad bars are replete with my favorite Israeli treat!) …

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Tour Rewind: Garden of Gethsemane and Caiaphas’ House

On the western slope of the Mount of Olives, directly across the Kidron Valley from Temple Mount, lies the Garden of Gethsemane. Known as a garden of peace, it is typically anything but that, as some of the largest crowds in Jerusalem are often squeezed in here and jostling for position. Regardless, it is a …

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Up to the Golan

It was an absolutely beautiful day in the Galilee! After a very full day yesterday, our group awoke well rested and excited for the new day. The day did not disappoint! Our guide, Aly, shared a bit of Israel's history with us as we made an hour long drive to an army outpost in the …

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