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C.T. Lowndes & Company Blog: 4_2017

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What is a simple explanation of the difference between the 3 major religions of the Middle East? ·        Jews believe in Old Testament. ·        Christians believe in Old and New Testament with Christ being the Son of God. READ MORE >>

Some interesting things we learned in Israel (these are simple facts and explanations! The history of the region is far more complex!): ·        Jewish peoples are somewhat divided into 3 religious groups - Liberal, Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox. READ MORE >>

Our tour in Israel, after leaving the Jordan River, took us along the east side of the Sea of Galilee. This land was formerly part of Syria (Golan Heights). Once a desert, the Israelites have converted it into a land of plenty with orchards of lemons, mangos, pomegranates, oranges, bananas, kiwi, and many others fruits. READ MORE >>

Our journey led us to Nazareth, the city of Mary, virgin mother of Jesus. We visited the Church of the Annunciation, built over the spot where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce she would be the Savior's mother. Jesus grew up in Nazareth and learned his skills there as a carpenter. READ MORE >>

Next we made a stop to overlook the old walled city of Jerusalem. The Golden Dome of the Muslim mosque dominates the view. Muslims built this mosque on the site of the Temple Mount where an angel appeared to Zechariah telling him of the imminent birth of his son, John.   READ MORE >>

Here are the frescoes we saw at the Palace of Knossos. These are replicas of the originals, the originals having been removed to a museum on Crete. Unfortunately, the museum  was closed for the afternoon when we had the opportunity to visit. Remarkably beautiful art!! The most famous one is the one with the dolphins. READ MORE >>

The next stop on our trip was a visit even further back in time, to about 4,000 BC and the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete. This is the oldest recorded European civilization. The Palace of Knossos was the center of an ancient city (Heraklion) built about 3,700 years ago (around 1700 BC) and occupied by peoples we know very little about. READ MORE >>

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