Read the Land.  Live the Book.

Since arriving in Israel three days ago, life has been very full!  They keep us busy with teaching on the go. Tuesday was a walk around Jerusalem with a focus on the New Testament, and Wednesday on the Old Testament sites. 


It is especially meaningful when we see a site where there was a a at fulfillment of the OT, like at the Temple.

Every day we will see about 6 or 7 significant sites and learn about them and read the relevant passages from Scrripture right on the spot.


It makes such an impression to see the stones and structures that history has bequeathed to us.  To see the contours of the land and understand progressions and dynamics.  Indeed it makes it come alive.

Let me tell you about just ONE spot we went today. Bethlehem.  The spot where Jesus was born. Where God took on flesh and “tabernacles with us”.  But at this spot we also considered Mary. And Joseph. And the shepherds and the wise men. And the innocents. To say nothing of Naomi, and Ruth and Boaz. And King David himself. And if that wasn’t enough we saw the cave in Bethlehem where St Jerome translated Holy Scripture into Latin – the Vulgate!  Like trying to drink out of a fire hose!


Published by: wismered

an Episcopalian priest living in Houston, Texas. My wife and I have 4 kids thriving in college! Day job is pastoring 850+ students, 18 months to 8th grade at St Francis Episcopal Day School.


2 thoughts on “Read the Land.  Live the Book.”

  1. Beautiful pictures, Father Wismer. Thank you for writing about your days. We are enjoying following along with you!

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