05 June 2009

Walking the Jesus Trail

The Washington Post has a great piece, with photos, on the Jesus Trail, a hiking path through northern Israel that connects the wealth of Biblical-historical texts related to stories in the Gospels. Although the subject matter is the life of Christ, it's an attempt to bring together all three of the Abrahamic faiths -- the guesthouse that anchors the trail in Nazareth is a joint venture between an Israeli Jewish manager and an Arab family that's been there since before 1948.

One of the trail's architects is my old college friend Dave Landis -- we were on a university cross-cultural trip to Israel and Palestine together back in 2002, and spent a week backpacking in the region the Jesus Trail now traverses. Dave's had a special interest in the much-contested Holy Land ever since. His site has lots more photos.

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