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THE RIVER JORDAN

RIVER JORDAN

The Jordan River runs through the land of Israel and history of the Bible, giving its waters a spiritual significance that sets it aside from other rivers. The Jordan is significant for Jews, because the tribes of Israel under Joshua crossed the river on dry ground to enter the Promised Land after years of wandering in the desert. It is significant for Christians because John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the waters of the Jordan. The prophets Elijah and Elisha also crossed the river dry-shod; and the Syrian general Naaman was healed of leprosy after washing in the Jordan at Elisha’s direction.

NAZARETH

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Nazareth is the capital and the largest city in the Northern District of Israel. It’s known as “the Arab capital of Israel.” The population is made up predominantly of Israeli Arabs, and about thirty percent of that population are Christians (30.9%). Nazareth Illit (lit. “Upper Nazareth”) is built alongside old Nazareth, and had a Jewish population of 40,312 in 2014. The Jewish sector was declared a separate city in June 1974.

THE WAILING WALL

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The Wailing Wall is located in the old city of Jerusalem. It’s also known as the Western Wall. This wall is an imposing remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish temple and is one of the most sacred sites in Jerusalem. According to Jewish history, the original wall which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E., was built by King Solomon and what is seen today is built upon the foundations of the first temple.

MANNA

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“Manna” is a Hebrew word for the edible substance God fed the Israelites with during their forty-year sojourn in the wilderness. The name “manna” was derived from the question “man hu,” in Hebrew, meaning “What is it?” (Exodus 16:14-15,35). Exodus 16:31 and Numbers 11:7 respectively described manna thus: “like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” and “as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.”

TEEVO AT FIVE

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Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo was birthed as a strategic tool for reaching teenagers and young adults in their own lingo with the unique and life-transforming message of Jesus Christ. Its first edition was published in November 2011, following the global acclaim of its precursor, Rhapsody of Realities, the world’s most widely-distributed daily devotional.

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