Sunday, June 24, 2012

John the Baptist's Birthday

Birthplace of John the Baptist
While in the Holy Land, Karen and I visited the birthplace of John the Baptist.  This site is a tradition (i.e. not know if it is the exact spot but certainly nearby) of the Church.

Hill Country, Judea
 The site is in the Hill Country of Judea, which is just outside Jerusalem (to the south) and is very close to the site of the Visitation.  This area must have been a place for second homes; a place to escape the heat and busyness of city life. 

It is now six months before Christmas and after the summer solstice (the longest day of the year).  Our days will now become a little shorter, reflecting the belief the Johns ministry will begin to wane,  to make way for the Christ.    

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