Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of nine hundred and eighty one texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 at Khirbet Qumran in the West Bank. These scrolls with the text written on it are of significant importance as they include the earliest known manuscripts that survived the age of time. These scripts were later included in the Hebrew Bible and it also holds manuscripts that held evidence of the diversity of religious beliefs of the late Second Temple Judaism. The text on the Dead Sea Scrolls is written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Nabatean and date back as far as 408 BC.

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

The Latin translations for Via Dolorosa are “way of grief”, “way of sorrows”, “way of suffering” and “painful way”. This is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem which was the path that Jesus walked while carrying His cross on the way to the crucifixion. This road starts from the Antonia Fortress west of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and continues on for six hundred meters to the spot where Christian Pilgrims celebrate Easter. In the fifteenth century there were fifteen Stations of the Cross, but nowadays the Via Dolorosa is marked by fourteen Stations of the Cross. 

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

There are many people who are fascinated with the Dead Sea. Not only is it the lowest point on earth, but anyone, regardless of their weight, will float on the waters. These two facts, together with the therapeutic and healing elements of the salt water and mud, contributes to people visiting the Jordanian and Israeli seashores of the magnificent Dead Sea.