Believers Visit Baptism Site in Jordan

 For most Americans, Epiphany (Jan. 6) passes with little celebration. Traditionally, the 12th day of Christmas is marked by Eastern Orthodox, Catholics and some mainline Protestants as the day the three kings visited the baby Jesus. For Eastern Rite Christians, Epiphany (also called Theophany) emphasizes the revelation of Jesus as the son of God through his baptism and […]

Just a Stone’s Throw Away

You know you’re close to a border when your cell service suddenly changes and “Welcome to Israel” appears on the screen.  Except we weren’t in Israel.  We were in the northwest corner of Jordan, near the boundaries of Israel and Syria.  Borders in this region are more than lines on a map.  They mark the […]

Labels and Names

Here’s the problem: You can memorize all the terms, understand their origins, become conversant in the nuances, even know when not to use them. The Zionists and Palestinians. The settlers and the freedom fighters. Those who support Fatah or Hamas or Likud or Labor. And then you meet the people and they confuse you.  Like […]