Day 4 – The River Jordan

The drive to the River Jordan was only about an hour and a half, but it was a time travel back thousands of years to a world that, in many ways, is little changed from the age of Jesus. Life in the West Bank not only lacks the green vegetation of the Galilee lands, but sadly, the inhabitants lack the housing and lifestyle we had seen in Israel. Of the 20,000 inhabitants of the town of Jericho, only about 1,000 are Christian and the others are Moslem.

And the presence of armed soldiers standing sentry at the river and guns with bullets that could fire across the water into the country of Jordan were a reminder that this region has been a land of invasion, conquest, and turmoil for thousands of years.