Thursday 25th June 2014
From Kursi we travelled a little further south along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee to Ein Gev. This is a holiday resort catering to tourists from all over the world. We were booked in for lunch at the Ein Gev Restaurant.
We began with lovely tasting lentil soup, followed by the usual Middle Eastern salads – salsa, tomato, carrot, greens and humus – with pita bread. For mains there was a variety on offer, but being on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, we had only one thing in mind, to eat the St Peter’s Fish, so named from the following account in Chapter 17 of Matthew’s Gospel:
Jesus and the Temple Tax
24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes, he does.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?” 26 When Peter said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the children are free. 27 However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.”
The St Peter’s Fish tasted wonderful!!! Some chose to have it whole, but I chose filleted (why work to eat when someone else is prepared to do the work for you, so that you can just enjoy the fish, without having to worry about the bones?!). Here is a photo of what the whole cooked fish looked like:
The desert was a date, again, very tasty.
After lunch we wandered outside for a last look at the Sea of Galilee before boarding the bus and heading back to Jerusalem.
There was the remnant of a wooden boat, the prow only, on the shore, put there as an attraction for visitors, so I climbed up to take the helm!!
Then we travelled back to Jerusalem, many of us snoozing along the way, following the ancient pilgrimage route from Galilee – which Jesus and his disciples took on for that fateful Passover Feast two thousand years ago when the salvation of the world was achieved in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus and the pouring out of his Spirit – following the Jordan Valley south from Galilee and turning west just beyond Jericho to take the road up through the Judaean desert to Jerusalem.
We have only three and a half days left in our programme at Ecce Homo. The time has flown!
Shalom, Peace, Salaam!!!