Blogging From Israel

Live From Israel!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Being in a place can give a more accurate picture and deeper meaning to a historical context. We walk the streets where history happened, we can understand the reality of what, earlier, were just words.

Making something ‘more real’

We gain a better perspective on the intimate challenges someone may have faced on a very human level. For example, the tight streets of the city and the bustling energy. Or the scale of rocks placed as a foundation to the temple in Jerusalem in the first century.

And understanding moments they felt. Like the quiet sunrise behind us while sitting in a garden overlooking an ancient city that can connect us with people who sat in that same place, looking over the same city almost 2,000 years ago.

Experiencing Israel Firsthand

For this reason, I am traveling to Israel with Angie. We will stand on the shores of Caesarea where Paul is kept prisoner, tried and eventually sails for Rome. We will travel to the Sea of Galilee to feel the breeze and travel to Capernaum, where Jesus based his ministry. And where he walked on the water and calmed the storm.

We will spend several days in Jerusalem and share with you the sights, smells, and atmosphere of the city and what it could have been like for those first followers of Christ to walk from the city walls to pray together outside the city in the hills of the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Sharing this experience

It is this extra dimension that I am looking to capture and share with you. Often names of towns or places don’t carry the full depth when we are unfamiliar with that area.

What’s it like during the sunrise over the temple from the Garden of Gethsemane? What would those walks have been like for these early disciples as they traveled from Galilee to Jerusalem several times?

So, with much anticipation and excitement, I will capture as much of these experiences for you. I will relay how these tactile things add dimension to the words in my bible.

In addition, will capture some more long form thoughts and experiences to share in the form of an email, where I can express things a bit more informally and in more depth. So please sign up for my email list, if you haven’t already, to get these as I post in the coming days.

I look forward to walking this journey and sharing it with you.

Hi. I'm Scott Sullivan, a slave of Christ, author, AI programmer, and animator. I spend my time split between the countryside of Lancaster, Pa, and Northern Italy, near Cinque Terre and La Spezia.

In addition to improving lives through data analytics with my BS in Computer Science, I also published, Searching For Me, my first memoir, about my adoption, search for my biological family, and how it affected my faith.