Wholly Grounded

Donald T. Williams on a Few Facts I Learned in the Holy Land

Two weeks in Eretz Israel. What have I learned?

• An ibex (a kind of gazelle) is small, really not any bigger than a goat.

• Sunset over the Dead Sea turns the mountains of Jordan blood-red.

• Jesus was raised in a small mountain town. (Our bus could barely manage some of the switchbacks going up to Nazareth.)

• The Sea of Galilee would be at home in the English Lake District (minus the date palms).

• A rock badger is neither a rock nor a badger.

• The holier the site, the uglier the church.

• The Church of All Nations (in the Garden of Gethsemane) is an exception to this rule.

• Palestine is the Latin word for Philistia. After . . .

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Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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