'Gospel Trail' Allows Tourists See What Jesus Saw

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CAPERNAUM, Israel - Thanks to a new Israeli tourism adventure called The Gospel Trail, pilgrims and tourists can now literally walk where Jesus walked.

The trek begins on the outskirts of Nazareth on Mt. Precipice.

"The Gospel Trail is a trail that offers the nature and the topography and botany and zoology of the time of Jesus," Ministry of Tourism official Eyal Carlin explained.

"The emphasis on the trail, one will see what somebody at Jesus' time or Jesus himself would have seen when he walked from Nazareth to Capernaum," he said.

Carlin said it's much more than a footpath.

"The trail itself is accessible to bicycles or horses. It's a low level of difficulty on most of the trail, and it's just magnificent scenery," he told CBN News.

No one knows exactly the path Jesus took, but the 40-mile trail connects places related to his life and ministry.

Access points along the way allow tourists to spend a little or a long time on the trail.

One group of Latin American Christians recently inaugurated the trail.
"It's a beautiful view. We see a wonderful scene, great mountains all around us," Oscar Merlo from the Alberto Mottesi Evangelistic Association, Inc., told CBN News.

"There's great vegetation, and we're able to see the actual hill where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount," he said.
Merlo said it was a great opportunity for his group.
"We're excited to take this journey, just to stand on this hill and to know there were villages that actually existed here, its richness of history and culture and of our faith as well - to know that Jesus maybe stood there where you're standing at," he said.
Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov expects the new trail should to be a financial boost for the area.
"We expect that the added value to the tourism that already exists here will be maybe 200,000 in the very nearest future," Misezhnikov said.
The trail ends at Capernaum, where the Bible says Jesus made his home by the Sea of Galilee.
"It's just a great trail, and I think Israelis will appreciate it and also people who will come and enjoy it from a motivation of faith or just a motivation of seeing beautiful sites," Carlin said.

While it may be the end of the trail, it's not the end of the trip. You might not be able to walk on the water, but you can take a boat ride and sail off into the sunset on the Sea of Galilee.

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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl

CBN News Jerusalem Correspondent

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