Kodachrome by Thomas Nebbia.

From “Where Jesus Walked,” National Geographic, December, 1967.

Thread of life through harsh hills, the Jordan River coils southward from the Sea of Galilee, creating a swath of plenty. Jesus was about 30 years old, according to St. Luke, when He came to the Jordan to be baptized by John the baptist before beginning His ministry. Except for a norther segment, the entire valley lay within Jordan until last June [of 1967], when Israeli troops swept in and seized the western bank, left.

Map of Ancient Israel, Samaria, Galilee, etc. Drawn by Elie Sabban. Compiled by Dorothy A. Nicholson.

From “Where Jesus Walked,” National Geographic, December, 1967.

Birthplace of Christianity

Ancient kingdom of the Jews, outpost of the Roman Empire — this was the land Jesus knew. The towns bear the names of His day; the roads follow the turnings He traveled. Roughly the size of Massachusetts, His homeland traditionally stretched from Dan to Beersheba, approximately 150 miles, a distance a man could walk in a week. Only 80 miles separate Nazareth from Bethlehem. Although the Romans improved the major trade routes, paving them with stones, much of the travel was on dusty tracks or rocky trails.

No one knows the exact route of the Nazarene during His brief ministry. The Gospels do not agree in chronology and often fail to refer to places by name. Locations of many revered sites of Christianity rely on tradition: the baptism of Jesus at the ford north of the Dead Sea; the town of the first miracle, Cana, north of Nazareth; the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness among the harsh hills near Jericho; and the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor or Mount Hermon.

But to the men who wrote the Gospels, the events of Jesus’ life far outweighed concern with such details as where they happened.

Inset shows boundaries as of June 4, 1967. For the June 10, 1967, cease-fire line, see page 785 and supplement map distributed with this issue.*

* Coming up, don’t worry!

Do click the map to view it in a larger size, or click through to view it on this blag’s homepage, if you wish to read the accompanying Bible verses that are printed in red. And let me know if you’d like me to transcribe them here. I am here to serve, within the legal bounds of my state.

Kodachrome by Thomas Nebbia.

A two-page spread from “Where Jesus Walked,” National Geographic, December, 1967.

Carefree age of innocence leads children to a sunlit meadow outside Nazareth, where Jesus spent His childhood — the “hidden years” unchronicled by the Gospels. Jesus probably devoted much of His day to studying the Law of Moses, like most Jewish boys, or helping His foster father, Joseph, in the carpenter shop. But there must have been time to play and dream in the nearby fields, where He came to know the birds and flowers, the fig tree and the mustard seed — the wonders of nature that He used to illustrate His teachings in later years.

Photo by Wide World Photos, Inc.

April, 1953.

"Flying Stomachs" Attack Pakistan; Men Cannot Stop a Migratory Swarm

Ancient scourge of mankind, the ravenous grasshopper, or locust, has been described in carvings and writings for 4,400 years. Exodus 10:15 tells the horror of the eighth plague which the Lord visited upon Egypt because Pharaoh would not release Moses and his people:

“For they [the locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees, which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.”

Joel’s dire prophecy (Joel 2:3, 10) has often been fulfilled:

“… the land is as the Garden of Eden before them [the locusts], and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. … The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.”

At least eight major locust species have wrought destruction on six green continents throughout history. Not until the 1920’s did man begin to understand that the insect led a double life. Knowledge that the inoffensive solitary grasshopper may become the swarming migratory destroyer gave its victims a new weapon.

All of those black, smudgy dots you see in the photograph are locusts. And Swarming Migratory Destroyer would be a great name for your next drone noise project.