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Mount of Beatitudes

The Mount of the Beatitudes is the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), which contains a passage known as the Beatitudes:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Today the site is a tranquil garden with a Franciscan church featuring the eight beatitudes in stained glass and provides a good vantage point to view the Sea of Galilee towards Tiberias and Capernaum.  The site is open from 8am-11:30am & 2:30pm-4:40pm and admission is 5 shekels per car (we think it’s free if you’re on foot!)

Links:
•    Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_beatitudes
•    Bible Walks Resource: http://www.biblewalks.com/sites/Beatitudes.html



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