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Wild Boar (pigs!) at Caesarea Philippi!

On a recent trip to Israel our student group was preparing our lunch at the picnic grounds on the site of Banias (NT Caesarea Philippi—think Peter's confession of Jesus as the Christ/Messiah—Matthew 16:16 and gospel parallels).  Looking up from our lunch, much to my surprise I saw a herd of about 15 wild boar near another picnic table close to us (adults plus young ones)!!  During my 15 years in Israel I had never seen a wild boar in the wild and here we were IN a Jewish national park and there they were!

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The Garden of Gethsemane is located east of the Temple Mount, and east of the Kidron Valley, on the lower portion of the western slope of the Mount of Olives.

After his final meal with his disciples, Jesus retired to this garden to pray (Matt 26:30-56; Mark 14:26-52; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-12). It was here that the disciples slept while Jesus prayed and it is here that he was captured and led away to be crucified.

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