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Herod the Great; Jesus the Fit (part 2)

While one left behind impressive buildings, the other demonstrated a fitness that is mysteriously transferable.

In part 1 of this article, Marshall Shelley describes what his trip to Israel taught him about Herod the Great. Here in part 2, he describes what he learned about Jesus.

One of the best reasons to visit the land of Israel is to see the biblical sites in 3-D. I don't mean donning a pair of plastic glasses to experience theatrical special effects. I'm referring to experiencing not only the length and breadth of the Bible lands, which is helpful in connecting the dots on the maps with the actual distances, but also the third dimension--the height and depth of the terrain.

This is important to me for two reasons. First, I was raised in Colorado and now live in Illinois. Mountains inspire me, whether I'm looking up at them or enjoying a vista from a peak. Psalm 121 is a favorite: "I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth." It's a psalm of ascent, meaning it was meant to be recited while looking up and walking ...

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