Skip to main content

Living and Walking With the Real Yeshua

I had a very good history professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Donald Kyle, and one day we were talking about studying history. One day, he asked where I would begin a study of the history of a people. I don’t remember what I said, but I have never forgotten what he said – begin with the lay of the land and the sources of water. Obviously, without water no one would be able to survive anywhere. The lay of the land, meaning specifically the topography, played a major role in providing a barrier of safety from enemies, as well as creating protected places to grow food and live.

The home of Yeshua was Nazareth. Take a moment to consider the sources of water, the topography and the nearness of surrounding villages of Nazareth on the map of Galilee at the following link (click on the map to enlarge it) -

Now click on this link for another view of the topography --

What it would have been like to live in Nazareth year-after-year while Yeshua was growing up?. What would Yeshua seen when he looked to the north, east, south and west? What was the ground like that he played on as a child or walked on and worked as a man? Yeshua spent most of his life in Nazareth. During his life it is estimated that Nazareth was a small village, with probably no more than three hundred people. Since he spent almost thirty years living there, he would have been very familiar with everyone living there and they would have also been well acquainted with him. Take few moments to digest what you see in the following two pictures at the links below. The first picture of Nazareth was taken in the late 1800s, click on --

Here is another picture of Nazareth with Mt. Tabor in the background that was taken about 1900-1920 – click on

Since Yeshua, and most everyone else, traveled by walking, consider the type of roads and paths his feet would have been walking on. The Jesus Trail™ is a 65-kilometer hiking trail in the Galilee region of Israel which connects important sites from the life of Yeshua and offers an alternative for travelers and pilgrims to experience the steps of Yeshua in a way that is authentic, adventurous and educational by hiking through the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Galilee in Israel. Click on the follow link to view the map --

Click on the next link to look at the places recorded in the New Testament that Yeshua visited –

When we read about Yeshua traveling from Galilee to Jerusalem, and on the way he goes down to the Jordan, do you understand exactly how far “down” was? Click on this link to see --

The next time you are reading about Yeshua in the New Testament and come across something like this – At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee . . . and then they went to Capernaum – take a moment to look at the above maps and consider exactly what that walk would have been like. Go online and look at some pictures and maps of those places. See what he was seeing through his eyes – and consider what the feet of his apostles and disciples were experiencing too.

This is an important part of getting to know the real Yeshua. 


Popular posts from this blog

Do Not Say RAQA! - Yeshua on Anger (Part 2)

In the last blog, we covered the first part of Yeshua’s lesson on Anger -- An Angry Person Should be Tried in Court like a Murderer – keep in mind that “anger” is the focus of Yeshua’s lesson.
“Whoever says to a brother, ‘RAKA,’ shall be answerable to the Sanhedrin.” [i]
Yeshua reveals that the seriousness of the offense has become greater by elevating the crime to the next highest court – the Sanhedrin. It is the highest court in the nation and would be the equivalent of our Supreme Court. What makes this offense more serious than murder, to keep things in the context established by Yeshua? It is because of what the angry person said out of anger – “RAKA!”
RAKA is the English transliteration of the Greek word found in the ancient manuscripts of Matthew. Interestingly, the Greek word is also a transliteration of a Hebrew word into Greek. Keep in mind that when a translator working on a translation of a Greek manuscript transliterates a Greek word, he only finds the closest equivalent En…

What is a “tittle”?

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one yod or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:18)
In the last blog we learned that a “jot” was really “yod,” the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So, now let’s turn our attention to “tittle” and see what it means. It is another one of those words you never hear or use in everyday conversations.
First, let’s see look up tittle in an English dictionary and see if we can find a definition. There is a definition and it is: “a dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as a diacritic, punctuation, etc.”
However, when we look at a yod we do not find any dots or small marks. Follow the arrow and look at the very upper left tip of the yod.  י Do you see the small point? When we turn to the Jewish culture of Yeshua we find that the scribes had a name for it -- קוץ (QOTz). The translation of the word קוץ is “thorn.”[i] When Yeshua spoke he said, “Till heaven and earth pass, one yo…

The Prayer Yeshua Prayed Twice Every Day

One of Jesus’s earliest memories was no doubt watching and listening to his family when they gathered to pray the Shema at sunrise before the day’s work began and after the working work day was over at sunset. He also heard and participated in praying the Shema at their synagogue. He was surrounded by neighbors who also prayed the same prayer in their homes every day.
The Hebrew word for prayer is tefilah. It is derived from the root Pe-Lamed-Lamed and the word l'hitpalel, meaning “to judge oneself.” This surprising word origin provides insight into the purpose of Jewish prayer. The most important part of any Jewish prayer, whether it be a prayer of petition, of thanksgiving, of praise of God, or of confession, is the introspection it provides, the moment that we spend looking inside ourselves, seeing our role in the universe and our relationship to God.[1]
Most of Jewish prayers are expressed in the first person plural, "us" instead of "me," and are recited on b…