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The Bible Times Center of Ein Kerem offers a remarkable opportunity for Christians and Jews to experience a deeper understanding of the use and spiritual lessons that are drawn from seeing examples of ancient Biblical models and eating the food of the Ancient Biblical Feasts and Festivals. These models are located in a beautiful, peaceful garden in the pleasant village of Ein Kerem. (Christian tradition says John the Baptist was borm in Ein Kerem.)

 

 

Nestled in the terraced hills southwest of Jerusalem is the village of Ein Karem, where picturesque lanes lead you to the traditional spot where Elizabeth "felt life" when she met her kinswoman Mary, and where John the Baptist was born and raised.

 

 

Luke 1:39 tells us that after the annunciation, Mary hurried to "a town in the hill country of Judah" to visit Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. Centuries ago, Christians began to mark Elizabeth's hometown at Ein Karem, whose name means "spring of the vineyard."

 

 

Though just a short drive from Jerusalem's modern neighborhoods, once you arrive you can leave the everyday world behind and step back in time. You'll still find the spring, where no doubt Elizabeth drew water for her household. If you arrive in the waning of winter you'll see the almond trees rejoicing in their pink and white blossoms; in summer the grapevines on their terraces still bear fruit. As you watch children at play in the little village park, it's easy to imagine John as a young boy clambering across these very slopes.

 

 

Ein Karem was less than a day's walk from the Temple in Jerusalemto which Zechariah, John's father, would be called to his duties as a priest. It was while serving at the altar of incense in the Temple that Zechariah saw the angel Gabriel, who informed him that his aged wife Elizabeth would give birth after years of barrenness. The shock must have caused Zechariah to forget his manners at angelic meetings! He immediately questioned the angel's words, and so was struck voiceless until the naming ceremony at his son's circumcision.

 

 

 

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