Sunday, November 24, 2019

The calm a half hour from the storm

St George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt
Charlene Brown

Wadi Qelt, said to be the 'valley of the shadow of death' mentioned in Psalm 23, parallels the old Roman road to Jericho, the backdrop of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

St George’s Monastery was originally built in about 500 CE, destroyed by the Persians 140 years later, then rebuilt by Crusaders but abandoned after their defeat.  Restored by Greek monks in the twentieth century, it is now a site of intense Greek Orthodox pilgrimage.

We may visit briefly sites such as Jericho where the action was in Biblical times, during a University of Victoria travel study program in November 2020.  However, as we are unlikely to spend much time in picturesque and now-peaceful locations like Wadi Qelt, I thought I’d paint some of them now.