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                                             The Ministry of Christ
                                           7th Bible: New Testament

                                Chapter 3: The Scene of Christ’s Labors
                                 Devotions: Galatians 4:4-7, John 4:1-9

I.     Introduction
        Jesus enters human history. The Creator confines Himself to created time and place.
        2000 years ago
        Born, lived, and died in the land of Palestine
II.    The Land of Palestine
       A. Size: 150 miles long and 50 miles wide (a little smaller than New Jersey)
       B. Importance: location
            1. Central location throughout most of ancient history
            2. Three continents meet in this region: Europe, Asia, and Africa (see map on page 14 of the three
            3. Main trade routes went through this little region
III.   The Features of Palestine
       A. Land Variety (unusual variety within such a small location)
             Mountains covered with snow
             Tropical regions
             Fertile fields
             Rugged hillsides and rocky cliffs
             Desert wastes
       B. Jordan Valley
             Fault valley – very steep sides (in places 1200 feet on each side)
             Jordan river descends very rapidly – very swift current
             Valley far below the rest of the land – tropical climate
       C. Mountains – like a bony spine running from north to south
IV.    The Weather and Climate of Palestine
       A. Summer – too hot and dry for anything to grow
       B. Winter – mild, no frosts, crops grow during winter
       C. Rainfall – only during seven months of year
             October to April
             Former rains (heavy rain in October) and latter rains (heavy rain in April).
             Famine – when the former and/or latter rain does not come, there is the potential for famine.
V.     The Divisions of Palestine (see map on pages 16-17)
       1. Coastal Plain – most often controlled by Philistines except during the reigns of David and Solomon
       2. Shephelah – “lowlands”
       3. Hill Country (Western Highland)
                a. Galilee
                          i. Location where much of Jesus’ ministry took place: Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum
                         ii. Area had free communication with outside world
                                   Often despised by the strict Jews who lived in Judea
                                   They said that it had too much association with the hated Gentiles
                                   “Can any good come out of Nazareth”
                b. Samaria – the Jews hated the Samaritans and would avoid traveling through Samaria
                c. Judea
                          i. Rather barren, rocky, unfertile
                         ii. Location of Jerusalem
       4. Jordan Valley
             Jordan River – begins on the slopes of the mountains of Lebanon, empties into Sea of Galilee,
                continues south through a tropical region, ends in the Dead Sea
       5. Trans-Jordan Plateau
             Steep cliffs on east side of Jordan rise to a high plateau
             Jews would travel on this plateau as they traveled from Judea to Galilee

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