Sunday, 22 June 2014

Circuit Away day at Bagley Baptist Church

Cafe area

The view from Bagley Baptist Church

Craft Group

The Mendips from the Church

Mens synchronized swimming team at the Comcert !

Commonwealth entry?

Cafe Worship

Bagley Baptist from the Car Park

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Jordan - An Adventure of a Lifetime!



The 2014 Circuit Pilgrimage to
‘The Other Holy Land’


Jerash (Biblical Gerasa) was one of the most important cities of the Decapolis.  (The Decapolis – Ten Cities – was a province to the east of Palestine and at the extreme fringe of the Roman Empire in the Middle East.  These Greco-Roman cities were centres of trade, culture and administration, as well as being buffers between the Roman Empire and the Persian Empire.  Jesus visited at least some of the Decapolis cities (See Mark 7:31).
 

Hadrian’s Arch, Jerash.  This massive triumphal arch was built to commemorate the Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Jerash in AD 129.  It was constructed about 500 yards outside the city walls, near the Southern Gate.  It is probable that plans were approved for an expansion of the city, indicative of its wealth and importance in the Decapolis, but the expansion did not take place.



The South Gate, Jerash.  The main entrance from the south was built into the much older city walls, seen to the left and right.  It was probably constructed about the same time as Hadrian’s Arch.




The Oval Forum from the Temple of Zeus.  The Temple of Zeus, built on higher ground, dominated the city.  In front was the magnificent Forum, framed by 56 Ionic columns.  Note the entrance to the Cardo Maximus at the ‘eleven o’clock’ position







The Cardo Maximus (Main Street) of Jerash from the Oval Forum.  Corinthian columns line this 800 metres-long avenue.  The original paving stones reveal the ruts worn into the stone by chariot wheels.  Notice the ‘speed-bump’ at the entrance to the Cardo.  Sidewalks and shops lined either side of the street.  A drainage system underneath the cambered paving stones disposed of rain water run-off.




The South Theatre.  This beautifully preserved theatre, one of two in the city, was constructed about AD 92, during the reign of the Emperor Domitian.  Greek letters are carved into some front row seats, which were probably reserved for prominent citizens.  The theatre seated about 4000 persons. 

The Stage of the South Theatre.  Statues of the gods were placed in the niches in front of the stage and in the wall at the back.  The stage wall was originally on two levels.