FIRST, I'll Repeat the Story of my first visit to the Holy Land with Henry Feyerabend.
(Those who have already read it on this web site may skip to part 2)
My first visit to Israel and to the "Shepherd's Fields" of
where Israeli Tour Guides still tell
the scores of people who arrive
there every day on air-conditioned
tour buses, as I and my wife Edie
did 30 years ago, that the ANGELS
SANG near the "City of David", was
I, Dr. Bob Holt, MD, was a successful Emergency Room Physician at that time, the director of a group of doctors working at Sampson County Memorial Hospital in Clinton, North Carolina. My wife Edie (pictured above) and I lived in our modest little home in Garland, North Carolina (also pictured above) that Edie had decorated in "Country French" style after I had expanded the house to accommodate Edie's four children from a previous marriage. We had rented an empty Presbyterian church on Ingold Avenue, and starting as a Branch Sabbath School had recently gained enough members to become the Garland Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We heard of a tour to Israel to be conducted that year by the Canadian Seventh-day Adventist evangelist Henry Feyerabend and at the proper date, Edie and I were on one of those air-conditioned buses peering out the windows at what our tour guide assured us were the very feilds near to Bethlehem that David as a shepherd boy had tended his flocks while playing his lyre or harp and then one thousand years later, a group of angels had serenaded other shepherds as Christ was being born in a cave nearer Bethlehem now marked with a silver star of David. A very old stone church was built a few centuries later over the cave to be called the "Church of the Nativity." Edie and I got off the bus and toured this church also, along with about 40 other people, mostly Seventh-day Adventists like us.
Pastor Henry Feyerabend
Shepherd's Field near Bethlehem with caves
Silver Star on floor of Church of Nativity
| Later on that same 1983 Holy
Land tour with Pastor Henry Feyerabend, Edie and I toured the Qumran
Monastery and Masada and slept in a hotel along the shore of the Dead
Sea about halfway between Qumran and Masada. I "walked on the
water" there (stepping on barely submerged salt pillars") while Edie
filmed me doing this with my 8 mm movie camera. I did not know
at that time that this was the same very salt water on which Jesus had
"walked" 1950 years previously, a fact that I did not become aware of
until 1992, nine years after my tour with Edie. By then Edie had
divorced me and married Jeris Bragan, a much more accepted Adventist
author than I have been.
The real "Shepherd's Field" at which Essene "Angels" sang is near the Dead Sea and Qumran Monastery at an unmarked site where once stood the "House of the Queen" recorded in the Copper Scroll.
I made this fake news article once I knew in 1992 the true locations.
|Top picture: View of marl cliffs at Qumran from Queen's House|
THE MAJOR CLUE
THAT LUKE'S ACCOUNT OF LUKE CHAPTER 2
IS OF A PLAY, NOT THE REAL BIRTH,
IS THAT HE DATES IT AT A 6 AD CENSUS!