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A new way to walk in the footsteps of Jesus

Long walks in Israel;

Esther Hecht's Blog

Jesus Christ has been big business in the Holy Land for centuries, ever since Saint Jerome and Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, made pilgrimages de rigueur for the faithful.

Today pilgrimages are even bigger business. The promise of a life-changing experience while walking where Jesus walked, preached, died, and was resurrected attracted more than a million Christian pilgrims in 2010, according to Uri Sharon, of the religious tourism desk in Israel’s Tourism Ministry.

In the hope of increasing that number, this week Israel launched a new tourism “product”: the Gospel Trail. It consists of more than 60 kilometers (37 miles) of footpaths and roads between Nazareth and Capernaum, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus began his public ministry. It was in Capernaum that he taught in the synagogue, found his first disciples, and performed miracles of healing.

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