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Celebrating the Ruins of A King

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Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn’t much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered... Read More

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