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March 20, 2013

A Biblical Experience

Capernaum First Century Village performances take visitors back in time to days of Exodus, Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection

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A cast of 75 actors, dressed as Egyptians and Israelites performing in and around the replica Biblical-era village with its true stone buildings, gardens, statues, pathways and displays will lead people through an interactive and truly personal experience of the period beginning when Pharaoh had enslaved the Israelites through the time of Jesus’ betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection.

It is a walking tour (accommodations are made for those with limited physical abilities) that one can do in whatever order they wish. There is the statue garden with 13 statues that takes visitors on a path from God’s creation of heaven and earth to the tomb of Jesus’ resurrection.

Inside a pavilion, a Jewish scholar will be on hand to provide a 20-minute program educating people about Passover Seder, a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The Path of Plagues is a guided, interactive experience that whisks people away to the time of the book of Exodus, leading them through the 10 plagues God cast upon the Egyptians, which had enslaved Jews under the rule of the Pharaoh. The trail includes several surprises, including an actual hail storm (don’t worry, you will be safe under shelter) and a long, pitch-black tunnel to experience the plague of darkness. That leads to a home of an Egyptian family to experience their angst and fear and hear their wails as the plague of death of the first born passes.

From there, people will be led to the first century village, moving ahead in time to the New Testament period of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas, his surrender, death and resurrection. Groups will be guided through several buildings and homes in the village for portrayals of various stories during this period, with the actors interacting with their “strange visitors” from another time.

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