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Visiting Caesarea Philippi: Place of Jesus’ most important ‘quiz’.

Welcome to another video blog from a recent trip to Israel.

This is one of my favorite sites, Caesarea Philippi, filled with spiritual insights. Because there are two “Caesarea’s” mentioned in the New Testament, it’s helpful to understand their distinctions. One is on the Mediterranean sea (Caesarea Maritima) on Israel’s western coast and was the site of one of Herod’s castles as well as where Paul was held before he was taken as a prisoner to Rome. An earlier vlog (video blog) on it can be found here.

This second ‘Caesarea’ (Caesarea Philippi) I wrote about in depth in a blog about 18 months ago and refer to it here in case you missed it. The location is mentioned just twice in the Gospels, once in Matt. 16:13 and the other in Mark 8:27.  In both Gospel versions, Jesus has warned the disciples of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees, or their false teachings.   Then he leads them to this place with its unusual history and asks them if they know who he truly is.  Understanding why Jesus led his disciples 18 miles to teach a single lesson (his identity as Christ) is powerful. Combining the written text and video will I hope, bring it to life for you.

Please feel free to share your insights on the below (and share this post with fellow travelers). We love hearing from you.

A fellow traveler,


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Nancy Mooslin
Nancy Mooslin
April 3, 2017 3:50 pm

Madelon, I just love the power and clarity of your knowedlge and insights! The video brings back wonderful memories, helps me relive and inspiring trip. Thank You!!

Michael Blitchtein
April 3, 2017 7:04 pm

Madelon, thank you kindly for your so inspired video with some new insights regarding Christ Jesus as our Saviour. Still under impression of your seminars here in Melbourne/

Carey Arber
Carey Arber
April 4, 2017 3:59 am

So much great stuff to learn… your hard work is a great gift to many. Thank you very much, Madelon! Your generosity shines.

Todd Herzer
April 4, 2017 7:52 am

Most insightful posting ever! Keep up the good work Madelon.

Kaarin Brown
Kaarin Brown
April 4, 2017 8:53 am

Yes, Madelon, this is so clarifying, especially considered in the light of Matthew’s expanded narrative.

Anne Cooling
Anne Cooling
April 4, 2017 11:15 am

Just love the insight here Madelon. Thank you

Kathleen Ramp
Kathleen Ramp
April 4, 2017 2:31 pm

Yes, this gives helpful background and insight into Jesus’ question and the disciples’ response. Thank you for sharing, Madelon!

February 18, 2018 8:01 pm

These video clips offer such insight, fresh background glimpses into Holy Land sites. Leaves us wanting to learn more!

Charmaine Gmills
Charmaine Gmills
March 8, 2018 11:24 am

Tell me more. Just love your simple explanations

Lynda Miller
Lynda Miller
July 26, 2020 7:25 am

Thank you, Madelon for this background. It makes the story so much stronger.

Rosalie Hakaraia
Rosalie Hakaraia
August 18, 2020 7:23 pm

Just read your blog on visiting Caesarea Phillipi what a beautiful insight, very inspiring thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. All these Bible verses are familiar to me but learning their background history just takes them to another level. Feeling so blessed.

Linda Conner
Linda Conner
June 8, 2021 5:22 pm

I just listened to Day 6 – The Galilee – and got to travel with you virtually to Caesarea Philippi! What an epiphany! My favorite personal epiphany of a few years ago was when I saw that the devils always knew when Jesus approached that he was without a doubt – the Christ (even when his cousin John the Baptist still questioned!). But I hadn’t thought through that even his disciples weren’t clear about his identity until at this place with the Master. How amazing that he loved them so much to bring them here, and declare in front of… Read more »

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