Daily Archives: May 8, 2011

Journey to Israel, Day 2

Statue of Faith

Jaffa or Joppa (Hebrew: Yafo), is one of the oldest port cities in the world. Today it has lost its independent identity, after Tel Aviv, to the north, incorporated it within itself. But Jaffa still has a lot of history, in the Old and New Testaments.

The prophet Jonah, trying to run from his responsibility as a prophet, boarded a ship at Jaffa to get to Tarshish (probably the modern Gibraltar). God, of course, is not the sort of Commanding Officer that one can run away from for very long. Jonah himself tells his own humiliating story of how a great fish (probably not a whale) swallowed him and carried him in his belly for three days and nights. This even prefigured the death and burial of Christ, Who lay in the ground for three days and nights, until His Resurrection.