Making Sacred Places Sacred in Israel and Jordan

Several years back on our first trip to Israel, we were taking a taxi to the West Bank to study events on sites. Our wonderful driver was very accommodating. We mentioned several times throughout the day that we wanted to go to Shechem (Nablus today). The day was winding down and he told us that we would not have the time to make that stop. He turned and asked us where we would like to go instead of Shechem.

There was a look of disappointment on our faces, and the driver perceived that no other place would do. He said, "So, you want to go to Nablus, then we will go."

We arrived in the middle of town and the Greek Orthodox church right after closing time. The door was locked, but our driver would not take no for an answer. He was persistent in knocking when finally, an old priest came to the door. The old priest started shaking his head while our driver explained our desire to see Jacob's Well. Once the old priest looked our way and saw the deep desire on our faces, he motioned to us to come in.

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Oberammergau 2020 Guided Tours and Vacations

The premiere of the 42nd Passion Play will be in May 2020. You can pre-register yourself now for one of our renowned land tours and stay in contact with us.

In spring 2019, the names of the actors will be announced. In addition to the major characters of Jesus, Mary, Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas, there are 120 larger and smaller speaking parts. Altogether, more than 2,400 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play.

Rehearsals for the 42nd Passion Play will start in autumn 2019. The first performance of the 2020 Passion Play will be in May with five performances a week until October. More than half a million visitors from around the world are expected to attend. The stage was built in 1928, the auditorium in 1898. For the 2000 Passion Play, the entire Passion Play Theatre will underwent a complete restoration. The Passion Play Theatre has got about 4,500 covered seats.

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