A new movie that explores a historic biblical road known as "Route 60" will build viewers' faith as it takes them on a journey to the sites of the Bible, says David Friedman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
Friedman and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are co-hosts in the upcoming movie Route 60: The Biblical Highway. The film follows Friedman and Pompeo as they travel from Nazareth to Beersheba along a modern paved highway that is the same path as a 3,000-year-old ancient road. Friedman is Orthodox Jew, and Pompeo is Christian.
The film will be in theaters Sept. 18-19.
"These things actually happened," Friedman told Christian Headlines, referencing the events of Scripture.
"You can bring the Bible back to life by coming to these places," Friedman said. "And I think when you can do that, in my own personal experience, it's massively more powerful than just studying."
In the movie, Friedman and Pompeo visit the sites of the Old Testament patriarchs and the places where Jesus and the apostles walked.
The road, Friedman asserted, is filled with history.
"In ancient times, 3,000 years ago, 2,000 years ago, there was a temple in Jerusalem, and pilgrims from all over Israel would come to Jerusalem," he noted. "Well, they took this road. So the road is over 3,000 years old. It didn't have asphalt and blacktop or lane markers, but that road was there, and it was walked by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, King David, King Solomon, [and] Jesus.
"And almost all of the biblical stories that we learned about when we were younger and we still study to this day, they all occurred, or most of them occurred, on the road, or within a kilometer or two of the road," Friedman added.
Friedman said two of his favorite sites involved the patriarch Joseph: Joseph's tomb and Joseph's altar.
"It's a very, very affirming experience," Friedman concluded.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.