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New Shoots

Every spring, the Burning Bush puts out new shoots.

In the year 383, Egeria made a pilgrimage from her native Spain to Jerusalem, after which she continued on to Sinai. It took her twenty-two days to travel along the Mediterranean, down the west coast of the Sinai peninsula, and then east to Pharan and Mount Sinai. She writes,

Propterea autem ad caput ipsius vallis exire nos necesse erat, quoniam ibi erant monasteria plurima sanctorum hominum et ecclesia in eo loco, ubi est rubus; qui rubus usque in hodie vivet et mittet virgultas.

It was necessary for us to come out at the head of the valley, because there were very many cells of holy men there, and a church in the place where the bush is, which same bush is alive to this day and throws out shoots.

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