On the lake shore almost two miles west of Capernaum, but still within its influence during the time of Jesus’ mission, is a “place of seven springs,” heptapegon in Greek, which has been Arabicized into Tabgha. Because of the warm spring water, it is an excellent place to cast the net for tilapia, a tasty …


Mount of Beatitudes

The Mount of the Beatitudes is usually considered to be the most strikingly beautiful and serene of the Christian holy places in the country. Additionally, this site has managed to escape much of the commercialism of modern Israel. Tradition places three of the New Testament’s most significant episodes here: the Sermon on the Mount, the …


Mt. Tabor

Travelers passing through the lower Galilee can’t help but be impressed by the splendor of a dome-shaped mountain that towers above the plain. Great stories of the Bible are restored here, like the battle with the king of Hazor recorded in Judges 4 &5. Deborah gazed out at the approaching chariots of the Canaanite army …


Ein Kerem

Ein Kerem is the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. From Luke 1:39, we know that his parents, Elizabeth and Zacharias, were living in the hill country, in a city of Judah, but the town is not named. The Byzantines, it would seem, recognized this village as the place: a pilgrim named Theodosius (530 AD) …


Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the Holy Land, and it has changed remarkably little since the days of Jesus. It is, of course, not a sea, but a freshwater lake, and is known by various names in addition to the Sea of Galilee – to modern-day …



Legend has it that almost immediately after the cruci fixion of Jesus, his followers began to retrace his steps to Calvary. The term Via Dolorosa (The Way of Sor-rows) was popularized in the 16th century and its four teen stations were standardized by the Franciscans during the 19th century. This route led from the Antonia …


Jordan River

The Jordan River is between Israel and Jordan flowing southward from the mountainous area where Israel, Syria and Lebanon meet, through Lake Kinneret to the Dead Sea. The most common explanation for the name of the river is that it derives from the Hebrew words yored Dan (“descending from Dan”). From its sources, the Jordan …



In 1969, archaeologists located the original Bethlehem on a roughly circular mound, 770 meters above sea level and about 400 meters in diameter (including its slopes). The present Church of the Nativity stands on the western end of this tell, which extends to the area of the Milk Grotto and the cemeteries. The mound drops …



The Jezreel Plain is bounded on the north by a ridge. This has a dent in its top. In the bottom of the dent sat the tiny unwalled village where Jesus grew up. Today Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel, numbering 70,000 Muslims and Christians. The conical dome of the Roman Catholic Church …


Cana in Galilee

Dionysus (a.k.a. Bacchus) was a god of wine, beer and hallucinogenic mushrooms, whose cult included phenomena of uninhibited ecstasy (think of a rock concert). His cult was closely associated with the worship of the Roman emperor. He was famous, above all, for transforming things into wine. Recent excavations in Sepphoris and Scythopolis (Beth Shean) have …


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