The little village of Bethany with the adjoining village of Bethpage rest on the Eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. It was and is the area from which the Palm Sunday procession began. A beautiful little church commemorates three events in the life of the Lord. 1. Here he stayed at the home of …



Deep in the Syro-African rift valley, at almost 900 feet below sea level, lies this Palestinian Arab city, the Biblical “city of palm trees” (Deuteronomy 34:1-3). It owes its long existence in part to an excellent spring (4.4 cubic meters per minute). At one time purified by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:19-22), the spring …



In Scripture, the Messiah is called “Immanuel,” or “God with us” (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23). Immanuel came to live in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. Back in those days when one went to the shuk (open market) to buy grapes, he might just happen to see Jesus also buying grapes. Imagine the King of …


Primacy of Peter

“The third time he said to him: ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’.” (John 21:17) A chapel on the lake shore – a short distance from the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes – marks the site where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus appeared to his disciples for the …


Caesarea Maritima

Roman Bridgehead to the East, Christian Springboard to the West The Romans had strong interests in the eastern Mediterranean seaboard. They needed it as a buffer against Parthia, their main enemy in the East (based where Iran is today). They had to protect the land and sea routes between Rome and Egypt, for the latter …


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