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"Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way" (Luke 19:1-4, NET Bible).
Mount Gilboa is on the southeastern side of the Jezreel Valley. King Saul felt forced to commit suicide on these slopes when facing certain defeat by the Philistines. In light of Saul and Jonathan's deaths, David cursed the mountain: "O mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, nor fields that yield offerings" (2 Sam 1:21).
This site was insignificant until Herod the Great began to develop it into a magnificent harbor befitting his kingdom. The harbor was built using materials that would allow the concrete to harden underwater. The forty-acre harbor would accommodate 300 ships, much larger than the modern harbor existing today.
Aerial of Nebi Samwil
Though its name identifies it as the home of the prophet Samuel and the tomb of Samuel is here venerated by Muslims and Jews, scholars are agreed that Samuel's home and place of burial are at Ramah, about five miles away. Excavations around the modern building which houses a mosque and a synagogue have revealed significant remains from the Crusader period.
A 1750-foot (530m) tunnel carved during the reign of Hezekiah to bring water from one side of the city to the other, Hezekiah's Tunnel together with the 6th c. tunnel of Euphalios in Greece are considered the greatest works of water engineering technology in the pre-Classical period. Had it followed a straight line, the length would have been 1070 ft (335m) or 40% shorter.
Olives Trees in Gethsemane
Adjacent to the Church of All Nations is an ancient olive garden. Olive trees do not have rings and so their age can not be precisely determined, but scholars estimate their age to anywhere between one and two thousand years old. It is unlikely that these trees were here in the time of Christ because of the report that the Romans cut down all the trees in the area in their siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
Sorek Valley Excavations of Beth Shemesh are visible in the foreground and the Sorek Valley to the west is behind. Samson traveled down this valley numerous times including the time when he killed the lion and later when he tied the tails of 300 foxes together. This was the vantage point of the Israelites who watched the ark of the covenant return to Beth Shemesh on a cow-pulled cart from the land of the Philistines (1 Samuel 6).
Known in the Bible as the "Salt Sea" or the "Sea of the Arabah," this inland body of water is appropriately named because its high mineral content allows nothing to live in its waters. Other post-biblical names for the Dead Sea include the "Sea of Sodom," the "Sea of Lot," the "Sea of Asphalt" and the "Stinking Sea." In the Crusader period, it was sometimes called the "Devil's Sea." All of these names reflect something of the nature of this lake.
View from Azekah
The best view of the valley is from the commanding hilltop of Azekah. This strategic city was wisely fortified by Rehoboam, and it was one of the last cities to fall to the Babylonians in the invasion of Judah in 586 B.C. The valley below is the location of the battle of David and Goliath.
Cave of Adullam
1 Samuel 22 says that David hid in the "cave of Adullam." Today there are many caves at the site and it's not clear which one or ones David used, as many have been used and modified in the years since. While he was here, 400 men who were in debt, distress or discontent, gathered around David.
Genesis 23 records the purchase by Abraham of a plot of ground in Hebron for a burial cave for his wife Sarah. In a deal that foreshadows many such other Middle Eastern deals, Abraham paid an outrageous 400 shekels of silver to Ephron the Hittite. Later Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah would be buried here.
Cenotaph of Isaac
Three major rooms make up the Machpelah. In the center are Abraham and Sarah. On the east side are Isaac and Rebekah; the Jewish people are allowed to visit here only ten days a year. On the west side are the cenotaphs of Jacob and Leah. Rachel was buried near Bethlehem. The pulpit (minbar) was made in 1091 for a mosque in Ashkelon and donated by Saladin in 1191.
Tell Lachish Identified first as Lachish by Albright in 1929, the tell was excavated by James Leslie Starkey 1932-38 and by Tel Aviv University 1973-87. Lachish is generally regarded as the second most important city in the southern kingdom of Judah. It enters the biblical narrative in the battle accounts of Joshua, Sennacherib and Nebuchadnezzar.
Tomb of the Sidonian
Sometime in the Hellenistic (or maybe Persian) period, a group of Sidonians settled at Maresha. This beautifully decorated tomb was used by Apollophanes, the head of the Sidonian settlement for 33 years. It was in use from the 3rd to the 1st centuries B.C. The end of the cave is shaped like a bed and was the resting-place of the Sidonian patriarch. Numerous other burial niches were carved on either side of the chamber.
Herod's Bathhouse Herod had several private bathhouses built at Masada. The caldarium depicted here had a heavy floor suspended on 200 pillars. Outside the room a furnace would sent hot air under the floor. When water was placed on the floor, steam was created. Pipes were built into the walls to help to heat the room.
The isthmus connecting the Peloponnese and mainland Greece is four miles wide and as early as the 6th century B.C., work was begun to dig a canal connecting the Corinthian and Saronic gulfs. This project failed but a paved road (the diolkos) was constructed about 600 B.C. to allow light ships to be hauled overland. The modern canal was completed in the late 19th century.
TOMB OF SAMSON
This is truly Samson’s country – located right in the area of the burly champion’s birth and burial, “between Zor’a and Eshta’ol” (Judges 13:25; 16:31).
King Davids harp
A new strings bridge was constructed on the western entrance to the city, as part of the light rail mass transit system in Jerusalem. The form of the bridge resembles a harp, fitting the image of the "city of David". This new Jerusalem landmark dominates the skyline of the city.
Wy did Lots wife look back and turn in to a piller of salt
Mary Magdalene's skull
The reliquary contains what many believe is Mary Magdalene's skull (below).
Mary’s Well "The spring of the Virgin Mary") is reputed to be located at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God - an event known as the Annunciation.
Rachels Tomb wife of Jacob,
Rachel's Tomb (Hebrew: ;קבר רחלArabic: translit. Qubbat Rakhil, trans. Dome of Rachel),wife of Jacob, is the traditional gravesite of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel and is widely considered the third holiest site in Judaism. It is located in the central West Bank on the outskirts of Bethlehem.
The cave of Prophet Elijah
The cave of Prophet Elijah is one of the most famous, important and sacred caves there are.
The Tomb Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead here.
Tomb of Lazarus
This Orthodox Church was built in the town over the tomb of St. Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha. He died here and was buried in the church named after him. In 890 A.D. his tomb was found bearing the inscription "Lazarus the friend of Christ".
TOMB OF ST MATTHIAS
Acts 1:26 reports that Matthias was chosen to replace Judas because he was a witness to the Resurrection.
Tomb of St. Bartholomew
St. Bartholomew was one of the twelve apostles with Jesus during his earthly ministry.
This is the location were Moses met God at the burning bush it is also were God gave moses the ten commandments
Once called Mt. Eremos, this is an aerial view of the Mount of Beatitudes. It is both mountainous and plains; great acoustics with the hills & contours for the thousands to hear. A land flowing with milk and honey.
Goverment confirms this is Noahs Ark.
OUR SEARCH FOR THE LOST CITIES
Where are these cities that are mentioned in the bible? SODOM and GOMORRAH
ROCK OF HOREB
Exodus 17:6 describes the incident when the Israelites were in the wilderness without water. Moses was upon the rock at Horeb. He struck this rock and obtained drinking water.
The Edicule ("small chapel")
From here, Jesus "was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." (Acts 1:9)
Tomb of Benjamin
Benjamin was the youngest of the sons of Jacob, and head of one of the 12 Tribes of Israel. This tribe was located in the center of Israel, between Judah and Ephraim. The region included parts of Jerusalem, and the cities of Beth-El, Givon and Jericho. Both King Saul, the first Israelite King, and Jermiah, one of the greatest prophets, came from the tribe of Benjamin.
Tomb of Zachariah,
TOMB INSCRIPTION The 47-letter text reads "This is the tomb of Zachariah, martyr, very pious priest, father of John", an apparent reference to the father of John the Baptist.
Yardenit batismal is a popular site in the south end of the Sea of Galilee. At this site, or to the south of this site, was the place where Jesus was baptized by John the baptist, an important event in the life of Jesus.
Succoth from East
The identification of Tell Deir Alla is disputed by scholars, but most believe that it is biblical Succoth. Jacob gave the name to this place when he stopped here and erected booths (succoth; Gen 33). Later Gideon chased the Midianites past Succoth but did not receive help from the town elders (they later regretted their decision). An important archaeological discovery
found here is an 8th century B.C. inscription which mentions the prophet Balaam (cf. Num 22-24).
Plains of Moab
Just prior to entering the Promised Land, the twelve tribes of Israel camped on the "Plains of Moab" on the east side of the Jordan River opposite Jericho. Here Moses delivered his last messages (the Book of Deuteronomy). After his death, the nation remained here for one month to mourn his death. This is also the area where Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Ki 2).
The Lord forbade Moses from entering the Promised Land, but he granted him a spectacular view of it before his death. Climbing Mt. Nebo, Moses was able to see the length and breadth of the land of Canaan. When Moses died, Scripture notes that the Lord buried him and no man knew where exactly he was laid (Deut 34).
Plain of el-Raha Wadi el-Deir connects Jebel Musa to the Plain of el-Raha. Raha means "rest" and according to tradition this is the area where the Israelites camped and the golden calf was forged (Exodus 32). Nearby are the tomb of Sheikh Harun (Aaron) and the chapel of the golden calf.
THE TOMB OF ST SIMEON The egg-like boulder on the plinth is all that remains of the column that Simeon Stylites sat on for over three decades. He died in 459AD, 18m above the ground. Observe the area in front where he was first buried before being dug out and transported to Antioch, and later to Constantinople.
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