Abu Gosh is a delightful Arab town just outside of Jerusalem to the west. This town has historically been a supporter of the State of Israel. No matter the day or hour, you will find a large number of Israelis here enjoying good food among friends. Here is the ancient city of Kiryat Yearim where the Ark of the Covenant was held for many years before King David brought it to Jerusalem.
Also known as Acco. It’s located north of Haifa on the coast. This city is mentioned once in scripture, Judges 1:31. It is in the land given to the tribe of Asher. Over the millennia it has been controlled by many different ruling countries because of its strategic location. Most notably today is has the remains of an ancient crusader fortress. Here you will be able to wander through the maze of dark narrow tunnels and enjoy this beautiful Mediterranean city. In 1947 a daring escape was made from this prison by the Irgun.
The Banias spring is at Caesarea Philippi. A short distance away it has become a powerful waterfall after losing 190 meters in altitude forming a swift running river that later joins with the Jordan River.
The Romans renamed the city Scythopolis when they conquered the area in 64 BCE making it the capital of the Decapolis. Prior to that, the name of the city was Beit She’an, as it is again today. The city is located about 60 kilometers south of Tiberias in the Jordan Rift Valley. Over the centuries the city has been controlled by various powers. On January 18, 749 the city was destroyed by an earthquake killing thousands and leaving Beit She’an in rubble. Today you can see the well preserved Roman Theater and other remnants of the city. Beit She’an is mentioned several times in the scriptures, the most notable being I Samuel 31:10 when King Saul’s body was fastened to the wall of Beit She’an. In Judges 1:33 it is recorded that the tribe of Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beit She’an.
This port city is located between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It was built by Herod the Great around 25 -13 BCE in honor of Augustus Caesar. Here was the Roman civil and military capital of Judea. In 6 BCE Caesarea became the official residence of Roman procurators and governors. This city is mentioned several times in the book of Acts in the accounts of Cornelius the Centurion (10) and Paul’s journeys (9:30, 18:22, 21:8) and later imprisonment before being taken to Rome (23:23 25:1-13). Today you can see the ancient aqueduct that fed fresh water to the city, Herod’s palace, the amphitheater, and much more. Caesarea is located in the western portion of the tribal area of Manasseh.
Also known as Banias. The Romans renamed the city Caesarea Philippi in honor of Augustus Caesar. Caesarea Philippi is located at the foot of Mt. Hermon. The most notable scripture reference to this location is found in Matthew 16:13 ff where Jesus says to Peter, “…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Today you can see the remains of ancient pagan worship and the Banias spring which is one of the three sources of the Jordan River.
Known in Hebrew as Kfar Nahum, is located at the northern end of the Sea of Galilee. Here is where Jesus made his home during His three years of ministry, “…and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.” Matthew 4:13. Capernaum, along with Chorazin and Bethsaida, are the three cities He condemned in Matt 11:20 ff. John 6:59 states that He taught in the synagogue in Capernaum. Today you can see the remains of a synagogue that its basalt stone base dates back to the first century. Here too, Jesus called several of His disciples. Capernaum is in the tribe of Naphtali.
In ancient times cities were built with a main street running through the center of it, the cardo. It is from this word that we have “cardiology.” Here would be the heart of the city with shops lining both sides of the street. In Jerusalem’s Old City Jewish Quarter, you can see the remains of the cardo from first century that has been partially restored to its appearance at the time of Jesus. Nearby is the new cardo that is lined with upscale shops.
Cave of John the Baptist
About two miles from Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist, is Kibbutz Tzuba. On this kibbutz there is a cave that many are saying is a cave that John used for either training disciples, or for religious ceremonies. Inside the cave were found etchings on the wall and ceiling seeming to depict the life of John. At the bottom of the entrance stairs there is a large stone with an imprint the size and shape of a foot with a smaller hole just to the left. This could have been used in a religious ceremony like foot washing and/or anointing. Further into the cave is water that could have been used as a mikveh for baptizing. Archeologists believe this cave was originally carved in 800-500 BCE and used from the beginning as a ritual bath. If that is true, this is one of the oldest found.
Church of Gallicantu
Located just outside the Old City Walls of Jerusalem on the eastern side. Many believe that this is the location of Caiaphas House were on the night that Jesus was arrested He was held in one of the crypts below. Today you can still see the game boards etched into the stone were Roman guards passed time while watching their captives. Here too would have been were Peter denied Jesus three times as recorded in scripture (Luke 22:54-62).
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Located in the Old City of Jerusalem in the Muslim Quarter. The church was originally built by the mother of Constantine in 330 BCE. Here is one of the suggested locations where Jesus was both crucified and buried. Today this church is used by several denominations including: Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Armenian, Ethiopian Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, and Coptic Orthodox.
Israel National Park of Ein Gedi has several hike paths for a variety of abilities. One of the favorite hikes is to David’s Spring. Along the way you can enjoy a variety of wildlife.
The Davidson Center is located near the Western Wall. Here you can view a state of the art computer generated visual of the second Temple. Also available is a tour of the Jerusalem Archeological Park where you can see the remains of the destruction of the Temple Mt. from 70 CE including the Southern steps. Many believe that it was here that Acts 2 took place.
The lowest point on earth at 400 meters (1369 feet) below sea level. It’s located east of Jerusalem and continues south. The Sea is 31.5 % salt enabling you to float in its thick calm waters. There at a total of 21 minerals found in the Sea that are used in a variety of health products. Dotting the coastline are many spas for relaxation, and some for more serious skin problems. The main source of water into the Sea is from the Jordan River; however, along the edge of the Sea and the mountains that rise above, you will find fresh water springs. The Western side of the Dead Sea belongs to the tribe of Judah.
This is located on the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba of the Red Sea and is Israel’s most southern city. This wonderful resort area draws visitors year round with its warm winter climate. The beautiful coral and abundance of colorful fish are a diver’s dream come true! And if you are more timid, you can always go for a ride on one of the under water boats. If you are looking for something above water you can parasail, hike in the Eilat mountains, or go for a camel ride in the desert—and much more! This seaside resort and port city of today was also an important location in biblical days. Eilat is mentioned in the scriptures in several places. II Kings 14:22 states that Eilat was built and restored to Judah.
If you are ready for a hike or Safari Jeep tour in the Negev here’s a place for you. This site is located next to Kibbutz Sede Boker where Ben Gurion and his wife spent their later years and are both buried.
This resort area is on the southern end of the Dead Sea. Here you will find many hotels for pure relaxation or a full range of skin and beauty treatments.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
This popular reserve is located next to the Dead Sea and is home to a large ibex and coney population. You will see these delightful animals as you hike along rugged paths that lead to beautiful waterfalls scattered along the way. You can select from several paths according to your ability and time. Ein Gedi is mentioned several times in scripture mostly in connection with King David. (I Sam 23:29; 24:1; II Chron 20:2; and Ezek 47:10)
Ein Karem is a small village a few kilometers west of Jerusalem. This is believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist though it can not be known for certain. It is recorded in Luke 1:39 “. . . Mary arose and went with haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah . . .” Here you will find a church to commemorate this as the birthplace of John the Baptist. Today this is a charming village with good restaurants!
Elah Valley is where David slew Goliath as recorded in I Samuel 17. The army of the Philistines assembled at Socoh in the land of Judah to do battle when the anointed young man, David, came in the name of the Lord to defeat Goliath. Elah valley is not too far from the ancient, and modern city of Beit Shemesh.
Garden of Gethsemane
As recorded in scripture (Matt. 26:36; Mark 14:23) here is where Jesus withdrew to pray, and was then arrested. A short distance away is the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem with the Golden Gate.
The Garden Tomb is one of the possible locations of Jesus burial tomb. If not the real one, it is an excellent representation of what it could have been like. Today there is a beautiful garden surrounding the tomb and many Christians have a communion service here. Its location is a short distance from today’s Damascus Gate of the Old City.
This is the area to the east and north of the Sea of Galilee. Golan is first recorded in the scriptures in Deut 4:43, “…and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.” Golan was the name of a city in the area of Bashan. The area of Bashan was the portion assigned to the half-tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 13:29-31). The Greeks referred to this area as ”Gaulanitis.” During the millennia this area has changed hands a number of times, but since 1967 this area belongs to Israel. Today the Golan Heights is mainly an agricultural area. As you travel through the Golan you will find a large number of Druz villages.
This beautiful overlook from the southern part of Jerusalem to the Old City and Garden of Gethsemane is a favorite stop whether by day or night. Here you will find families gathered for a Shabbat afternoon outing or other festive occasion.
This is an ancient Canaanite city that was first mentioned in Joshua 11 when the king of that city called together an army to combat the approaching army of Joshua. Even though Joshua and his army were far outnumbered, the Lord gave them victory. Joshua returned to Hazor and burned it to the ground. No other city did Joshua burn. In Joshua 19:36, Hazor is listed as one of the cities of Naphtali. Hazor is mentioned number of other times including I Kings 9:15 stating that the city was rebuilt by King Solomon. Again in Jeremiah 49:33 is states that, “Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, a desolation forever; no one will live there, nor will a son of man reside in it.” Today you can visit the excavation, but there are no inhabitants around this ancient city.
Hamat Gader is located just 7 miles east of the southern end of the Sea of Galilee in the Yarmuk River valley. Though it is in the territory given to Manasseh it was eventually captured by the Romans. Here you will see an ancient synagogue and Roman baths. You can also take a dip in the hot springs or visit the mini wildlife preserve. If you have time, sign up for a message!
Many sites across the land are based on tradition, but Hezekiah’s Tunnel is the real thing. Recorded in II Kings 20:20 and II Chronicles 32:30 are the accounts confirming that Hezekiah was responsible for this tunnel. Entrance to the tunnel is located in the City of David (II Samuel 5:7) excavations, and exits at the Pool of Siloam (John 9:7). Every week hundreds pass through this ancient tunnel with flashlight in hand exploring this ancient marvel.
The Israel Museum is a fabulous sprawling museum located near the Knesset in Jerusalem. Here you actually find several museums in one, including the Shrine of the book that is dedicated to the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Second Temple Model. Though only begun in 1965 you will find it a superb museum with many exhibits and programs to captivate you for hours!
Jewish Quarter Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem officially has four sections: Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter and the Muslim Quarter. You may enter directly into the Jewish Quarter today by either the Dung Gate or the Zion Gate. This beautiful historic section contains homes, businesses, the Cardo, the Temple Mt, the Western Wall, and more!
This fertile Jezreel Valley is known as the bread basket of Israel and is located east the Carmel Mt range and to the west of Mt Gilboa. Its size is approximately 15 miles by 30 miles. Joshua 19:17-23 outlines the tribal territory of Issachar and includes Jezreel. Megiddo sits to the south with a great vantage point of the entire valley. Here is where in Revelation 16:16 speaks of the great battle that will take place at Armageddon (Har Megiddo).
The Jordan River runs the eastern length of the modern day Israel beginning in the northern reaches of the State. It flows through the Sea of Galilee and the Aravah to the Dead Sea. Along the way the Jordan River is fed by several tributaries. We find many references to the Jordan River in scripture including Mark 1:5 when John was baptizing in this river. In Mark 1:9-11 it’s recorded that John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.
Katsrin is located about 13 kilometers northeast of the Sea of Galilee and is both a modern day town as well as a reconstruction of an ancient Jewish village. This town is located in the tribal area of Manasseh. In 1967 archeologists uncovered a synagogue from the 4th-5th centuries that you can see restored today along with many other buildings and implements.
The Knesset is Israel's Parliament House which first convened February 14, 1949. Here the Knesset enacts laws and supervises the work of the government. Today the Knesset is located in Jerusalem and just across the street is the giant Menorah that was donated to the State of Israel in 1956 by the members of the British Parliament.
The Kidron Valley is located on the eastern side of the Old City Jerusalem, between the Temple Mt and between the Mt of Olives. The scriptures speak often of the Brook Kidron which is the Kidron Valley. In ancient times there was a brook that flowed through it most of the year. As time has passed and this valley has been filled with many things including those recorded in I Kings 15:13 and II Kings 23:6-12. Today only during the winter rainy season can you still see water collect in this valley. In John 18:1 it is recorded that Jesus crossed this valley on His way to a garden (Gethsemane). As the valley travels south it is met with the Hinnom Valley that travels up the western side of the Old City.
Korazin is located at the northwestern end of the Sea of Galilee. It is one of the three cities
(Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum) that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 11:20-24. Among the black basalt stone ruins you will see the remains of a “Moses Seat” where the Torah reader sat. Korazin is in the territory of Naphtali.
This Byzantine Monastery located on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee was uncovered by accident in 1971. Since then it has been excavated and opened to the public. It is believed that the Monastery was built here to commemorate Matthew 8:28 when Jesus delivered the two demon possessed men and cast the demons into pigs. Today most agree that this was probably not the exact location.
Although Masada is not mentioned in the Bible by name, it is possible that this was David’s place of refuge during his flight from Saul, and where he wrote some of his Psalms. If so, David was probably referring to Masada as the “stronghold” (I Sam 22:4-5; 24:22), using it to depict God as his fortress and rock of refuge (Ps 18:2, 31; 71:3; 144:2). During the reign of Herod the Great he built for himself a fabulous palace at Massada which you can still see the remains of today. This mountaintop fortress was destroyed in 73 CE by the Romans after a group of Jewish zealots held up there for 3 years following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.
This ancient city is one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world. That is due to its strategic location at the southern entrance to the Jezreel Valley that guarded the trade route, Via Maris, that connected Egypt with Mesopotamia. Here at Tel Megiddo you will see where there have been 30 layers of ancient cities signifying the importance of this ancient city. Megiddo has been recorded many times throughout the scriptures. This city of Megiddo is in the land given to the tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 17:11). This is the city noted as Armageddon (Har Megiddo) in Revelation 16:16.
Mt. Arbel is high above the modern day city of Tiberias, and overlooks the Sea of Galilee. From here you have a beautiful panoramic view of the northern area of the Sea. Located just below is the Valley of Doves and to your left you will see the Horns of Hittim. A modern day moshav is located on top of Mt. Arbel. For those hikers with no fear of heights, you can both hike up to the top (early if in the summer!) or down to the bottom. Mt. Arbel is in the territory of Naphtali.
Mt. of Beatitudes
At the north end of the Sea of Galilee there is a natural amphitheater from the edge of the Sea (Sowers Cove) reaching up to below the Catholic chapel at the Mt. of Beatitudes. The chapel was built in 1939 in remembrance of the Sermon on the Mount. Though we can not be certain that this is the location of the sermon, it does fit what we do know about this event as recorded in Matthew 5. Today it is a beautiful place to recall the Sermon on the Mount, and to imagine Jesus talking there with His disciples with the Sea of Galilee as their backdrop.
Mt. Carmel is a long ridge located in the northwestern part of the country just south and east of
Haifa. It was on top of Mt. Carmel where Elijah, the Prophet of God, defeated the priests of Ba’al (I Kings 18:20-40). Today there is a Carmelite monastery commemorating this event, and from here you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area including the Jezreel Valley. The Mt. Carmel region was allotted to the tribe of Asher (Joshua 19:26).
This is Israel’s largest mountain and considered by some at the location for the transfiguration recorded in Matthew 17 and Mark 9. It is located in the northern most part of modern day Israel. Most of the year you will find snow on top of Mt. Hermon, and in the winter months you find Israelis snow skiing! The melting of this snow is a large contributor to the Jordan River. Mt. Hermon was given to the half tribe of Manasseh (Duet. 3; Jos 13; I Chron 5:23).
Mt. of Olives
The Mt of Olives is located to the east of the Temple Mount separated be the Kidron Valley. In II Samuel 15:30 we read that David ascended the mount weeping with his head covered and bare-footed as he fled from Absalom. Centuries later we have accounts of Jesus on this same mount many times (Matt 24:3; Matt 26:30; Lu 21:37; Lu 22:39). In Acts 1:12 it’s recorded that Jesus’ ascension was from this mount. The prophet Zechariah speaks of the end of days when God will Himself battle Jerusalem’s foes, “…in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east…” At the foot of the Mt. of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane.
Mt. Scopus is located in the northern area of the city of Jerusalem. Historically this mount has been a source of defense for the city from the north. Today on this mount you will find both Hebrew University, and Hadassah Hospital. Here too is a magnificent panoramic view of Jerusalem. From here you can understand the geographical design of this beautiful city, the City of God.
With this re-creation of the village of Nazareth of 2,000 years ago you can see what it may have looked like when the child, Jesus, lived there. It comes complete with small farm, carpenter’s shop, winepress, synagogue, and more. The Nazareth Village combines the latest archeological information and history, with the life of Jesus for your enjoyment.
Neot Kedumim is a biblical landscape reserve located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Here you will have a unique introduction to the natural treasures and beauty of ancient Israel. The centuries have eroded that which was once Israel’s terrain and plant life but Neot Kedumim has restored much of that for us to see today. So much of the scriptures use not only the agricultural seasons, but all of the land. The scriptures take on new understanding as you see the world’s only biblical landscape reserve.
Kibbutz Nof Ginosar is located on the western side of the Sea of Galilee just north of Tiberias. This seaside resort kibbutz is home to the “Ancient Boat” or “Jesus Boat.” This boat was found by two brothers from the kibbutz in 1986 after a drought. It had been submerged in the mud on the edge of the Sea of Galilee since the first century and today is beautifully displayed here at the kibbutz.
Old City, Jerusalem
Today modern Jerusalem is a large sprawling city but ancient Jerusalem, or the Old City, is a relatively small area on the eastern side. As in days of old the city is surrounded by a stone wall and has several well known gates including: Jaffa Gate, Zion Gate, Damascus Gate and the Golden Gate. However this last one is sealed. The city is divided into four sections: Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter and Muslim Quarter. Of course the heart of the Old City is the Temple Mount site of the twice destroyed Jewish Temple.
Old City, Jaffa
The Old City of Jaffa (Joppa) is located on the Mediterranean Sea at the southern end of the city of Tel Aviv. Historically, this port city has changed political hands many times over the centuries. Biblically, Jaffa has been mentioned several times in scripture. Jonah sailed from the Jaffa (Joppa) port (Jonah1:3). It was here in Jaffa that Peter went to Tabitha and raised her from the dead. (Acts 9:36) He then stayed in Jaffa many days with Simon the tanner. Here he had a vision (Acts 10:9) before going off to Caesarea. Originally this city belonged to the tribe of Dan. Today the Old City of Jaffa has been restored for tourists to shop and to recall its long history.
Qumran is located at the northwest end of the Dead Sea, some 1,200 ft. below sea level. In 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were found here in a cave by a Bedouin man. Due to the climate at the Dead Sea, the Scrolls were uniquely preserved for these 2,000 years. It is generally accepted that the community living here were Essenes, a sect of Judaism during Second Temple time. The Israel Parks site for Qumran states, that there are a number of parallels from the recorded words of Jesus, Paul and John with those of the Essene community. Though neither Qumran nor the Essenes are mentioned in scripture, it is believed by some that the man spoken of in Luke 22:10-13 was an Essene.
The Rainbow Cave is located in Western Galilee and is a beautiful location for a great hike and rappelling.
Makhtesh Ramon is located in the Negev desert half way between Eilat and Beer Sheva. It stretches 40 kilometers in length, 2 to 5 kilometers in width, and 500 meters in depth. The Makhtesh Ramon is the largest of three makhtesh in Israel. Here is the only place you will find this kind of geological formation. The Makhtesh Ramon is an animal refuge to many wild animals that were beginning to disappear from Israel. Today if you have a quick, sharp eye you might see leopards, hyenas, gazelles, wolves, red foxes, Afghan foxes and other rodents and reptiles. Located at the northern side of the Makhtesh is Mitzpe Ramon, the only town in or on the edge of the makhtesh. The tribe of Simeon settled here in the Negev. In later years the Nabateans cut across the Makhtesh as part of their Spice Route.
The best know reference to the Red Sea is the crossing of the Hebrews when they left Egypt in Exodus 13:18. It is thought by many that the name was actually Sea of Reeds but was misquoted as Red Sea. The length of the sea is 1900 kilometers, but at its northern end it divides into two gulfs with the Sinai Peninsula between the two. On the right side is the Gulf of Aqaba where Eilat is located, and on the left side is the Gulf of Suez. Today the Red Sea is known for being a scuba divers’ delight with its underwater world of beautifully colored fish and unique coral.
These white chalk cliffs overlooking the Haifa Bay of the Mediterranean are on the border with Lebanon. Just south of Rosh Hanikra is the ancient town of Misrephoth-maim that is mentioned in Judges 13:6. This area was given to the tribe of Asher as recorded in Joshua 19:24-31. This area was on an important trade route linking the northern and southern countries. So too it was an import location during Israel’s war for Independence in 1948. Today a cable car takes you to the caves for exploring. Hiking and rappelling are offered at these beautiful seaside cliffs with their natural and manmade caves.
Sataf is located west of Jerusalem. Here the Jewish National Fund is re-creating this area as it once was with its terraced slops for natural farming techniques that were used in ancient times. Among the terraces you will find five different marked hikes for your enjoyment.
Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is located in the northern part of Israel in the Jordan Rift Valley between the Golan Heights on the east and the Arbel Cliffs on the west. At the north end of the Sea of Galilee is Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum where Jesus spent most of his 3 years of ministry. The Sea of Galilee is a fresh water body but there are saline springs that contribute some water. Three tribes of Israel surrounded the Sea of Galilee: the Half Tribe of Manasseh on the east and northeast; Naphtali on the west and northwest; and Gad at the very southern tip. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee for a totally different perspective of the area!
Second Temple Model
The Second Temple Model is located in Jerusalem at the Holy Land Hotel. It was begun in 1964, and since then it has been meticulously maintained with the most up-to-date archeological and historical data. It is the city of Jerusalem re-built to scale (1:50) complete with Jerusalem stone.
Sde Boker is a kibbutz that began in 1952 and is located deep in the Negev Desert. The former Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, believed that the future of Israel as in the desert. In 1963 he and his wife, Paula, moved to this kibbutz and are now buried near by. You can also tour their home on the kibbutz. Today this kibbutz has one of the three campuses of the Ben Gurion University. Nearby are several choices for a desert hike.
The southern steps to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is where it is believed by many that Acts 2 took place. Here today you can see much of the remains of the steps with the Hulda Gates above and many mikvot (mikvah) just below.
Tabgha is located on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee just two miles from Capernaum. Here at Tabgha there were 7 springs of which today 6 have been found. It is believed that the name Tabgha came from a corruption of the Greek name, Heptapegon which means “seven springs.” These warm springs were a drawing place for the fish, and therefore the fishermen! Here also is the traditional location of the calling of the first disciples by Jesus as recorded in Matthew 4:18-22.
The city of Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is a mixture of business and seaside resort. About 15 kilometers away is Israel’s main international airport, Ben Gurion. The city began with the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek in 1887 by Aharon Shlush 22 years before Tel Aviv was actually begun. Mr. Shlush was a businessman who wanted to get away from the crowded living situation in Jaffa. Another neighborhood was near by, Achuzat Bayit, which the two eventually joined forming the beginnings of Tel Aviv.
Here at Tel Dan you can see the remains of an ancient city that dates back to Abraham. Here too is where the Tribe of Dan chose to settled (Judges 18:9) leaving their allotted portion behind. This reserve is a beautiful Garden of Eden experience as you walk through the lush growth next to the rushing river and many springs. Here begins the Dan River which is one of the three sources for the Jordan River. The Dan River receives her water from the melting snow of Mt. Hermon. Here is where pieces of an ancient basalt stele (stone column) were found that had etched on it in ancient Aramaic “House of David.” This is the first non-biblical record found confirming the existence of King David.
The Temple Mount is located in Jerusalem’s Old City, Jewish Quarter. The Second Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av, 70 CE by the Romans. Today you can see the retaining wall of the Temple Mount and several archeological sites and presentations.
This area is located west and north of the Sea of Galilee, extending up to the Lebanese border.
The “Finger of the Galilee” includes Metula and Qiriyat Shemona and the rivers of Dan and Banias.
We have recorded in scripture (Matt 26:17; Mark 14:12; Luke 22) the events leading up to the last Pesach Seder (Passover meal) that Jesus had with His disciples. Here in the upper room was the “Lord’s Supper” instituted. Today you can see a large upper room located just outside the Old City Walls. Though is gives a visual of what that room could have looked like, this one is not the actual one.
The Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Greif) winds through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem commemorating the last hours of Jesus from when He was condemned to His execution. Due to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE the exact path is uncertain. The Via Dolorosa was begun by the Franciscan Monks in the 14th century.
The Western Wall is in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City Jerusalem. It is actually part of the exposed retaining wall for the Temple Mount. You can find men and women praying at the Wall all hours of the day and night. Today the Western Wall is considered by Jewish people to be the most sacred place that they have without the Temple. The Western Wall is the closest you can get to the Holy of Holies. From here you can see the Temple Mount platform as it is today.
Western Wall Tunnel Tours
The Western Wall Tunnel Tours take you deep within the ancient pathways along the retaining wall as you learn how the Temple Mt. was constructed. It is a fascinating journey into the history of the Temple Mount.
The Tabernacle was the God designed place given to the Hebrews (Exodus 25:1-9) to commune with Him after they left Egypt as they began their 40 year trek through the desert. The God of Israel gave to those chosen artisans the skills and abilities (Exodus 31:1-11) needed to craft the implements. Today you can see this life size replica of the Tabernacle in the Judean Desert at the Kibbutz Almog in the Jordan Valley.
Yad Vashem is Israel’s Holocaust memorial. In the spring of 2005 Yad Vashem opened its doors to the newly renovated museum. On the grounds you see the trees planted for the many Righteous Gentiles. In other buildings you find the Eternal Flame in remembrance of the 6 million that died, and the Children’s Memorial. Yad Vashem has the world’s largest repository of information for history and education on the Holocaust.
The Yardenit is located at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee where the Jordan River exits the Sea. This site is owned by Israel’s second oldest kibbutz, the Kineret Kibbutz. With the dawn of the new millennium, many improvements to the site have been made to welcome the Christian and offer a beautiful location for your baptism, or rededication baptism, here in Israel.