Herodium

Herodium Seven miles south of Jerusalem is Herodium. We will get a great opportunity on this trip to visit the place that is believed to be Herod the Great’s tomb. He built this fortress as his palace between 23 -15 BCE. It is 758 meters above sea level and the highest elevation in the Judean […]

Southern Wall Excavations

Southern Wall Excavations & The Archaeological Park The southern wall excavations area is located on the south-west side of the temple mount, inside the old city. The area is approached thru the Ha’Ashpathot (Dung) gate, which is located on the south side of the area, which is today an Archaeological park. This was a highlight […]

The Western Wall

The Western Wall The Western Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Temple Period.  It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to […]

Antonia Fortress & The Great Wall

Antonia Fortress (Fort of Antony) The Antonia Fortress was a military barracks built around 19 BC by Herod the Great in Jerusalem on the site of earlier Ptolemaic and Hasmonean strongholds, named after Herod’s patron Mark Antony. The fortress was built at the eastern end of the great wall of the city (the second wall), on the […]

Pool of Bethesda

Pool of Bethesda The Pool of Bethesda is from John 5, Verse 2, “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades.  In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.  One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw […]

The Golan Heights

Today We Drive to The Golan Heights The Golan Heights is a plateau bordered by the Yarmouk River to the South, The Sea of Galilee and the Hula Valley in the West, Mount Hermon in the North and Raqqad Wadi (Bashan in the Bible) in the East. The Western two-thirds of this region is currently […]

Capernaum

Capernaum: The City of Jesus I cannot say enough about this wonderful Galilee village, Capernaum. When I was there, I personally felt so much of the Spirit. I knew I was for sure walking where Jesus walked. The foundations for all the homes in this little village is truly amazing. You walk around and you […]

Sepphoris Mosaics & Tel Cana

Sepphoris Mosaics & Cana The Sepphoris mosaics are a wonderful side trip on our way out of Nazareth. There are two important ones. The remains of an ancient synagogue have been uncovered in the lower section of the city. On the mosaic floor near the entrance there is a scene showing the angels visiting Sarah. The next […]

Dead Sea, Negev Desert, & Masada

The Dead Sea, Negev Desert, & Masada At the Dead Sea, the Negev Desert covers half of Israel. In 2013, Lonely Planet  rated the Negev second on a list of the world’s top ten regional travel destinations. That is mainly due to The Dead Sea region. More on the Dead Sea after Negev Desert. When […]

Tel Beersheba & Tel Arad

Tel Beersheba & Tel Arad In 2007, Tel Beersheba was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of more than 200 tels in Israel, Beersheba was cited as one of the most representative, containing substantial remains of a city with biblical connections.  Archeological finds indicate that the tell was inhabited from  around 4000 BC, through to the […]