A Greco-Roman city in the Decapolis.
A Roman city founded by Herod the Great. Check out
the amphitheaters and the excavations.
Located on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinnereth).
This city appears in the gospels several times. Visit the House of St. Peter and the White
Synagogue. The White Synagogue is built over the ruins of the basalt synagogue of Mark 1:21; 3:1;
the Tomb of David
The remnants of a first century Judeo-Christian synagogue, the Mother
of All Churches (also Church of the Apostles), built ca. CE 75. For Jews
site is the traditional location of David's Tomb (the pseudo-tomb not the actual tomb)
marked by a small synagogue on the first floor. Christians regard this location as that of
the ancient venue of the Upper Room or Cenacle.
A fifty-acre tell Tel Dan lies at the foot of Mount
Hermon. The city rose to prominence as the result of the division of the Solomonic kingdom
into two nations--Israel and Judah. Jeroboam I, afraid to allow his people to go to
Jerusalem to sacrifice, created a high place for worship here.
Hazor is an important northern
Israel Bronze Age site located north of the Sea of Galilee near Rosh Pina. Situated at a
strategic point along the route connecting Egypt with Babylonia and Syria, Hazor was one
of the most important cities of Canaan and ancient Israel. The remains of ancient Hazor
constitute the largest archaeological site from the biblical period in Israel, covering
some 200 acres.
|Hezekiah's Water Tunnel
A magnificent tunnel created by Hezekiah to
provide Jerusalem with fresh water during a siege. Bring a waterproof flashlight, a change
of clothing, and be prepared to wade at times in water up to your neck. Children waiting
to help you out of the tunnel expect a tip. They usually want your flashlight and they are
known to grab your flashlight or your camera and run. Women tourists are particularly
vulnerable and we advise that you plan to give a small tip.
|Holy Land Hotel Model of Jerusalem.
A model of Herodian Jerusalem. This should provide you with a better
concept of the ancient city as it was in the middle first century CE.. Remember that this
is only a model, based upon considerable supposition, so do not assume that your exposure
is absolute truth. Archaeology does not work in that manner.
|Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book & the Bible Lands
Both museums have excellent archaeological collections. Take a museum tour
where a guide takes you through. This will make your visit a learning experience not
simply an exposure to more pretty pots.
A fortress city which fell to Nebuchadnezzar (see
Jeremiah 34:7). Note the fortifications and the siege ramps.
The place of Jewish martyrs in the revolt against the
Romans CE 66-73. The view and the ruins are breathtaking.
This royal city of the Canaanites, located 22 miles
north of Shechem on the southern edge of the Valley of Jezreel, lies within one of the
most famous battlegrounds in the world. According to the Bible it also has a future role.
|Mount of Olives
We suggest you check the view of the Haram esh-Sharif from the Mount of
Olives. The best view is the road immediately front of the hotel.
The traditional site of
Herod's Temple but probably the actual site of the Roman Fortress
Antonia and not that of the Second Temple. The venue of the Second
Temple was likely over the Gihon Spring south of the Haram esh-Sharif.
archaeological park on the south wall, the platform including the Dome of the Rock, and
take the tour along the central to north end of the Western Wall.
Visit the Western
Wall (you may know it by the old name "The Wailing Wall"). Buy prints of artists
reconstructions of the site in Herodian times from the vendors. These will help you
conceptualize the site but do not ascend to the platform exposing such material.
The Muslim security people frown on any exposed material that appears Jewish or has
anything to do with the Temple. They probably will expel you from the site, confiscate
your material, and in any case rough you up a bit.
The venue of a number of caves which
housed the Dead Sea Scrolls preserved in earthen jars.