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The Oldest Metropolis within the World

“Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
and the partitions got here tumbling down”

The Previous Testomony’s E book of Joshua tells of an awesome battle when God commanded Joshua to destroy Jericho by marching his military round its partitions for six days with the Ark of the Covenant, after which blowing their trumpets on the seventh day.

Even again then Jericho was an historic place. Fashionable archaeologists have discovered stays of the town that date again 11,000 years to 9000 BCE.

Jericho is situated 15 miles northeast of Jerusalem, and the highway between was the setting for the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Useless Sea is 5 miles to the south, and the baptismal web site of Jesus on the Jordan River is seven miles east.

Towering over the town is Mount Quruntul, often known as the Mount of Temptation. It was there, in response to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, that Jesus was tempted by the Satan after having fasted for 40 days in a cave on the mountain.

In about 327 AD, when Saint Helena, the mom of Constantine the Nice, was touring the Holy Land, she recognized the Grotto of the Temptation on the Mount. About 15 years later, Saint Charlton the Confessor constructed a monastery for hermit monks alongside the Grotto. Over the centuries, a number of different church buildings and monasteries have been established there.

Mount of Temptation, Jericho


A Greek Orthodox Monastery was constructed on the Mount within the sixth century, and at the moment it stays a formidable web site, perched on a cliff 350 meters (1200 toes) excessive, and overlooking Jericho and the Jordan Valley. If you wish to go to, there’s a steep path main as much as the monastery, nevertheless it’s a reasonably strenuous, 30-minute hike.


Or, you will get there extra comfortably by using the cable automotive. That’s what our group might be doing on a Saturday morning subsequent February. Later that afternoon, they’ll additionally go to the Jordan River the place they will have a baptism in the identical water the place Jesus was immersed by John the Baptist.

Would you want to hitch them? There are nonetheless areas accessible in our “Coronary heart of the Holy Land” Ladies’s Pilgrimage. This small group tour is on the market to girls and female gender-identified individuals, and might be taking place February 5 – 17, 2023.

Contributors will observe within the footsteps of Jesus by way of the Holy Land within the firm of girls. We’ll go to locations related to girls who have been near Jesus, and are sometimes neglected in conventional Christian pilgrimages. For instance, we’ll go to Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene; Bethany, dwelling of Mary, Martha and Lazarus; Ein Karem, the place Elizabeth, cousin of the Virgin Mary lived; and Nazareth and Golgotha, the place Mary gave delivery and witnessed the crucifixion.



An elective extension consists of Jordan, with Petra, well-known for its carved out buildings together with the famed “Treasury” and a chance to do some unique procuring in an  historic bazaar.

Get All of the Girl’s Holy Land Tour Particulars Right here


Picture credit:
Battle of Jericho by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) Public Area by way of Wikipedia
Mount of Temptation Alexey GoralCC BY-SA 4.0, by way of Wikimedia Commons
Jericho cable automotive Abraham at Polish WikipediaCC BY-SA 2.5, by way of Wikimedia Commons



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