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September 2017 in Israel
Our journey through northern Israel around the Sea of Galilee
The city of Jericho claims to be the lowest city on the earth and that it is 10,000 years old. It was known in Biblical days as the "City of Palm Trees". The Battle of Jericho was the first battle of the Israelites in their conquest of Canaan. According to Joshua 6:1-27, the walls of Jericho fell after Joshua's Israelite army marched around the city blowing their trumpets. Jesus passed through Jericho where he healed one (Mark 10:46, Luke 18:35) or two (Matthew 20:29) blind beggars.
There is an ancient sycamore tree which is traditionally believed to be the tree which a local chief tax-collector named Zacchaeus climbed in order to see Jesus (Luke 19:1–10).
Ain es-Sultan, Elisha's Spring, by which Jericho was once supplied with water, still exists and spews forth eighty degrees Fahrenheit water. The Bible records how Elisha healed the water so it would not harm the people or the crops (2 Kings 2:19-22).
From the city of Jericho, the Mount of Temptation can be viewed. It was here that Jesus spent 40 days in wilderness and was tempted by Satan (Matt 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13)
View of an old road from Jericho to Jerusalem, which may have been setting for the Parable of Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) and possibly the reference to the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” in Psalms 23. Alongside the road as it passes through a deep valley in the Judean wilderness is an old Franciscan Monastery.
We visited the place along the Jordan River where it is believed that John the Baptist preached and baptized Jesus (John 1:19-34).