Site of the Month

A visit to the Dir Hag’ala site and the site of the baptism

It is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, drawing tens of thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe, every year, who come to see its narrow rooms, steep alleyways and multitude of artistic treasures hidden inside. So, Dir Hag’ala, who are you, really?

The monastery was established in the fifth century CE by the father of the church, Hieronymus, and the monk, Gerasimus. From then and until today, the monastery was destroyed many times, by Muslim or Persian invaders, or from earthquakes. The monastery has been renovated, and many of the original structures, including floorings, have been kept.

A lavishly adorned mosaic, chiseled stones, as well as mementos and personal items belonging to ancient monks.

Paul the Apostle’s Caesarea – The Vision was Spread from Here

What is Caesarea, Herod’s city, hiding in its wings? Amongst the first Christian settlements in Israel, it is a city of peaceful, religious coexistence, from which St. Paul made his way towards Rome on what would become, for him, the last journey to spread the Gospel

Caesarea sits right in the middle of the state of Israel, between North and South, is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and serves, today, as the largest outdoor theater in Israel. However, Caesarea is much more than a grandiose archaeological site from Roman times. Paul the apostle was jailed in Caesarea for two years, and from there, he made his way to Rome where he was put on trial and sentenced to death.

Tabgha- Ein Sheva

Tabgha (Ein Sheva) is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after His Crucifixion.

Tabgha (Ein Sheva) is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after His Crucifixion.

Babylonian Jewry Reborn

The exhibition By the Rivers of Babylon opens this week at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, sharing the Al-Yahudu Archive with the public

The exhibition By the Rivers of Babylon opens this week at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. This exhibition sheds new light on one of the most important episodes in biblical history: the Babylonian Exile. The pivotal focus of the exhibit is the Al-Yahudu Archive: a collection of over 100 cuneiform tablets, original documents from the Judean exilic community, which are on display to the public for the first time. Written in the ancient Akkadian language, they document the daily lives of the first generations of exiled Judeans following their deportation to Babylon.

Ein Karem: Home of John the Baptist and Place of the Visitation

Ein Karem, home of John the Baptist and Place of the Visitation, is situated on the western slopes of Jerusalem

The charming village of Ein Karem, situated on the western slopes of Jerusalem, is a popular destination for both pilgrims and locals alike, with its churches and monasteries, romantic cafes and restaurants, and green hills perfect for hiking.