Mary Magdalene, fierce believer and loyal emissary to the Savior, provides an excellent “excuse” for pilgrims to visit her birthplace and home-base, the settlement Migdal, known in the Bible as “Magdala”.
Migdal, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, served, already in Jesus’s lifetime, as a Jewish center for the residents of the region. This is evidenced by the town’s importance in the days of the revolt against the Romans, and the fact that it was the command center for Josephus Flavius’s (commander of the Galilee) soldiers.
The Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, is not only a must-see for its significance in the Old Testament, but also for the natural wonders and historical significance of its landscapes.
Nazareth is the largest city in northern Israel today. It is home to about 75,000 residents, mostly of Arab origin, 70 per cent of whom are Muslims and 30 per cent Christians, approximately. There is also a nearby but separate town called Natzrat Illit (“Upper Nazareth”), the population of which is mostly Jewish. Natzrat Illit was established about 60 years ago and now is home to some 40,000 residents. Together, Nazareth and Natzrat Illit constitutes a multi-ethnic community that lends the region a diverse religious and cultural identity.
Tel Dan nature reserve, in northern Israel, is a natural forest rich with springs that are fed by the melting snows of Mount Hermon. The water from the springs flow their way down to create the Dan Stream, which in turn flows southward and joins the Banias Stream, also fed by spring water from the thawing snows of Mount Hermon. These two streams with water originating in the highest peak of the Holy Land are the major sources of the Jordan River, which flows into the Sea of Galilee.
For those of you who like to hike, the Jesus Trail offers a unique opportunity to take in the Galilee landscape, from Nazareth to Capernaum, and see the picturesque towns and villages of the Gospels for yourself. This enchanting route winds its way from Nazareth through Sepphoris, Cana, the Arbel Cliffs, Tabgha, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River.
The Bible tells of Bethlehem, which was also called "Efrat" in Genesis and in various other chapters. Rachel was buried on the road leading to Bethlehem ( "way to Efrat") north of the city , and Ruth the Moabite town lived on her return to Israel. According to the Book of Samuel, King David was born in the city which was anointed king by Samuel. After King David was exiled from the city, it was told that he missed the water well in the city, and three of his heroes brought him water from that well.
The city of Bethlehem is mentioned in the New Testament as the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Ekron was an ancient city in Israel first settled by the Canaanites in the Bronze Age. During the Iron Age, with the invasion of the Sea People, the city became an important Philistine city. At the end of the 8th century BC the Assyrians conquered the city and took over. At that time the city was known as a manufacturer of olive oil on a large scale.
Christmas is the common festival almost every Christian communities marks the birth of Jesus. According to the New Testament, Jesus was born in Bethlehem to his mother, the Virgin Mary. Christians believe that the birth of Christ is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah's arrival who will redeem the world from its sin, and would bridge the gap between God and human beings. There is no consensus among the different communities and among historians about the precise chronology of Jesus' birth.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days. These days are days of admission, which fixed the sages of Israel during the Second Temple, in memory of the victory of the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks, the re-dedication of the Temple and the miracle of the oil. The holiday is celebrated by saying praise and thanksgiving, and the lighting of Hanukkah candles for eight days.
one of the most striking churches in Jerusalem commemorates the apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immediate repentance and his reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection.
Built on an almost sheer hillside, the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu stands on the eastern slope of Mount Zion.
On its roof rises a golden rooster atop a black cross — recalling Christ’s prophecy that Peter would deny him three times “before the cock crows”. Galli-cantu means cockcrow in Latin.