Walking the Gospel Trail - Part I

The Gospel Trail is the perfect pilgrimage for those who truly want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. The trail is 62km (38.5 miles) long and was opened in 2011. It allows you to tangibly experience the biblical landscape and the spirituality of the Holy Land. The trail begins in Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, and is believed to be the route Jesus walked on his journey to the Sea of Galilee.

The first day begins at the starting point on Mount Precipice, also known as the Mount of the Leap of the Lord, a site that has been identified with the passage in Luke 4:29-31.

Here you will take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley, with the Samaritan Mountains to the south and majestic Mount Tabor to the east. Also see Megiddo and the spectacular view of the Carmel Ridge.

The path then descends east around the mountain ridge towards Nazareth Illit, with the village of Iksal to your right. Continuing down the trail, you will see one of the many stone-piled Gospel Trail signposts. Now turn right to enter the Churchill Forest nature reserve. Relax in the shade of the trees; enjoy the light breeze and experience the true meaning of the words in Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." The park is popular spot for families from the surrounding villages as it offers many picnic areas and shade. The trail then takes you eastward towards the Mt. Tabor outlook, marking the end of the first day. The elevated path invites you to contemplate the biblical landscapes, bringing to mind the verse from Psalms, “You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name” (Psalm 89:12).

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