Biblical Sites

Herodion (Herodium)


Herod the Great built the palace-fortress of Herodium, southeast of Bethlehem, as a monumental mausoleum for himself.            “Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he…
Chorazin the ancient synagogue at Korazim


One of the three cities in Galilee cursed by Jesus, the ruins of Chorazin were most recently excavated in the 1980s.           “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed…
Ancient synagogue in Capernaum. Israel.


Capernaum was the Galilean headquarters of Jesus’ public ministry for one to three years.             “They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, He entered the synagogue and taught.” Mark 1:21 There are…
Caesarea Philippi


Caesarea Philippi, by the headwaters of the River Jordan, is where Peter made his profession of faith.             “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, ‘Who do people…
Biblical view on  Jerusalem


Two thousand years ago the most common tree on the Galilean, Jerusalem and Bethlehem landscape was the olive tree. Its fruit was used to produce oil for light, healing, and anointing. The Mount of Olives was covered with olive trees.
Khamsa hamsa Israel

Hamseh good luck charm

The hamseh (literally “five” in Arabic) is a hand with the palm facing outward in order to ward off the “evil eye.” It’s a symbol of blessing and protection, often worn as an amulet, to protect the wearer from evil.    …


Mezuzah literally means “doorpost.” It is a decorated rectangular silver, brass, ceramic, olive wood or stone box that Jews attach to the doorpost of their house and gates.       “And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your…
A shofar Holy Land Icon


A shofar comes from the horn of a ram (a male sheep) or goat or antelope (kudu).           Yemenite Jews did not have sheep or goats, so they used the horn of an antelope. Most animal…
st. Peter Fish


St. Peter’s fish is said to be found naturally in only two places: the Sea of Galilee and Lake Victoria at the headwaters of the Nile.         It’s called St. Peter’s fish because of the following passage:…


The pomegranate is named as one of the “seven species” of fruits and grains found throughout the Promised Land, the land of milk and honey.         “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good…