Top Ten Holy Land Icons

“Jesus Boat”

“Jesus Boat”

In 1986 two fishermen found the remains of a two thousand year old boat by Magdala, Mary Magdalene’s hometown, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.         “He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of…
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…
Jerusalem Cross


The Jerusalem Cross, with four small crosses surrounding a large cross (with all the bars equidistant from the center).         ©Gila Yudkin Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny…


The feeding of the five thousand by the shores of the Sea of Galilee is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. Matthew 14:21, Mark 6:44, Luke 9:14, John 6:10     “We have here only five loaves of…
Menorah, Jerusalem


The menorah was the seven-branched candelabrum first designed for the Tabernacle according to the Lord’s instructions.       “Make a lampstand of pure gold and hammer it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms shall…