Rosh Hanikra and Western Coast

This video is about the area North-East along the Mediterranean Sea, the border area between Israel and Lebanon, an area called Rosh Hanikra



Rosh Hanikra and western coas


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Akko

This video is about the city in the other side of the bay, cross from Haifa, the town of Akko, one of the most important cities of the Crusaders in Israel.



Akko


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Haifa and Mount Carmel

This series of videos is about the Mount Carmel area, the town of Haifa on top of Mount Carmel with the beautiful Bahai Gardens on it



We will talk about the amazing Bahai Gardens from the bottom to the top of Mount Carmel.

We will talk about the modern city of Haifa, the port and the bay.

Haifa on top of Mount Carmel and the Bahai Gardens

From the top of Mount Carmel into the Haifa bay


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Below is a list of areas and sites in our series.
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Introduction to Israel

Caesarea

Megiddo and Mount Tabor

Haifa and Mount Carmel

Akko

Rosh Hanikra and the western coast

Chula Valley and the lookout to Lebanon and Syria

Safed, Jewish life and Kabbalah (still unavailable due to lockdown)

Golan Heights – Tel Dan

Golan Heights – Caesarea Philippi (Banias)

Golan Heights – Landscape, water, Druze and Mount Ben Tal

Golan Heights – OZ 77, wars of Israel and Geo Political situation in the Middle East

Tel Hazor

Around the Sea of Galilee

Beith Shean

Qasar El Yahud – Crossing place at the Jordan River

Qumran

Ein Gedi

Massada

Dead Sea and area

Tel Beer Sheva

Tel Arad

Sde Boker and Nahal Zin

Craters in the desert

Eilat and the Red Sea

Jerusalem

Jaffa and Tel Aviv

Updates and Thoughts on “Beautiful Israel”

As we go through this beautiful series being launched week after week, I wanted to share with you some updates and thoughts about the episodes we publish. I will also share from time to time new findings and new discoveries.

Watch below, thoughts about this series of “Beautiful Israel” and new findings


Saturday, August 22, 2020


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

New finding under the Church of Gethsemane

Always, when I take groups around Israel, I use to say that almost under all these places where we tour and visit, there is so much archeology just waiting to be found.

This is what happened during construction work near the Kidron valley in Jerusalem. A tunnel is being build, to connect the valley to the Church of Gethsemane, and during the construction work in the area, a unique and very interesting discovery was found: a ritual bath, a Mikveh, from the time of Jesus, from the Second Temple period.

This is the first archaeological evidence found of activity at the Jerusalem site during the Second Temple period, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Watch this video from the Israel Antiquities Authority about this exciting finding

Archeologist from the Antiquity Authorities talks about the findings

The Church of Gethsemane at the bottom of Mount of Olives, is in the middle of that used to be an agricultural area in Jesus’s time. People came there to press their olives into olive oil.

Before you produced your olive or wine in Second Temple period, you had to purify yourself in water, and the way to do that was to use a Mikveh, a ritual bath, where you could go into the water and baptize yourself before you could continue with the production of your oil.

This archeological finding connects the area of Gethsemane, a very important area with a major event in the life of Jesus, to the life of Jews in Jerusalem of that time and makes clear that this garden (today known as the Church of Agony) was a major part of Jerusalem of that time, a major agricultural part, mainly around the growth of olive tress and the production of olive oil.

When you visit today, looking at the old olive tress in the garden, remember that you are in the same exact area where Jesus was in the last night before his arrest, where Jesus prayed: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” Mathew 26: 39

From an article in Haaretz newspaper

A mikveh dating to the Second Temple period has been found in the garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday.

As happens a lot in Israel, it was found during infrastructure works. Specifically, builders were working on a tunnel near the Church of Gethsemane and were surprised to discover an underground cavity. The cavity in the rock would later be identified as a Jewish ritual bath dating to around 2,000 years ago – about the time Jesus was active in the area, according to Christian tradition.

The bath was found by archaeologists working with the antiquities authority and scholars from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, a Franciscan research institute near the modern Church of Gethsemane.

Construction on that church began in 1919 and took five years. During the process the builders discovered remains of a previously unknown ancient Byzantine church dating back about 1,500 years, and a later Crusader church.

Read the rest of the article here

What a great discovery, especially in this time, few days before Christmas. Can’t wait to be able to take you there.


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