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Selected sites in Central and Southern Israel

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Emmaus, located between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, is marked by the ruins of a 12th-Century church. After his resurrection, Jesus joined two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus: “That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them” (Lk. 24:13-15).


Emmaus (near Latrun): Crusaderchurch

Emmaus (near Latrun): Crusaderchurch


The Inn of the Good Samaritan commemorates the setting – "from Jerusalem to Jericho" –that Jesus described in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10).

Qasr el Yahud is where St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River: “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him” (Matt. 3:13).

Qumran is one of the most striking archeological sites in the world and home to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Massada is unique for its striking beauty and eventful history. Herod’s magnificent mountaintop palace and fortress was the site of the last Jewish stand against the Romans in 73 AD and subsequently where 960 defenders committed mass suicide rather than be killed at the hands of their enemies.





The Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth and mentioned several times in the Old Testament, is not only a must to visit for its Biblical connections, but also for the unusual landscape of salt crystals spread along its shores. Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to have been situated nearby.

* All quotations are from the RSV-CE.

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