Mount of the Beatitudes – The Sermon on the Mount

Mount of the Beatitudes – The Sermon on the Mount

Sitting on a spur of a hill overlooking Tabgha and Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes is revered as the site where according to Christian tradition Jesus delivered the “Sermon on the Mount” (Mathew 5:1-35). The Mount of the Beatitudes is also revered as where Jesus chose twelve of his disciples as … Read more

Nazareth – City of the Annunciation

Nazareth – City of the Annunciation

Unflatteringly, the first chapter of John asks “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Still in many respects, Christianity began in Nazareth. It is revered as the site of the Annunciation and the place where Jesus spent most of his childhood. As a young man he was expelled from the synagogue for … Read more

The Via Dolorosa – The Way of the Cross

The Via Dolorosa – The Way of the Cross

The Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem is the most important street, or more aptly route, in the world for most of Christendom.  It is revered in most Christian traditions as the route which Jesus carried the cross from the Praetorium, where he was condemned to Golgotha or Calvary, with … Read more

2,000 Year Old Fishing Boat at Ginosar – The Jesus Boat

2,000 Year Old Fishing Boat at Ginosar-The Jesus Boat

In January 1986, two brothers, Moshe and Yuval Lufan who were members of neighboring Kibbutz Ginosar, discovered the wreck of a 2,000-year-old ancient fishing boat lying in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. The brothers were avid amateur archaeologists with a knack for discovering artifacts from Israeli’s past. The boat was … Read more

Haifa Shopping Malls

Haifa Shopping Malls

Here is the Israel Inside Out guide to Shopping Malls in Haifa Grand Canyon Opened in 1999, Grand Canyon is the largest shopping mall in northern Israel. It has three floors with 220 stores and businesses, including of which approximately 80% are chain stores. Inside the mall has a 4000-square meter spa, … Read more

Capernaum – Jesus and Peter’s Town

Capernaum – Jesus and Peter’s Town

Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee was the site of a thriving Jewish community in the 2nd Temple, Roman and Byzantine periods. Capernaum was thought to have prospered from the 2nd century BC to the 11th century AD, when it reverted to a simple fishing village up to the … Read more

Christian Quarter

Christian Quarter

The Christian Quarter is one of the four quarters in the Old City of Jerusalem, alongside Jewish, Muslim, and Armenian quarters. It occupies the northwest quadrant of the Old City. It is usually recognized as the grounds where Jesus was crucified and buried.  It is home to several dozen Christian institutions ranging … Read more

Tel Dan

Tel Dan

Tel Dan is one of the special places in Israel. It is a place of incomparable beauty – where you can get close to (but not go in) a relatively fast flowing (in Israeli terms) stream that is one of the sources of the Jordan. It is really outstanding. A photographer’s dream. … Read more

Beit Shearim – The Catacombs

Beit Shearim – The Catacombs

An Introduction to Beit Shearim Located on the edge of the lower Galilee and 20 kilometers east of Haifa, Beit Shearim was the seat of the Sanhedrin and the home of many renowned rabbinic sages in the late 2nd century C.E. This Roman-era Jewish village thrived from the 1st century C.E. until … Read more