Ancient Leshem or Laish (Judg. 18:27-29). Northern tribes' cult center.
"From Dan to Beersheba" described limits of Kingdom. Jeroboam set up
golden calf here. Read more >>
Named after Pan, goat-footed Greek god. Renamed Caesarea Philippi by Romans. Here Peter identified Jesus as Messiah (Matt. 16:17-18) Read more >>
Ancient Canaanite and Phoenician port. Hellenistic Ptolemais. Major
Galilean city during Roman period. Paul spent a day here (Acts 21:7).
Capital of Crusader kingdom after fall of Jerusalem...Read more >>
Ancient city, mentioned in 19th cent. BCE Egyptian documents and 14th
cent. BCE Tell el-Amarna letters. Deborah and Barak fought here against
Sisera (Judg. 4:1ff). One of Solomon's chariot cities..Read more >>
Capital of Galilee. First mentioned as fortified city by Josephus.
Crusader fort until 1266. Mamluk capital of Galilee. Jewish kabbalistic
center in 16th cent...
Together with Capernaum and Bethsaida, this city was upbraided by Jesus
for spurning his miracles (Matt. 11:21)...Read more >>
Site in the Ginnosar Valley on the shore of Lake Kinneret. The Arabic names Tabkha or Tabigha are distortions of the Greek name Heptapegon meaning “Land of the Seven Springs.” This too is the meaning of the Hebrew name Ein Sheva...Read more >>
An important city in Jesus' Galilean ministry. Here he lived, preached
and performed miracles (Mark 2:1)...
Home of apostles Philip, Simon and Andrew. Here Jesus fed the five
thousand and healed the blind man (Mark 6:41-44).
Here Jesus healed two demon-possessed men. The demons joined a herd of
pigs who rushed down into Sea of Galilee and drowned (Matt. 8:28-33).
Sweet-water lake. Along its northern shore much of Jesus' public
ministry took place. Here Jesus walked on the water (Mark 6:48)...
Founded by Herod Antipas and named after Roman emperor Tiberius. Only
reference in New Testament is in John 6:23... Read more >>
Canaanite city of Madon (Josh. 11:1). In 1187 battle of Hattin, Saladin
and Muslim army defeated Crusaders.
Here Jesus performed his first miracle changing water into wine (John
Capital of Galilee in Herod's time. Traditional home of Joachim and
Anna, and birthplace of Mary.
Home of Mary and Joseph and site of Annunciation (Luke 1:28-31).
Commemorated by Church of Annunciation.
Ancient Gadara, and one of Greek Decapolis cities. Remains of
bathhouses, Roman theater and 4th cent. synagogue.
Origins in Second Temple period. Captured by Crusaders in 1100, and by
Turks in 1517. In 1868 German Templers set up a neighborhood here.
Biblical Endor where Saul consulted the witch (I Sam. 28:7ff).
Ancient city first mentioned in 15th cent. BCE Egyptian documents.
Important for its strategic location on Via Maris. Rebuilt after return
from Babylonian Exile; abandoned in Hellenistic period. Read more >>>
Founded by Herod, on site of ancient Strato's Tower, in honor of Caesar Augustus. Here Cornelius was baptized by Peter (Acts 10:24-28) and Paul
brought to trial (Acts 25). Important Crusader port...Read more>>
Site of story of Naboth's vineyard with Jezebel and prophet Elijah (I Kings 21).
Ancient city and important center throughout history. Named Scythopolis
during Second Temple period. Decapolis city.
Mentioned in II Kings 9:27. Possible site of village entered by Jesus on
his way from Nazareth to Jerusalem (Luke 17:11-14).
Capital of Kingdom of Israel 925-721 BCE. Conquered after long sieges by
Shalmaneser, Alexander the Great and John Hyrcanus. Herodian Sebaste.
John the Baptist buried here.
Here Joshua built an altar and read curses and blessings (Josh. 8:30).
Ruins of Byzantine fortress.
Mt. Moriah according to Samaritans. To this sacred high-place the
Samaritan woman alluded in her question to Jesus (John 4:20).
Divides Promised Land from desert to east. Crossed by Joshua and
repeatedly by Jacob. Mentioned 181 times in Old Testament and 15 times
in New Testament. Jesus baptized here by John the Baptist.
Ancient Egyptian and Canaanite city, and considered world's oldest port.
From here Jonah set sail for Tarshish. Tabitha resurrected by Peter
(Acts 9:36). Home of Simon the Tanner where Peter had vision of unclean
animals (Acts 10:13)...Read more >>
Religious center of Canaan. Tabernacle and Ark kept here before First
Temple was built. Here Samuel served Eli...
First mentioned in City Lists of Thutmose III (15th cent. BCE). Built by
Elpaal, fortified in days of Joshua. Aeneas was healed by Peter here
(Acts 9:32-35). Byzantine Georgiopolis, believed to be burial place of
St. George. Read more >>
Strategically located near Via Maris and mentioned in records of ancient
Egyptian campaigns. Given by Pharaoh as dowry to his daughter, who
married Solomon. Large battles fought here between Crusaders and
Muslims. Gezer agricultural calendar from 10th cent. BCE found here.
Mentioned in scriptures as destination of travelers to whom Jesus
appeared following Resurrection (Luke 24:30-31)..
Gibeonite city where Ark of Covenant was brought after its return from
Philistines (I Sam. 7:1; II Sam. 6:3-4).
Location of strategic importance. Major cult center before First Temple
Site of Jacob's dream. Second city to fall after Jericho to Israelites.
Ark of Law kept here in time of Judges.
After pronouncement of Caiaphas, Jesus withdrew to Ephraim (John 11:54),
Here Jesus fasted for 40 days and was tempted by Satan (Mark 1:13).
Considered oldest and lowest city on earth. First city in Canaan
conquered by Joshua. Jesus visited here (Luke 18:35ff)...
Traditional site where Israelites forded Jordan River into Canaan. Here
John the Baptist baptized Jesus in Jordan River (Matt. 3:16-17).
Greek Orthodox monastery
in the Judean Desert, built on the mountain side of Wadi Qilt ravine, 5 km. west of Jericho...Read more >>
Founded 2nd cent. BCE by Essenes. Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in caves
Greek Orthodox monastery, founded in 5th cent. by monk Saba.
Home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary and site of Jesus' Ascension (Luke
Jebusite city taken by David c. 1000 BCE. David's and Solomon's capital.
First and Second Temples. Destroyed by Babylonians and by Romans. Jesus'
Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension took place here. Center
of early church (Acts 2). Sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims...Read more >>
Burial place of Rachel (Gen. 35:19). Scene of story of Ruth. Birthplace
of David and where he was anointed king...
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, shepherds in nearby fields heard the
angels (Luke 2:10).
Fortress built by Herod. Jewish stronghold in both Jewish revolts
Important Canaanite and Philistine city on Via Maris. Ark of Covenant
brought here. Hasmonean port city. Here Philip preached (Acts 8:40).
Major Philistine city. Large royal city at end of First Temple period.
Birthplace of Herod. Captured by Crusaders (1153); captured and
destroyed by Mamluk Sultan Baybars in 1270...
One of five Philistine cities; home of Goliath. Here David found refuge
from Saul. Conquered and destroyed by Uzziah.
Ancient city in Judah. Fortified by Rehoboam. Captured by Sennacherib.
Restored at end of First Temple period. Destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.
Lachish Letters from First Temple period found here...
Ancient Betogabris. In Roman times named Eleutheropolis.
One of oldest continuously inhabited cities. Burial place of Patriarchs
in Machpelah cave. David's capital before Jerusalem for 7 years...
The cave of Machpelah was near Mamre (Gen. 23:19).
Lowest point on earth, 398 m (1305 ft.) below sea level. Ezekiel
describes vision of a river from Jerusalem to Dead Sea making salt water
fresh (Ezek. 47:1-12)...
Important station on Via Maris. One of five Philistine cities. Here
Samson was imprisoned and pulled down Dagon's temple on the Philistines.
Nearby Philip converted the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26ff)...
City of the Patriarchs, capital of Negev. Here Abraham made a covenant
with Abimelech (Gen. 21:30)...
King of Arad prevented passage of Israelites to land of Canaan.
Mentioned in Egyptian King Shishak's conquests. Appears in 6th cent.
Mountain fortress held by Jewish rebels in revolt against Rome in 73 CE.
After 3-year siege, Zealots committed collective suicide rather than
face Roman capture.
Here Lot sat as judge at the gate. Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
Nabatean trade center. Appears in Madaba map. Large fortified city in
Roman-Byzantine period. Destroyed 7th cent. in Arab conquest.
Nabatean road station, apparently built 1st cent. BCE. Byzantine transit
city for caravans from Egypt. Abandoned in 12th cent.
Largest Nabatean city in Negev. Founded in 2nd cent. CE on important
crossroads junction. Reached zenith in Byzantine era. Abandoned in 10th
Desert oasis. Israel camped here during Exodus. Israelite fortress built
by Solomon. Continuous Jewish settlement until destruction of First