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Mt. Hermon

By Dr. Randall Smith|


By Dr. Randall Smith
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"Over there are the hills of the Golan, stretch out your hands and touch them. In their stalwart stillness they give the command to halt in splendid isolation Grandfather Hermon slumbers. A cool wind blows from the peak of whiteness"

These haunting lines were penned by the Modern Hebrew poetess Rachel while writing about the tallest and most impressive mountain in the region.

Mt. of Beatitudes

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Towering above the Sea of Galilee and offering the country?s most magnificent view of that shimmering blue lake, the Mount of Beatitudes is a favorite site for today?s Christian pilgrim. In an area overlooking the Sea, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. "Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jezreel Valley

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Known, in Hebrew, as "The Valley of God?s Saving" (Ha-Emek), the Jezreel Valley is located between the mountains of Samaria in the south and the Galilee heights in the north. Israel?s largest valley is also transversed by the ancient byway called the Via Maris, the thoroughfare that connected ancient Mesopotamia with Egypt. For this reason the Jezreel has witnessed countless wars and important historical movements.

The southwestern entrance to the valley is dominated by Megiddo (called in Rev. 16:16 "Armageddon"). Mt.

Jericho

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Thought by archeologists to be over 10,000 years old, Jericho is the oldest known walled city in the world. When Joshua and the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land for the first time, those walls came "tumbling down".

Jaffa

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Jaffa is the oldest and perhaps most famous of the ports along the Israel?s coast. From Jaffa port, the Bible records that the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish, running away when the Lord commanded him to preach in the wicked city of Nineveh. When a storm threatened to wreck the ship the sailors threw Jonah into the water. He was swallowed by a whale, and remained there for three days and three nights.

Hazor

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Canaanite Hazor, a metropolis comparable in size to the biggest cities in the ancient Near East, was a force to be reckoned with. Not only was it well fortified, but it towered above the main thoroughfare between Syria and Egypt.

Nevertheless, the rulers of Hazor and other cities in the region feared the Israelites who had conquered other parts of the Promised Land.

Hebron

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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The Bible tells us that Abraham buried his late wife Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah. He insisted on paying for the cave, so that his descendants would have the right of burial there for eternity. And, indeed, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were laid there to rest; so were the matriarch Rebecca and Jacob?s wife Leah. (Genesis 23:17-20). Abraham and his family spent many years in and around Hebron.

Sea of Galilee

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Since the beginning of time, the Sea of Galilee has provided its fishermen with a plentiful source of sustenance. Some of the apostles were fishermen:

"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ?Come, follow me,? Jesus said, ?and I will make you fishers of men.? At once they left their nets and followed him.

Dan (Tel Dan)

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Located at the foot of Mt Hermon and the Golan Heights, in the northeastern corner of the Huleh Valley, the Tel Dan Nature Reserve encompasses both a fabulous landscape and the ruins (and partially restored remains) of an ancient Israelite city. Both the city and the rushing river that flows through the Nature Reserve are named for the Israelite tribe of Dan.
Although allotted territory further south, the Danites weren?t able to hold on to that land.

Capernaum

By Dr. Randall Smith|


By Dr. Randall Smith
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Though Jesus grew up in Nazareth, he chose to move His teaching and healing ministry to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. At that time that Jesus stayed primarily in the village of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea.