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Bethsaida

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By Dr. Randall Smith
Courtesy of Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.

Bethsaida derives its name from the plentiful wildlife and fish that provided sustenance for the Biblical village that existed here. Peter, Phillip and Andrew grew up in the village, which is located near the mouth of the Jordan River.

Jesus performed many miracles in and around Bethsaida, including restoration of a blind man?s sight. (Mark 8:22-24}.

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By Dr. Randall Smith
Courtesy of Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.

There is an ancient prophecy in the Book of Zechariah. "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" .

On this last journey to Jerusalem, Jesus fulfilled that ancient prophecy.

Megiddo

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Perhaps the Holy Land?s best-known Biblical city is Megiddo ? better known in its Latin form "Armageddon". Located at the foot of the Carmel mountain range, Megiddo commands one of the most strategic points in the land of Israel.

Archeologists believe that Megiddo has been inhabited some 22 times and was the site of countless wars and bloody battles.

Bethel

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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"Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Bethany

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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"On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. ?Lord,? Martha said to Jesus, ?if you had been here, my brother would not have died?. Jesus said to her, ?Your brother will rise again.? ?Jesus?came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.

Beth Shemesh

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Called, in Hebrew, "House of the Sun", Beth Shemesh bordered the region controlled by the Philistines. It thus became an important frontier town of the tribe of Judah and is mentioned nearly two dozen times in the Scriptures.

Perhaps the most famous referral was an earth-shattering event in the lives of the Israelites.

Beth Shean

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By Dr. Randall Smith
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Since ancient times, the valley of Beth Shean been a crossroads connecting the vast east to west valley of Jezreel and the Via Maris to the Rift Valley Road to Jericho. Villagers who settled the valley, which gets its name from the ancient city of Beth Shean, were blessed with plentiful sources of fresh water from the adjacent springs of Mt. Gilboa.

Beersheba

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By Dr. Randall Smith
Courtesy of Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.

The first "summit conference" in the history of this land took place in the Negev. Abraham and Abimelech, two leaders of the ancient world, met over seven lambs and a well, which became known as the 'Well of the Oath' (in Hebrew, Beersheva).



"Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized. So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a treaty.

Banias (Caesarea Philippi)

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By Dr. Randall Smith
Courtesy of Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.

Banias?s first inhabitants were probably the Greek Seleucids who conquered the region in 198 B.C. With its constant flowing waters, caves and cliffs below the majestic Hermon Mountain, Banias was so impressive that the Seleucids apparently endowed the Banias with supernatural powers. It is likely that the scenery around Banias reminded them of home, for they imported stories about Pan ? the pagan god of nature - to the cliff and Banias spring.

Ashkelon

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By Dr. Randall Smith
Courtesy of Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.

Having served as a southern seaport of the Holy Land for centuries, Ashkelon is truly a city of history. Indeed, excavations of Ashkelon have unearthed some remarkable findings. Perhaps the most striking was the discovery of a bronze and silver calf the scholars have dated to over 3,500 years ago.