Judea & Samaria


Qumran became quite famous in the mid-twentieth century with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This has been called the most significant archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. Khirbet (“Ruins of”) Qumran is located near the far northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. The site is about 1km south of Cave #1. It appears… read more »


Masada is one of three great fortresses built by Herod the Great (Herodion and Cypros being the other two). Masada is one of the foremost icons of modern Israeli culture. Masada is located near the southern end of the main section of the Dead Sea in the Judean wilderness. The inhabited part of it is… read more »

Tel Jericho

Jericho (Yeriho) is perhaps one of the most famous Old Testament sites. Its story is a favorite of all generations. Jericho is located northwest of Jerusalem in the Jordan Valley. The Ascent of Adummim route runs between Jericho and Jerusalem. It is the lowest town on earth. It is very near the Wadi Qelt. It… read more »

Ein Gedi

Ein-Gedi is an oasis in the Judean wilderness that proved very useful for David as he hid from King Saul. Ein-Gedi is located on the western shore of the Dead Sea in the Judean wilderness. It is a perennial spring that flows from 200m above the Dead Sea. [toc] Location     31° 28′ 10″… read more »


Bethlehem is famous for several reasons. For Christians it is the birth place of Jesus the Messiah. For Jews it is the burial place of Rachel, Jacob’s wife. It also is the hometown of Israel’s most famous king—King David. Bethlehem is located 3mi (5km) south of Jerusalem. The modern city is at essentially the same… read more »