Site of the Month – 2008

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   This page is a gallery  of the Biblical sites that were selected by staff and readers as the “site of the month” during year 2008.

   The selection of the “site of the month” is usually a new site that was added during that past month and was considered at that time as an important addition to the web site and worthy of highlighting. You can look on these sites in order to visit these  “best” sites.

The sites are ordered from the recent month on the top.

To see more of the site, click on its header.

December   2008 Herodion

   Herod the Great, King of Judah (37 to 4 BC),  built this monumental fortress and palace in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem, and was buried here. The site was a rebel stronghold during the great revolts against the Romans. It is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Israel.

Herodion - Herod's fortress and tomb in Judean desert

Flavius Wars 1 21 10: “… built a fortress upon a mountain towards Arabia, and named it from himself, Herodium”

    November 2008 Beit Shean – at night

   Beit Shean was a major Biblical city, located on the ancient trade route. Adjacent to the its ruins, the Hellenistic city, Scythopolis,  was established and became a major city until its destruction in the 8th century. A new amazing state of the art multi-sensory night show has  transformed the excavated site into a unique world class experience.

Beit Shean night show

1 Kings 4 7-12: “And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel… Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained … all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel”

    October 2008   Khirbet Rosh-Zayit

   Ruins of an Iron age  site, in the hills above the plain of Cabul. An 11th-8th century BC Phoenician fortress, regional administrative center, military post and agriculture village. The site  may be identified with the Biblical Cabul of King Solomon.

Rosh Zayit: view of the citadel

1 Kings 9:11,13: “King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee…And they were called the land of Cabul, unto this day”

    September 2008 Bethesda

  Ruins of twin pools, healing center, Byzantine basilica and Crusader chapel located near St. Anna. The site of Jesus’ healing miracle, referred as the sheep market pools.

  Bethesda: the baths

John 5:2: “Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches”.

August    2008 Aphek (Afek, Antipatris)

Tell Aphek (Afek, Antipatris) in the Sharon region was a gateway on the main trade route from north to south. More than 6,000 years of successive cities have been built on the mound overlooking the  springs of the Yarkon river.

Afek (Aphek) in the Sharon - view from the north-west

Joshua 12: 7, 18: “And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote …the king of Aphek, one…”

July     2008  Mount Tabor

   Mount Tabor is a steep round hill on the north-east side of Yizreel valley. It played an important role in the biblical history, and tradition links it to the Transfiguration of Jesus. The hill is strategically located on the main north-south ancient road, and was an important fortress during the First and Second Temple, Greek, Roman and Crusaders times.

A view of Mount Tabor from Mount Precipice, near Nazareth.

Jeremiah 46:18:  “…  Surely as Tabor is among the mountains…  so shall he come.”

    June     2008 Mi’ilya (King’s castle)

  A Greek Catholic village in the west upper Galilee, built over the ruins of the 12th century Crusader fortress.  The fortress first belonged to the Crusader King Baldwin III, and was called the “King’s fortress” , then owned by the De Milly family. The site was a large Biblical city, identified with “Aloth”.

Kings fortress in Mi'ilya

1 Kings 4:16: “Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth

    May     2008   Monastery of the Holy Cross

   A medieval Monastery located in the valley of the Cross (Rehaviah). Here, according to tradition, grew the tree of the Cross.

View of the Monastery of the Cross - from the east

John 19:25: “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene”.

April     2008 Dormition Abbey

    A grand German Benedictine Abbey located on top of Mount Zion, commemorating the memory of Virgin Mary, in the traditional site of her death.

Dormition Abbey, mount Zion

John 8, 12: “I am the light of the world”

March     2008   Carmelite Monastery,    Stella Maris

A Carmelite monastery and church on the west top side of the Carmel. The structure was rebuilt in the 19th century, and is one of the most popular sites in Haifa.

1 Kings 18:42: “…And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; “

February     2008 Khirbet Suggar

  Ruins of a Roman/Byzantine village on the western edge of Kziv creek.  In the site are traces of buildings, sheepfold, installations, and traces of a church. On the hillside are stone quarries and rock-hewn tombs.

Khirbet Suggar - the sheepfold.


  January     2008 Khirbet Manot (Manueth)

  Ruins of a Roman/Byzantine village on the western edge of Kziv creek. In the site are ruins of a Crusaders fortified farm complex, including a sugar processing factory.

Manot: press base for sugar refinery


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