Site of the Month – 2009

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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 2009.

   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  2009  Tel Dor (Dora)

  The ancient Phoenician port city is located on a mound on the Carmel coast, and was one of the greatest cities along the northern shore.

Tel Dor

Joshua  12 23: “The king of Dor in the coast of Dor”.

November   2009 Tiberias – South gate

The southern gate and walls of the Roman city  include towers, walls, drainage channel, bridge and a paved street. It was recently reconstructed and included in the new exciting Tiberias Archaeological park.

Wars III 9 8: “Vespasian… went to the city; upon which the citizens opened to him their gates”

October   2009 Hippos (Sussita)

    The ruins of an ancient city located on a horse-shaped mountain on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. This Greco-Roman and Byzantine site is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Galilee.

September   2009 Masada

   The last and most important fortress of the great Jewish rebellion against Rome, and one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Israel.

“Masada shall not fall again.”

August   2009 Hilazon creek

    The Hilazon (Chilazon – snail) creek flows south of the Beit-Kerem valley, from the Sachnin valley to the plains of Acre. Along this nature reserve are a number of ancient sites, starting from the prehistoric periods.

July   2009 Karmi’el (Overview)

  One of the prettiest cities in Israel, located in the heart of the valley of Beit-Kerem. During Byzantine period this was a center of many Christian monasteries.

June   2009 Tell Afek (in the Galilee)

   Tell Afek is a Biblical city on the ancient Via Maris road, south to Acre; its springs  are the sources of the Na’aman river.

Tell Afek in the Galilee

Joshua 19: 24, 30: “And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher… Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob”

May   2009 “Last supper” – Coenaculum

    This place, on Mount Zion, is the traditional site of the the location of the Last Supper (“Coenaculum”). The present day hall is a 12th century Crusader structure, built on top of King David’s tomb.

Mark 15 15: “where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared”

    April   2009 Beit Shean – Scythopolis

   Beit Shean was a major Biblical city. The Hellenistic city, Scythopolis,  was established near its ruins and became a major city until its destruction in the 8th century.

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”

March   2009 Emmaus    – Overview

 Emmaus, also known as Hammat or Nicopolis, was a large city from the Hellenistic period through the Byzantine period.  It is strategically  located on the main road from the plains to Jerusalem.


     Luke 24 13: “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs”.

February   2009  Khirbet Mehoz

   Remains of a Byzantine village in the central upper Galilee.  A recommended  site for a short hike in the spring time, which can also include the nearby sites of Khirbet Heshek and Tefen.

Hurvat (Khirbet) Mehoz

Psalms 107 30:”Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven”

January   2009 Ein Karem (Overview)

    The village of Ein Karem, on the west side of Jerusalem,   is according to tradition the birthplace of John the Baptist.


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