Site of the Month – 2010

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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 2010.

   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  2010 Nebi Samuel – Overview

  The holy site of Nebi Samuel is the traditional tomb of prophet Samuel, with remains from the Hasmonean period (2nd century BC) through the Crusaders period (12th century AD).

1 Samuel 10 17: “And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh”

November  2010 Beit Alpha and Hefzi-Bah

  An ancient synagogue from the Byzantine period, where a beautiful mosaic floor  was found, illustrating a Zodiac, the Ark, and the binding of Isaac.  Nearby, a center of the Makuya Japanese movement.

October  2010 Kedesh – Overview

   One of the largest and most important ancient mounds in the Galilee. Inhabited from the Bronze age to the Roman period. Recent excavations focus on the Persian/Hellenistic period.


September  2010 Tell Rechov (Tel Rehov, Rehob)

     A large mound located in the Beit She’an valley, with remains from the Canaanite and Israelite periods. This is an active archaeological dig which continues to shed light on the Biblical period.

August  2010 Jabal Munttar (‘Azazel)

   High mountain in the Judean desert, site of a ruined Byzantine monastery, and probable place of the Biblical scapegoat ceremony.


  Leviticus 16 10: “”But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.”

July 2010 Khorvat Omrit

   A newly discovered Roman imperial temple complex, south-west of Banias (Caesarea-Philippi). Its temple is identified as the Augusteum described by Josephus and built by Herod.

Kh. Omrit - eastern staircase


Josephus (Wars 1 21):”…he (Herod) built there also a temple of white marble, hard by the fountains of Jordan”.

June 2010 Tell Dan

  A nature reserve and the source of the Dan and Jordan rivers. An impressive archaeological site with unique  remains of the Canaanite and Israelite cities and a Biblical High Place.   (5 web pages)

Joshua 19 47: “… and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father”.

May 2010 Banias (Caesarea Philippi)

   An impressive Greco-Roman city located near a flowing spring – one of the sources of the Jordan river on the foothills of the Hermon mountain. A Roman sanctuary, which included temples and ritual courtyards,  was built near the sacred grotto of Pan.

 Apr 2010 Temple Mount

   The temple mount is the place where the Biblical temples were built, starting from King Solomon almost 3,000 years ago. Herod’s temple was destroyed by the Romans and never rebuilt again by the Jews. It was replaced by the Muslim shrines in the 8th century AD which stand there today, with the Golden Dome of the Rock –  the city’s symbol.

 Mar 2010 Gamla (Gamala)

   Gamla, a large fortified city located on a high ridge above a crossing of two gorges,  is one of the famous cities where Jewish rebels fought bravely against the Romans until their fatal end.

Gamla - from the north

  Josephus (War 4, 1 1): “Gamala … was situated upon a rough ridge of a high mountain”.

   Feb 2010 Bethsaida

  The ruins of the village are located on a hill, above the delta of the upper Jordan river, a fertile area with many ancient villages. It was a Biblical city in the land of Geshur, and a Roman city, the site of Jesus’ two miracles.

  Mark 8:22: “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him…”


Jan 2010 Qumran

     Ruins of a famous Roman period settlement on the NW shore of the Dead Sea. This was the home of the Essenes, a break-away religious sect. Scrolls of Biblical and other books, hidden in jars, were discovered in the caves around the site.

Qumran - in the north-western side of the Dead Sea


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