This page summarizes the sites that are reviewed in the region of Samaria (Shomron).
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Har Brakha (“Mount of Blessing”)
A communal village located on the south side of Mt Gerizim in Samaria.
Luza (Samaritan Village, Mt. Gerizim)
Kiryat Luza is a modern Samaritan village, located on the foothills of the Samaritans’ Holy Mt. Gerizim.
Mount Gerizim is a holy and historic site, located on the south side of Shechem. Ruins of Persian and Hellenistic period Samaritan temple, and Byzantine Church.
A lookout place on Mt. Gerizim, with great views of Tel Shechem, modern Nablus, and the tomb of Joseph. Joshua 24:32: “And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem…”.
Itamar is an Israeli community in Samaria, located on the hills south east of Shechem.
Exodus 38 21: “…by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest”.
Elon Moreh is an Israeli community in Samaria, located on Mount Kabir, east of Shechem.
Genesis 12 6: “And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem,
unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.”.
Ruins of a small Iron age settlement on the hills facing Afek, identified as Eben Ezer.
1 Samuel 4 1: “Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle,
and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek”.
Tel Shiloh was the religious capital of Israel after the conquest of Canaan, and the assembly place for the people of Israel.
Joshua 18 1: “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh,
and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there”.
Kida is a new community (2003) established on the eastern side of Samaria, overlooking the Allon Road and the Judean desert.
Shomron (Samaria) was the capital city of the Northern Kingdom, established by Omri and Ahab. An important Hellenistic and Roman cities in the Holy Land.
1 Kings 16 23-24: “Omri … bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria”.
Ruins of Roman fortress and Byzantine monastery in Western Samaria.
Ruins of a multi period village, from the Early Bronze to the Ottoman period, on the side of Allon road in Samaria.
A Roman/Byzantine and Ottoman period village, located near a spring on the foothills of Mt. Baal-Hazor. A unique Middle Bronze cemetery is located on its west side.
Ruins of a Canaanite and Israelite major city located on a hill near Samiya spring.
Sites along the Allon Road, that crosses the eastern side of Samaria from North to South.
The Biblical city of Arumah is situated on a steep hill southeast of Itamar. On its foothills are huge cisterns and ruins of Hasmonean fortifications.
Judges 9: 41: “And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah…”
Kh. Tibneh, in the hill country of Ephraim, is identified as Timnath- Serah or Timnath-Heres – the burial-place of Joshua according to the Bible.
Joshua 24: 30: “And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah…”.
Ruins of a fortified village situated near the Lebonah ascent. Identified as Kfar Lakitia – one of the Roman garrisons at the end of the Bar- Kokhba revolt.
Judges 21:19: “…on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem,
and on the south of Lebonah”.
Several Iron Age altars were found around the worship center of Shiloh.
(Exodus 27:2): “And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof…”.
Ruins of an ancient village in the Gofna mountain region in Samaria. Nearby is a memorial park with pools and springs.
A famous prehistoric cave above the bank of the Natuf valley. It gave the name of an Early Man culture.
On the hill are ruins of a village and agriculture installations dated to the first temple and Roman/Byzantine periods.
A spring, pool and garden located in a valley south of the community of Dolev.
Halamish (Neveh Tzuf)
Ancient winery complex, oil presses, tombs and spring in and around the community of Halamish/Neveh Tzuf.
Zereda (Kh. Banat Bar)
Ruins of an Iron Age fortress and village, identified as the home town of Jeroboam son of Nebat who split United Monarchy.
Ruins of an unknown Hasmonean/Herodion fortress on a hilltop on the bend of Nahal Natuf stream.
Ruins of a Biblical city. Some scholars suggest this was Ramathaim Zophim – the home city and place of burial of prophet Samuel.
An impressive fortified Byzantine monastery, built over a Late Roman fortress.
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This page was last updated on Apr 4,2020 (Added Joseph Lookout)
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