The Old Roman Road from Jericho to Jerusalem

April 2005

Looking east near the mouth of Wadi Qelt.  The modern aqueduct was close to the course of an old Roman aqueduct that brought water from a spring upstream to western Jericho (Eriha).  Herod built a palace near the the white plastic greenhouses along the dry wash (left of center).  This black top road may have been over the top or parallel to the course of an Ottoman road built close to the lines of the old Roman road as one traveled either down to Jericho or up to Jerusalem.  According to some of the research I read not much remains of the original Roman road.  Parts of it paralleled the modern road down towards Jericho.  In other places the modern road departs from the old road course. 

Some tradition indicates the Good Samaritan whom Jesus commended for his charity might have stayed in an inn near the halfway point between Jerusalem and Jericho.  Others indicated the inn was probably in Jericho.

There were numerous goat trails, military roads, and Bedouin roads in the area, the ruins of the road are difficult to locate as much erosion occurred during the winter flash floods of the past two thousand years. 

Sephoris 4/05

This is a Roman road photo from the ruins of Sephoris near Nazareth, the stone pavers showed tracks from ancient wagons in the Roman-Byzantine marketplace.  Many Roman roads contained no pavers and others that used to be of made of pavers are gone as the stone was robbed for other uses. 

Feb 2002

The remains of a 1st century pavement below the Western Wall/Ophel Historical Park, Jerusalem

 Jan 2006

The photo is of a late Roman staircase cut into the rock by hammer and chisel at Akrabiim/Scorpian Pass in the Negev. 
The road here was passable by people and pack animals. 

Jan 2006

In flat places the ancient road was a beaten track cleared of stones.  This road grade was above the Scorpian Pass ascent near the ruined fort Horbat Zafir in the Negev.

George A. Barton reported a Roman road whose line of pavers was yet visible intersecting another Roman road 4 miles north of Jerusalem that led down to Caesarea.  He presumed this was the road that was used by the Romans to transport Paul to Casearea (Acts 23:23-24) in his Archaeology and the Bible 7th ed., 1937.

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