ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

Shechem


Shechem/Nablus - (Sept 2003)

This photo was taken from the south looking northwards through the pass between Mt. Gerazim to the left and Mt. Ebal to the right of the gap.  This was Shechem where Jesus visited a woman at a well as recorded in the Gospel According to John. 

Jesus was talking to a woman of Shechem who was at the local well drawing water. 

John 4:20 - 23 (ASV)

The woman said:  "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."   

Jesus saith unto her, "Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father.    Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers."

The Samaritans had an altar on Mt. Gerazim called the altar of Abraham.  On Mt. Gerazim in the left side of the above photo Samaritans sacrificed their Passover lambs.  The Samaritans sacrificed lambs on top of the mountain as late as the 20th century.


Samaritans on Mt. Gerazim with rabbi carrying torah scroll c. 1900-1920


Lambs on wood spits in preparation for the Passover feast, Mt. Gerazim, c. 1900-1920

The Samaritans were a mixed lot of Jews who had intermarried with others after the Assyrian Conquest.  For the Passover they were commanded to roast the meat; not boil it.   The Samaritans camped on Mt. Gerazim in tents in observance of the Passover. 


Samaritans making unleavened bread dough and baking it on the hearth, Mt. Gerazim, c. 1900-1920

For more photos of the Samaritan Passover go to:

Library of Congress Photo Search Page

and follow the link to search page, then type the keyword Samaritan in the box.

Josephus described a temple that was used by the Samaritans on Mt. Gerazim:  Samaritan Temple on Mt. Gerazim

Parable of the Mustard Seed
     A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
     Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
     A Branching Mustard Plant Near the Jordan River/Bethsaida
     Mustard Field March 1999
     Mustard Flowers
Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue

The Fig Tree
     Mt of Olives Fig Tree April 12-13, 2005
     Fig and Pomegranate trees below Siloam in Jerusalem
     Israel Photos II fig tree page
     Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     View from the Vulture Overlook
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Kursi
     
Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope near the Lake
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
     On the Mountain
     Walking on Water

     Ramot-Zelon area
     Alternate location
Mt. Hermon
The Pool(s) of Bethesda in Jerusalem

     Healing Pools
     Southern Pool
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Gihon Spring
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook of  Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
     Grape Vines at Beth Horan
     Towers

Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation
Capernaum
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Bethsaida      
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
A Denarius
Casting out a demon
The Road to Jericho
     Old Roman Road
     Wilderness Above Jericho

     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of  Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
     Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias

Solar Power in Israel

Salt of the earth
Chorazin


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