The View Towards Jericho Along the Wadi Qelt Below Jerusalem

April 2005

This was the view of Jericho near the horizon about 2/3 of the way down the slope from Jerusalem.  Wadi Qelt was the canyon with trees upon its rim and sides.  The scenic overlook was accessed by turning at Mitzpe Yerikho and then left again towards a parking lot.  Goat herders lead their flocks along contours on the sides of ridges.

Jesus was passing through the territory.  There is a passage in Luke describing that as he went on his way he met an expert in the law and a conversation ensued:

LUKE 10 -- ASV
The Good Samaritan

 25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and made trial of him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
 26 And he said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.
 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
 30 Jesus made answer and said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
 31 And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
 32 And in like manner a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.
 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion,
 34 and came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine; and he set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
 35 And on the morrow he took out two shillings, and gave them to the host, and said, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, I, when I come back again, will repay thee.
 36 Which of these three, thinkest thou, proved neighbor unto him that fell among the robbers?
 37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. And Jesus said unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Jesus continued on his way to the village of Martha and Mary (Bethany - probably on the south-east slope of the Mt. of Olives). 

Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things:
42 but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

This segment is similar to John 11 where two sisters named Martha and Mary were also described:

John 11

 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."
 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.

This was the Mary who later in the text anointed Jesus before the day of his trial and burial. 

Samaritans during Jesus' Generation

During the time of Jesus Samaritans and Jews both used the Old Testament.  The Samaritan priests were not part of the Jewish order and worshiped on Mt. Gerazim above Shechem in Samaria.  There was some hatred and envy between between the two sects of Jews.  The priests in Jerusalem wanted dominion and opposed the Samaritan's teachings.  About 20 years after Jesus died the Samaritans killed some Galileans who were passing through their territory on their way to a festival of the Jews in Jerusalem (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book XX, Ch. VI).  The Galileans tried to get the Romans to bring the Samaritans to justice.  The Romans did not want to get involved.  The Galileans formed a vigilante group and laid waste to some Samaritan villages.  There were likely long standing resentments between the two sects.  There were ethnic tensions.  Jesus described a "good Samaritan."  Some Jews did not think there were good Samaritans.  Jesus declared his movement to be, "of all nations."  In doing so he put aside ignorant prejudice.

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     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
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     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
Ritual Cleansing
     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
Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope near the Lake
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

Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
     The Basilica of the Annunciation
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
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
Solar Power in Israel

Salt of the earth

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