The View Towards Jericho Along the Wadi Qelt Below Jerusalem

April 2005

This is the view of Jericho near the horizon about 2/3 of the way down the road from Jerusalem. Wadi Qelt is the canyon with trees/bushes 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 who wanted to test his legal expertise.

Luke 10:25-37 (WEB) 25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus answered, “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 By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way 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 traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, 34 came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ 36 Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Samaritans During Jesus' Generation

During the time of Jesus Samaritans and Jews both used the Torah. 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 preaching was a rebuke to the racists of his day

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     Steep Slope Near Kursi
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     Walking on Water
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