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“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16
Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Visit the Church of the Annunciation where Mary was met by the Archangel Gabriel who “announced” to her the coming birth of Jesus. Visit the church over the house and carpentry shop of Joseph where Jesus grew up. Nazareth today is one of the largest Arab cities in Israel. Check out its churches, markets and eateries.
Capernaum – Peter’s Hometown
“Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prision, he departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he came and dwelt in Capernaum which is upon the sea coast…” Matthew 4:12-3
K’far Nahum (Capernaum) where Peter lived and Jesus visited. Capernaum was a fishing village in the time of the Hasmoneans located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500 and archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other and a church, which was built on top of the home of Peter where Jesus visited.
“And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.” Matthew 27:59-61
Via Dolorosa (way of sorrow) where Jesus carried the cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Originally built by the mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., the Church of the Holy Sepulcher commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus’s burial. The original Byzantine church was destroyed by the Persians in AD 614. Rebuilt shortly thereafter, the Egyptian caliph al-Hakim destroyed the church in 1009 and had the tomb hacked down to bedrock. The Crusaders rebuilt the church and much of what is standing today is from that time period.
Mt. of the Beatitudes
“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…” Matthew 5:1-2
Mt. of Beatitudes where a Catholic Church was built in 1927 to commemorate the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus delivered.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” Luke 2:15
Visit Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity, a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ’s birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches, and the Shepherd’s Field – approximately 2 km to the east of Bethlehem lies the village of Beit Sahour, where one of the most sacred places to Christians; the Shepherds’ Field; is found, identified as the scene where the Angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth.