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  1. In Taybeh (biblical Ephraim), where Jesus evangelized the local people, Father Raed Abu Sahlieh holds a peace lamp, part of the mission of the Olive Branch Foundation. The foundation hopes to place a peace lamp in every church in the world as a reminder of the need to pray and work for peace in the Holy Land. “A good Christian is a bridge builder,” says Father Raed. “To be a bridge here means to be a bridge between Palestinians and Israelis, between East and West, between Christians and Muslims, etc.” He urges Americans to visit the Holy Land as a sign of solidarity and a step towards peace.

    In Taybeh (biblical Ephraim), where Jesus evangelized the local people, Father Raed Abu Sahlieh holds a peace lamp, part…

  2. Many of us think of Samaritans existing only in the world of the Bible. But, though in reduced numbers, Samaritans still exist today. Kahen Husni, a Samaritan priest pictured here with the Torah in a small museum on the mount, lives with other Samaritans on Mount Gerizim in the West Bank. The Samaritan community has only about 670 people remaining, with about half living on Mt. Gerizim and the rest living near Tel Aviv.

    Many of us think of Samaritans existing only in the world of the Bible. But, though in reduced numbers, Samaritans still…

  3. Remains at the city of Samaria, which was renovated by King Herod of Jesus’ time, and the surrounding view

    Remains at the city of Samaria, which was renovated by King Herod of Jesus’ time, and the surrounding view…

  4. Some of the olive trees in the Holy Land date back to the time of Jesus

    Some of the olive trees in the Holy Land date back to the time of Jesus…

  5. The upper level of the Church of the Annunciation

    The upper level of the Church of the Annunciation…

  6. Side exterior of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, built on the spot believed to be the cave-home of Mary and the place where the Angel Gabriel revealed that she would bear God’s son

    Side exterior of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, built on the spot believed to be the cave-home of Mary and …

  7. The Church of the Beatitudes in Galilee, on the site believed to be where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount

    The Church of the Beatitudes in Galilee, on the site believed to be where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount…

  8. A view of Qumran and its caves, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

    A view of Qumran and its caves, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered…

  9. This was once the main road from Jericho to Jerusalem, and it was here, through the beautiful valley called Wadi Qelt, that Jesus would have traveled to the holy city. This road is also where the parable of the Good Samaritan would have taken place.

    This was once the main road from Jericho to Jerusalem, and it was here, through the beautiful valley called Wadi Qelt, t…

  10. The city of Jerusalem

    The city of Jerusalem…

  11. The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, with a partial view of Jerusalem. The mount has been a sought-after burial site for the Jewish people since ancient times, as it is believed that when the Messiah comes to Jerusalem, He will begin the resurrection of the dead.

    The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, with a partial view of Jerusalem. The mount has been a sought-after burial s…

  12. The Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem

    The Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem…