JERUSALEM-the 50 sites you may overlook

In a historic and religious city like Jerusalem there is so much to see no matter how much you tour. When time is a limiting factor, even the most efficient tour guides have to compromise while deciding what to incorporate in the itinerary. Although it depends on the interest of the individual visitor as well, there is still a huge must-see-list in Jerusalem that cannot be avoided. At every stop so much information is thrown on a visitor that sometimes s/he tends to forget the details after leaving the place.

I remember when I first visited the Church of Holy Sepulcher, it appeared to me more like a small museum than a church. I was virtually clueless inside a dark and dull overcrowded massive complex of more than 25 chapels with several curious artifacts and antiques scattered under some dusky arches and dingy columns. It took me at least three visits with a proper map in hand to understand the Church complex. A normal visitor for instance would be satisfied with Golgotha, the ‘Stone of Unction’ and the ‘Holy Sepulcher’, but the oldest part of the complex, viz. the first century tombs inside the Syrian Orthodox Chapel could be easily missed.

In the upcoming posts I plan to upload 50 such sites from Jerusalem that I believe can be easily overlooked or go unnoticed by an average visitor. I am incorporating the following sites from my previous visits, again with no specific order of importance. I am sure that a serious traveler who loves history, traditions and the Bible has noticed or been to most of them.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mount Tabor (1886 ft or 575 M) and vicinity-one of the most fertile regions of Israel today. This Biblical mountain is associated with Deborah, Barak, Gideon and Samuel. However, Mount Tabor is more famous for its affiliation with Jesus' transfiguration. You can see the Catholic Basilica of Transfiguration at the summit. There is also an Eastern Orthodox monastery at the mountain top.

Tabor is mentioned 12 times in the Old Testament (NKJV Bible), viz. Joshua 19:12, 22, 34; Judges 4:6, 12, 14; 8:18; I Samuel 10:3; I Chronicles 6:77; Psalms 89:12; Jeremiah 46:18 and Hosea 5:1, but has never been mentioned in the New Testament by name. For the transfiguration of Jesus see Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36 and 2 Peter 1:16-18.

"As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come" (Jeremiah 46:18).

"The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name" (Psalms 89:12).

"1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him" (Mathew 17:1-3).

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