Judean Wilderness


A Christian tour of the Judean Desert would likely include visits to important biblical sites around the Dead Sea and the Jordan River. The tour may also include stops at monasteries and churches located in the desert, as well as guided hikes through the desert and opportunities to experience the desert’s unique landscape, as well as its historical and cultural significance to Christianity.
1. Begin your tour in Jericho, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Explore the biblical significance of Jericho and its connection to the Old Testament stories, such as the Battle of Jericho.
2. Visit Mount of Temptation, located near Jericho. This mountain is traditionally believed to be the site where Jesus was tempted by the devil during his 40-day fast in the wilderness. Take in the panoramic views and reflect on the biblical account of Jesus’ temptation.
3. Explore the area of the Sycamore Tree, which is associated with the story of Zacchaeus in the Gospel of Luke. This tree is believed to be the same tree climbed by Zacchaeus to get a better view of Jesus. Learn about the significance of this encounter and the themes of repentance and salvation.
4. Visit Tell e-Sultan, the archaeological site believed to be the remains of ancient Jericho. Explore the ruins and gain insights into the historical and biblical context of the city. Learn about the excavations and discoveries that have shed light on the history of Jericho.
5. Proceed to the Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, located in the Judean Wilderness. This monastery is associated with Saint Gerasimos, a revered figure in Christian tradition. Explore the monastery, admire its architecture, and learn about the life and contributions of Saint Gerasimos.
6. Visit Qumran, an archaeological site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Explore the ruins and learn about the Essenes, a Jewish sect believed to have written the scrolls. Gain insights into the historical and religious context of the time and the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for biblical scholarship.
7. Journey to Qasr el-Yahud, the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River. Explore the area, which holds religious significance for Christians. Reflect on the baptism of Jesus and the symbolism of this event in Christian faith.

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4-8 hours


Jericho, Jordan River, Monastery of Saint George, Monastery of Saint Marsaba, Monastery of Saint Gerasimos, Qumran, Qasr el-Yahud – Jesus Baptism Site

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