Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Day 3 (Part 3): Mount of Temptation, Jericho

After our sumptuous lunch at the Temptation Restaurant, Jericho, we headed towards Mount of Temptation. Due to the 3 hours delay at Allenby Bridge, we had to change some of the schedule.

The summit of Mount of Temptation, rising to a height of 350 meters above sea level and commanding a magnificent and panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, is the site where Jesus (pbuh) spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan, about 3 km northwest of Jericho.

A Greek Orthodox monastery was built in the 6th century over the cave where Christ stayed. This spot is another of the holy sites said to have been identified by Queen Helena in her pilgrimage of 326 AD.

The mountain; which from early Christian times has been called the Mount of Temptation; was referred to as "Mons Quarantana" by the Crusaders in the first half of the 12th century, and is locally known as Quruntul mountain (from Quaranta meaning forty, the number of days in the Gospel account of Christ's fast).

"... Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" Matthew (IV, 8-10). (clipped from here)

The Mount of Temptation can be accessed using cable cars. It can be taken from the Temptation Restaurant.
The other alternative is to walk up - that would be horrible on such a hot day.

The Monastery of Temptation. According to Sudqi, our tour guide, only one monk oversee the place and he is 70+ years old.

At the tip of the mountain is where Satan tempted Jesus.

Background is the Mount of Temptation

We now drive towards Tiberias to spend the night.

View from our hotel

Night market

The good news is that, we will be staying here for two nights. Hurray! No need to wake up early to do packing :-)

Now, let's go and wash some panties and shirts. Oops. Should not air my dirty linen in public.

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Kellan said...

I just can't believe what a wonderful trip you are on. I am able to see so many wonderful places/pictures through your fabulous travels. Have fun and be careful. Take care - Kellan

CY said...

Just breath taking views every where u visit Keep the phoyos coming, Chris

Elena said...

Good post.