11. The Holy Land in New Testament Times
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    11. The Holy Land in New Testament Times

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    Key

    Political boundaries

    Sidon

    Abilene

    Sarepta

    Lebanon Mountains

    Damascus

    Litani

    Syria

    Mt. Hermon

    Pharpar

    Tyre

    Phoenicia

    Caesarea Philippi

    Huleh Valley

    Galilee

    Ptolemais (Accho)

    Chorazin

    Bethsaida

    Capernaum

    Kishon

    Cana

    Magdala

    Sea of Galilee (Chinnereth)

    Mt. Carmel

    Nazareth

    Tiberias

    Mt. Tabor

    Yarmuk

    Nain

    Gadara

    Caesarea

    Mt. Gilboa

    Decapolis

    Samaria

    Salim?

    Samaria

    Aenon?

    Plain of Sharon

    Sychar

    Mt. Ebal

    Jabbok

    Joppa

    Mt. Gerizim

    Arimathea?

    Aijalon

    Bethel

    Jordan River

    Perea

    Philadelphia

    Jericho

    Great Sea (Mediterranean Sea)

    Azotus

    Sorek

    Emmaus

    Bethabara

    Jerusalem

    Mt. of Olives

    Bethphage

    Bethany

    Qumran

    Plains of Moab

    Mt. Nebo

    Ascalon

    Elah

    Bethlehem

    Judea

    Gaza

    Hebron

    Machaerus

    Gerar

    Idumea

    Dead Sea

    Arnon

    Besor

    Beersheba

    Masada

    Wilderness of Judea

    Nabatea

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    1. Tyre and Sidon Jesus compared Chorazin and Bethsaida to Tyre and Sidon (Matt. 11:20–22). He healed the daughter of a Gentile woman (Matt. 15:21–28).

    2. Mount of Transfiguration Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John, and they received the keys of the kingdom (Matt. 17:1–13). (Some believe the Mount of Transfiguration to be Mount Hermon; others believe it to be Mount Tabor.)

    3. Caesarea Philippi Peter testified that Jesus is the Christ and was promised the keys of the kingdom (Matt. 16:13–20). Jesus foretold His own death and Resurrection (Matt. 16:21–28).

    4. Region of Galilee Jesus spent most of His life and ministry in Galilee (Matt. 4:23–25). Here He gave the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7); healed a leper (Matt. 8:1–4); and chose, ordained, and sent forth the Twelve Apostles, of whom only Judas Iscariot was apparently not Galilean (Mark 3:13–19). In Galilee the risen Christ appeared to the Apostles (Matt. 28:16–20).

    5. Sea of Galilee, later called Sea of Tiberias Jesus taught from Peter’s boat (Luke 5:1–3) and called Peter, Andrew, James, and John to be fishers of men (Matt. 4:18–22; Luke 5:1–11). He also stilled the tempest (Luke 8:22–25), taught parables from a boat (Matt. 13), walked on the sea (Matt. 14:22–32), and appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection (John 21).

    6. Bethsaida Peter, Andrew, and Philip were born in Bethsaida (John 1:44). Jesus went away privately with the Apostles near Bethsaida. The multitudes followed Him, and He fed the 5,000 (Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–14). Here Jesus healed a blind man (Mark 8:22–26).

    7. Capernaum This was Peter’s home (Matt. 8:5, 14). In Capernaum, which Matthew called Jesus’ “own city,” Jesus healed a paralytic (Matt. 9:1–7; Mark 2:1–12), cured a centurion’s servant, healed the mother of Peter’s wife (Matt. 8:5–15), called Matthew to be one of His Apostles (Matt. 9:9), opened blind eyes, cast out a devil (Matt. 9:27–33), healed a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:9–13), gave the bread of life discourse (John 6:22–65), and agreed to pay taxes, telling Peter to get the money from a fish’s mouth (Matt. 17:24–27).

    8. Magdala This was the home of Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9). Jesus came here after feeding the 4,000 (Matt. 15:32–39), and the Pharisees and Sadducees requested that He show them a sign from heaven (Matt. 16:1–4).

    9. Cana Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1–11) and healed a nobleman’s son who was at Capernaum (John 4:46–54). Cana was also the home of Nathanael (John 21:2).

    10. Nazareth The annunciations to Mary and Joseph took place in Nazareth (Matt. 1:18–25; Luke 1:26–38; 2:4–5). After returning from Egypt, Jesus spent His childhood and youth here (Matt. 2:19–23; Luke 2:51–52), announced that He was the Messiah, and was rejected by His own (Luke 4:14–32).

    11. Jericho Jesus gave sight to a blind man (Luke 18:35–43). He also dined with Zacchaeus, “chief among the publicans” (Luke 19:1–10).

    12. Bethabara John the Baptist testified that he was “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” (John 1:19–28). John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River and testified that Jesus is the Lamb of God (John 1:28–34).

    13. Wilderness of Judea John the Baptist preached in this wilderness (Matt. 3:1–4), where Jesus fasted 40 days and was tempted (Matt. 4:1–11).

    14. Emmaus The risen Christ walked on the road to Emmaus with two of His disciples (Luke 24:13–32).

    15. Bethphage Two disciples brought Jesus a colt on which He began His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:1–11).

    16. Bethany This was the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 11:1). Mary heard Jesus’ words, and Jesus spoke to Martha of choosing the “good part” (Luke 10:38–42); Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1–44); and Mary anointed Jesus’ feet (Matt. 26:6–13; John 12:1–8).

    17. Bethlehem Jesus was born and was laid in a manger (Luke 2:1–7); angels heralded to the shepherds the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:8–20); wise men were directed by a star to Jesus (Matt. 2:1–12); and Herod slew the children (Matt. 2:16–18).