Israel: Jericho

Jericho is known as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. A Palestinian city inside Israel territory located near Jordan river. Archaeologists found traces of habitation as early as 9000 BC and the city was fortified from 6800 BC or earlier.

There are archaeological evidences that the city was destroyed and rebuild several times.

Jericho's first mentioned in the Bible was when two spies were sent by Joshua from Shittim to spy on the land.

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” --Joshua 2:1

But the most famous story of Jericho is chronicled in the book of Joshua Chapter 6 on how the Israelites conquered the fortified walls of Jericho.

Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” --Joshua 6:1-3

Another great story from the New Testament about Jericho is the conversion of Zaccheus the chief tax collector who climbed up into the sycamore tree in order to see Jesus.

Sycamore tree
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.     -- Luke 19:1-4

Here we found a huge sycamore tree in the city of Jericho which is claimed to be the same tree where Zaccheus climbed. How did we know this is the tree in the story? Because this is the only sycamore tree in the city.

The Bible also describes Jericho as the "City of Palm Trees" and our tour guide mentioned that the best-tasting dates from Israel can be found in Jericho. Hay buti pa ang Jericho may dates. #whogoat

Grace, Michelle and Kytin with Palm trees backdrop


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