links to the land


Caesarea Philippi: Jesus’ Promise at Caesarea Philippi

“The text does not specify that Jesus entered Caesarea Philippi, but that He came to the ‘region’ (NKJV), ‘district’ (NASB), ‘the area of’ (NET) Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13).”

Corinth: The Meat Market at Corinth

“‘Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.’ (1 Corinthians 10:25 ESV) The Greek word used here for ‘meat market’ is makellon. Archaeological discoveries at Corinth include inscriptions mentioning the meat market and the fish market.”

Hebrew manuscripts: The Aleppo Codex

“The oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible in existence is brought to you for the first time online. … The manuscript known as the Keter or ‘crown’ of Aleppo is the oldest existent manuscript known to us …”

Jerusalem: The Burnt House, Jerusalem

“… The Burnt House in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. … I don’t think it makes it onto the itinerary of many tours to the Holy Land so it qualifies as ‘obscure.’ This is a site that dates back to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in the first century.”

Nazareth: The Quest for the Historical Nazareth

“In the case of first-century Nazareth, religious scholars tend to talk up the size of Nazareth, while skeptics tend to question whether Nazareth even existed at the time. …  ‘Nazareth’ occurs 29 times in the Bible, all of them in the NT. Nazareth is never mentioned in the Tanakh or in any other Jewish writings of the period. … There are no references to Nazareth in the Apostolic Fathers, and just handful of references in Christian texts from the second half of the second century CE. …

“Nazareth probably did not have a synagogue in the first two decades of the first century. In the time of Jesus the population may have been fewer than 300 persons, and we might imagine that the majority of them would have been children.”