Nablus. Our first stop in the West Bank. 1st C. Somarian ruins on top of Mt. Garizim. The Sumarians were here when the Hebrews moved in - 3048.This is the place where Jesus washed the feet of a Sumarian woman.Here lies another rock where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac. Sameria is in no country, it is under the control of the Palestinian Authority as of 1994.
Samaritan museum next to the Ritual sacrificing site which is a compulsitory Passover ceremony for the Samaritan people where they sacrifice sheep at the altar and then cook them on spits.
Samarian high priest/ Rabbi enlightens us about the (good) Samarians- now only 600 strong- who have lived on this sacred mountain for 3048 years he tells us. Their original bible- 3606 years old- is hidden for security reasons, here is what they use now- a copy of the Ancient Thora.
Jacchaesus, the tax collector, climbed this tree to better see Jesus in the crowd. Jesus looked up at him and said "Zacchaesus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today", and he came down and welcomed him gladly.
Hishom's Palace. Probably built by Caliph Hisham of Damascus as a winter palace in 743. it collapsed in 747 in an earthquake.
Jericho. Got into Jerico with quite a bit of worry over the 4 checkpoints but all let us through without incident. Tony made quite a few cell phone calls on the way to avoind backups at incidents. We saw going forever the other way stopped at checkpoints but Tny did a good job and got us through.
Tel Es Sultan in Old Jericho. We can see the cable car stretching up the mountain that we will ride the next day. Today we se the Italian archeological crew at work at the excavation site. They tell us this is the site of the world's first city and the first tower ever built.
still another 180 steps to climb when we got up the mountain on the cable car- mom did great!