PILGRIMAGE  in  HOLY-LANDS

 

JERUSALEM

 

TOMB OF BENJAMIN

 

 This is the view from the north side. This structure is actually a sebil - a 15th C Turkish public water fountain. The visitors washed themselves before entering the site for a prayer.

The site is neglected and dirty, especially after some holidays when busloads of people, mostly Jewish, come to pray. In the last 10 years there is a rise in the number of people that come to Holy tombs, a phenomenon that is hard to explain. Dozens of such sites were rebuilt and revisited after many years of neglect. Every weekend there are hundreds of believers that tour the Tomb sites around Israel, asking for hearing their prayers.

 

Benjamin was the youngest of the sons of Jacob, and head of one of the 12 Tribes of Israel. This tribe was located in the center of Israel, between Judah and Ephraim. The region included parts of Jerusalem, and the cities of Beth-El, Givon and Jericho. Both King Saul, the first Israelite King, and Jermiah, one of the greatest prophets, came from the tribe of Benjamin.
 

The view of the site from the south side. On the right (hidden in this photo) is one of the two wells.


The tomb of Benjamin, according to one of the traditions, is located on the road from Kefar-Sava to Kochav-Yair, west of Kalkilia. This location used to be located on the main road from North (Galilee, Syria and beyond) and south (Egypt). The next stop south was Jaljulia, the Gilgal of the Sharon.
 

The gate to the yard. In Hebrew the sign reads: "The Holy Zion - Benjamin son of Jacob - one of the Israelite tribes"


The tomb is called by the Arabs "E Neby Yamin" Neby. On the north side of the tomb is an Arabic stone plate which praises the lord.
 

The entrance to the room, with the Hebrew title "Benjamin tomb"


A nearby agriculture village, Neve Yamin, is called after the tomb.
The site was populated in the late Roman and Byzantine periods (2nd to 7th C AD). There are two wells, one can be seen near the tomb.
 

The ceiling of the chamber


The Tomb, and some of the ruins around it, are from the Mameluke period (14th C AD). A hostel (Khan) nearby has the stone plate with the date of 1312.

 

 

TOMB OF PROPHET SAMUEL

 

The tomb of Samuel the prophet below the Mameluke building


The tomb of Samuel, the prophet, who led the Israelites and anointed Saul, is traditionally located on a high hill west of Jerusalem.
Benjamin of Metudela visited the site when he traveled the land in 1173, noting that the Crusaders had found the bones of Samuel in a Jewish cemetery in Ramla on the coastal plain and reburied here, overlooking the Holy City. Scholars tell us that the Crusaders mistakenly believed Ramla to be Samuel’s burial place, confusing it with the biblical Rama, north of Jerusalem.
The traditional tomb site, which became known as Nebi Samwil (“the prophet Samuel”), may have been Mizpah, where Samuel was appointed leader of the Israelites (1 Sam. 7:5-6).
Over time practically every ancient Jewish traveler mentioned the place and its synagogue. Today too, a synagogue is located at the tomb, along with a panoramic view from the roof, and fascinating remains spanning some 1,500 years.

 

 

TOMB OF PROPHET JETHRO

 

Inside shrine, tomb of Nabi Shuaib (Prophet Jethro or Yitro, father in law of Moses)

 

One of the most important Druze gathering sites is the tomb of Nebi Shu'eib - the prophet Jethro - at the Horns of Hittin, overlooking Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). According to Druze tradition, Saladin had a dream on the eve of his battle against the Crusaders at this site, in which an angel promised him victory on condition that after the battle he gallop westward on his horse. Where the stallion would pull up, the angel promised, he would find the burial site of Nebi Sheuib. When the dream came true, the Druze built a tomb at the site, next to which is a rock bearing a footprint, believed to be that of Nebi Sheuib himself. On April 25 each year, the Druze gather at the site to discuss community affairs.
(quoted from Dr. Naim Aridi who is an author and educator with a doctorate in Hebrew Literature. He lectures at Gordon College and the College for Arab Teachers in Haifa. He resides in Maghar).

 

 

 

GOD IS THE LORD WHO DOES MIRACLES

 

   

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