We awaken on Tuesday morning to one final view from our hotel on the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias and remembering how many events in Jesus’s life occurred around this lake.
As we head south, we have a remarkable visit at Old Testament Beth-Shean, the city where Saul’s body was taken to be hung on the wall after the Philistines defeated Israel. Beth-shean is a remarkable archaeological excavation, with the older city located on the tell behind the New Testament town known as Scythopolis, one of the ten Roman cities known as the Decapolis.
Leaving Beth-shean, we travel to Nablus, near Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim, where the blessings and curses of the Law were read in the presence of the people (Deut. 27-28). Shechem/Nablus is the location of Jacob’s well where we will be in the place where Jesus taught the woman from Samaria (John 4:12).
This is a photo of Jacob’s well. When I first traveled to Israel, the Greek Orthodox Church in which the well is now located had not been built around it. Nevertheless, one can imagine how this well might have looked in Jesus’s day.