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The land is located in the southern Sea of Galilee area of the Lower Galilee, in a region known as Yavniel Valley. The valley is delineated on the north by Karnei Hittin, on the east by Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, on the south by Yavniel and in the west by the hills of the Lower Galilee. The entire valley and the land is cultivated agricultural land.
This is the region where Jesus lived. This where he spent most of his lifetime, where he preached his sermons, gathered his followers and apostles and where he spoke to his people. Landmarks with religious significance located near the land:
Karnei Hittin is the name of a mountain located in the Lower Galilee near Mount Arbel. The name of the extinct volcano comes from its two peaks, whose shape is similar to that of horns (translator’s note – Karnei Hittin means the Horns of Hittin). The area surrounding the mountain is a nature reserve. From Karnei Hittin you can see the Sea of Galilee, Mount Gilead, the Golan Heights, and the Galilee. On July 4, 1187, a battle took place at the foot of the mountain between the Crusader armies, which arrived from Sepphoris, and Saladin’s army, which arrived from the fords of the River Jordan, south of Tzemach. The Crusaders suffered a resounding defeat, and the surviving combatants fled to the top of the mountain, where they surrendered. The Battle of Karnei Hittin, or the Battle of Hittin, symbolizes the initial destruction of the Crusader kingdom in the Land of Israel.
The Jordan River
The Jordan River is the river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The baptism site, which is visited by every pilgrim in the Holy Land, is located just a few kilometers from the land. The Jordan River played an important strategic role in the Bible: The Jordan River is mentioned a few times as the eastern border of the Land of Canaan and as the dividing line between the two and a half tribes who received their land east of the Jordan River and the remaining Tribes of Israel. The Book of Joshua tells about how the Children of Israel entered the Land of Canaan via the Jordan River, and in the town of Adam the water stood to one side and the flow of the Jordan River ceased, all the way to the Dead Sea. The Book of Joshua also tells about the members of the Tribe of Ephraim, who prevented the Midianites who were retreating from Gideon from crossing the fords of the Jordan. In the Book of Samuel, in the rebellion of Absalom, King David escapes with his men and crosses the Jordan River. On his return, as a gesture of conciliation, Shimei Son of Gera lets him use his ferry to carry his people across the river. In the Book of Kings, the Prophet Elijah parted the river with his mantle and, when he ascended to Heaven, the miracle of the Prophet Elijah took place.
Naaman, the commander of the army of Aram, was cured of leprosy after bathing seven times in the Jordan River.
Capernaum was a town on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, not far from Korazim, in Tabcha Valley (Ein Sheva). This is where Jesus preached the Sermon Of The Loaves and the Fishes and where he walked upon the water.
Capernaum served as Jesus’ principal center of activity for many years, and some of the disciples (Simon and his brother Andrew, and James the Greater and his brother John) lived there.
The home of Joseph and Mary and the site of the Annunciation, where the angel told Mary that she was carrying the son of God. Nazareth is also the place where Jesus was raised, from infancy to adulthood.
Mount of Beatitudes
The Mount of Beatitudes is where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, which included the tenets of his faith. The Mount of Beatitudes is also the place where Jesus chose his 12 disciples in the New Testament.