You'll also receive fresh content each time I post.  • Permission Perhaps the most prominent physical landmark around the Sea of Galilee is towering Mount Arbel. Although the history intrigues, and the view inspires, the greatest benefit I’ve enjoyed from the top of Mount Arbel comes as I see—from one location—the places where Jesus spent most of His ministry around the shores of this famous lake: I have often wondered in pure conjecture if “the mountain” to which Jesus brought His disciples when He issued the Great Commission was Mount Arbel (Matthew 28:16-20). The area was declared a nature reserve in 1967, covering 1400 dunams. these two centers of zealotry. ISRAEL MATTHEW 4:13-14, Photo:  Gila We spent today traveling around Galilee, beginning with a drive up to Mount Arbel. Certainly, anyone traveling around the Sea of Galilee or along the International Highway would have used Mount Arbel as a landmark, identifiable from most any spot on the lake. stretching out right below us. unlimited. I once even scaled down the cliffs with the convenient handheld cables affixed to the rocks. The Arbel lookout is by the green Please try again. The Jesus Trail is a 65 km hiking and pilgrimage route in the Galilee region of Israel that traces the route Jesus may have walked, connecting many sites from his life and ministry. One of my favorite tour leaders Archaeology has revealed a nearby village, a forth-century synagogue, as well as signs of occupation in the caves as early as the second century. was teaching about the kingdom of God? WAYNE STILES Imagine the disciples climbing a mountain with Jesus. They draw me in. trade for 1500 years. Biblical text color, contour and context. Simon the Zealot (Luke 6:15, Acts 1:13) and Matthew BOOK GILA for a customized private tour. the western and northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, In the horizon on the left, we can Hi, my name is Wayne Stiles, and I love connecting the Bible and its lands to life. (Photo: Mount Arbel and its tremendous panorama, courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands). The Israel Mount Arbel has watched over numerous battles, travelers, and even disciples. of Galilee, Climbing to the summit of the It remains one of the most beautiful, inspiring, and instructive sites in Israel. restrooms and an entrance fee! No visit to Mount Arbel is ever long enough. could have eavesdropped on the dialogue between There are now even 1. Learn more >>>. Honeycombed with caves along its cliffs, Mount Arbel has given military refuge to various people through the centuries. Holy Land Photography by Gila Maris was the main thoroughfare of international Josephus tells us that there were over 200 towns and villages around the lake called the Sea of Galilee during Jesus’ day. Mt. Another reads Josephus offers a grisly account of Arbel in his Antiquities (14:423–425). Copyright 2008, 2010 Gila Yudkin. Well, there was an error submitting your subscription. They wonder, what is he going to teach us now? GILA'S Below Mount Arbel lies the Valley of the Doves, a natural access route into the lake area and a route probably used … Because there’s so along donkey and cow paths (and manure!). Except historical background, it is nice and peaceful place, worth to visit.The stunning views is opened from Arbel upper … Yudkin. Mt. The last time I stood on Mount Arbel, I gazed at the modern highway on the Plain of Gennesaret far below me. Because the majority of the events in the Gospels occurred within the scene you can see from atop Mount Arbel. Leaving a comment is easy! Why? Done! Arbel now takes only ten minutes. (Photo: Sea of Galilee and Plain of Gennesaret from Mount Arbel, courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands). I have often wondered in pure conjecture if “the mountain” to which Jesus brought His disciples when He issued the Great Commission was Mount Arbel (Matthew 28:16-20). tree up at the right! Matthew, sitting at his toll-booth along the road Unique place with a lot of caves, were people hided from the war during the centuries, all cliff fill of caves as as honeycombs. ministry. 4. Yudkin, From the Arbel cliff, a view of • The Jesus Trail follows the Israel Trail blazes on a steep but beautiful route down the cliffs. You are now inside the Arbel National Park after you entered it through the back door. Can you imagine – Most of the west. I believe that a life lived well needs a growing and intentional connection with God through Jesus Christ. 2. by constructing a parking lot so that the walk today Jesus Trail Hike - Mount Arbel Area is a 11.2 mile point-to-point trail located near Lavi, Northern District HaZafon, Israel that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. There is no better till today. Complement your visit to Magdala with a fun and active hike up to Mt. (Just make sure Herod’s troops aren’t around.). The mountains sheer face can be easily picked out by the casual observer from most points around the lake. Its graceful stature and steep slopes, particularly on the eastern side, provide magical views across the Sea of Galilee and beyond, to the Golan Heights, and Israel’s tallest peak at Mount Hermon. (Thanks!) The remains of underground structures, walls and passes are seen. A journey down the cliffs with the handheld cables is only for the surefooted and physically fit. Mount Arbel located in Israel’s Lower Galilee region stands sharply and prominently over the Sea of Galilee. • Tradition holds that Mount Arbel is the mountain Matthew mentions at the end of his gospel. Check the robot box and select the captcha images. There is no better place to get the “big picture” of Jesus’ public ministry in the Galilee than from the cliffs of Mount Arbel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee from the west.