Biblical Archaeology
Discover the history of the St. George Monastery

In the fourth century CE, Byzantine monks retreated to the Judean desert to live a simpler, more remote life.

During that time, more than 60 monasteries were built into the Judean desert landscape. While many were destroyed by invaders and a large 19th century earthquake, a handful remain active today.

Possibly one of the most beautiful examples is St. George Monastery, a Greek Orthodox monastery built seamlessly into the side of the rocky mountain canyon at Wadi Qelt, a popular hiking spot.

With a complicated history dating back to the fourth century, the monastery sits parallel to the ancient road to Jericho referenced in Jesus’ Good Samaritan parable, and is said to be the setting of the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” from Psalm 23.

# The Bible # Christianity # Israeli Archaeology
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