The synagogue is for Jews what the church is for Christians and the mosque for Muslims – or is it?
It’s the all-time best-seller, and the No. 1 book many would choose as a desert island companion. But three-quarters of the Christian 'Holy Bible' read around the globe in over 500 languages is in fact the Hebrew Bible, in its 'Old Testament' form.
'Gates' in biblical Israel weren't just a doorway into the city. They were where prophets cried out and kings judged, and people met, like in the ancient city of Dan.
What is the sun god doing on the floor of ancient synagogues? Doesn't that violate the second commandment?
Ancient tradition meets modern ecology: Cleansing the soul, cleaning the water.
Follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis as he touches down for a whirlwind Mideast tour.
This complex of four old houses of worships is overlooked - but shouldn't be.
When passing through security: be patient, expect questions and answer frankly.
Exhibition spans 2,000 years of Holy Writ in a Babel of languages and accompanying religious artifacts.
'Seek and you shall find' should be the motto of the Christian pilgrim in Jerusalem at Christmas time.
Sudden torrents of water foaming through the desert is gorgeous. And mortally dangerous.
Beautiful in its symmetry, this is where Jesus is said to have ascended with three disciples, and was transfigured.
A deep chalk canyon, pools of water and occasional wildlife make this nature reserve a blue-green gem in the Negev Desert.
The extraordinary floor of a 4th-century synagogue is a colorful stone carpet of wonderful workmanship and - for a synagogue - startling themes.
A stele found by archaeologists meshed with writing found by thieves. The result is a 28-line proclamation that supports a wondrous tale involving robbery, a fearsome horse and a gold-armored rider.
Check in online, get to the airport early and keep in mind a line from poet John Milton.
Remember: Security personnel have time; you’ve got a plane to catch. Make it easy for yourself and leave the comedy routine behind.
This crusader structure is refreshingly unadorned compared to other medieval churches, but the extraordinary acoustics make it worth waiting for a hymn.
You can have terrific fun in the sun or you could wind up in hospital. Here’s how to do it right
This may not be the Snake or the Colorado, but the Jordan still provides wet and (sort of) wild fun.
The name of this new trail sounds scary but it's not: It's like a boardwalk anchored securely above the gorge.
It could have been an email to the boss about an unfair manager, but this letter on a pottery fragment from Metzad Hashavyahu dates back to the time of King Josiah.
Near the foot of Mount Gilboa, a thermal spring eases out of the earth right next door to Gan Garoo, a 'pet' project of successive Australian ambassadors.
The Ethiopians have no property in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, only access rights; but they do have a little monastery nearby, known as Deir es-Sultan, that is worth a visit.
On a biblical road, among an unusual patch of reddish limestone, an ancient inn has been reborn as a mosaics museum.
This is not a site to add to your itinerary, but a place you pass on a major highway. You don't even need to stop: Just read the piece before you set out and slow down for the landmarks.
A mosaic map found on the floor of a 6th-century Byzantine church in Jordan offers a useful and unusual guide to the Old City of Jerusalem.
Israel is old. Really old. And on a little kibbutz way up in the northern valley, history buffs can lay eyes on some of the fascinating prehistoric artifacts unearthed from its ancient soil.
This castle, named for the beautiful view, was the last bastion of the Crusaders in the Holy Land.