Tel Aviv's Scriptural Sister
The sweeping view from atop Jaffa's archaeological mound is truly worth a thousand words. With the modern city of Tel Aviv stretching off into the distance, you'll understand that for millennia before Tel Aviv was born (just a century ago), Jaffa was the hub and magnet that Tel Aviv now is.
When you tour Jaffa (Joppa), you'll discover that it was first mentioned in Scripture as the inheritance of the tribe of Dan (Josh.19:46). You'll see the site of the ancient port, where 3,000 years ago Solomon offloaded cedars to build the Temple (2 Chron. 2:16) and where Jonah set sail for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3).
You'll see the site of the ancient port, where 3,000 years ago Solomon offloaded cedars to build the TempleYou'll discover a pearl of Jaffa in the Maine Friendship House, where a New England couple has restored one of the homes inhabited by American Christians who made Jaffa their Holy Land home in 1866.
But best of all, as you tour Jaffa, around the Church of St. Peter you'll remember that here Peter raised Tabitha from the dead and made the city a center of the young church (Acts 9:36-42), and where Peter had his vision on Simon the Tanner's roof - the vision that sent Peter to Cornelius, and Christianity to the world (Acts 11:4-11).
Photo: Tel Aviv beach