First Foothold of the Israelites in the Promised Land
When you stand atop the ancient mound of Jericho, surrounded by the rich green expanses of world's first city, you'll realize immediately how valuable a first conquest it was for the Israelites. Joshua's triumph here - the crossing of the Jordan on dry land, the silent marches around the walls, the trumpets sounding at Joshua's signal, the crumbling of the ramparts - is one of the Bible's best-loved stories. You'll remember that special thrill of being where it happened, and truly understand the great words: "by faith, the walls of Jericho fell" (Heb. 11:30).
...the trumpets sounding at Joshua's signal, the crumbling of the ramparts - is one of the Bible's best-loved stories.
As you tour Jericho, you'll also remember that in this city Jesus commanded little Zacchaeus the tax collector to come down from his tree and dine with him (Luke 19:1-9), and healed blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46).
You'll also feel closer than ever before to that unlikely heroine of Jericho, the first woman and the first gentile in the Bible to utter God's plan for the Israelites - Rahab. Her words, "the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below" (Josh. 2:11), echo down through history. They are, after all, what brought you here to the land!
Dwelling foundations unearthed at Tell es-Sultan in Jericho