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Gilboa Mountain - Israel Tours

This is the site of where the tree used to build the cross used to crucify Jesus once stood

If you’re taking an Israel tour you should definitely make a point of visiting Mount Gilboa. The Monastery of the Cross is built on the location of the of where the tree used to build the cross Jesus was crucified on stood. This is said to be the same tree from which Eve took a piece of fruit despite being told not to eat it. Built in the 6th century by Justinian it was destroyed by Hakim and the Persians. It was rebuilt during a quiet period right before the first crusade. Now the monastery is taken care of by two monks in the midst of modern Jerusalem-still a worthwhile stop on an Israel trip.

1 Samuel Chapter 31:1-7

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 3 The battle pressed hard upon Saul, and the archers found him; and he was badly wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword, and died with him. 6 Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together. 7 And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those beyond the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

Gilboa Mountain Israel Tours

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