November 17, 2019
Nathan Gopen

Nathan Gopen

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Nathan Gopen is a professional software engineer and MIT graduate. He is committed to using his skills in software, multimedia and graphic design to create inspiring and powerful new ways of comprehending and studying the vast riches of God's Word.

Israel Tour Map

August 07, 2019

Overview

The map below contains markers at select featured tour locations. 

Laodicea, an ancient city, located in modern times near the Turkish city Denizli, was situated in a valley along major trade routes.  The city was very prosperous from its medical and banking industries.  

Philadelphia, known in modern times as the Turkish town of Alaşehir, was established by King Eumenes II of Pergamon, in honor of his brother, Attalus II, who was loyal to him and would be his successor.  Located along a trade route southeast of Sardis, the city stood in a valley at the base of Mount Tmolus.

Sardis, located east of Smyrna and southeast of Thyatira, was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia.  Originally built upon an acropolis at an elevation of 1500 feet for security, then later expanded to the slopes of the hill for easier access along a prime trade route. 

Thyatira was a city of tradespeople, with guilds that included wool-workers, linen-workers, makers of outer garments, dyers, leather-workers, tanners, potters, bakers, slave-dealers, and bronze-smiths. It was known for its rich purple dye for cloth.

Smyrna was a seaport city, about thirty miles north of Ephesus. It had a prominent Jewish community, as well as a strong allegiance to the Roman Empire.

Pergamos, also known as Pergamum or Pergamon,  was a wealthy city established as one of the major cultural centers of the ancient Greek empire during the second century BC.  When Rome took over and Augustus Caesar established the cult of emperor worship close to the turn of the first century, Pergamos was chosen as the headquarters, and a temple was built in honor of Rome and Augustus, approximately 29 BC. 

Located in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City lies the historic Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This beautiful church is of tremendous religious importance and still serves as a chief focus for Christian pilgrims since two of the most crucial events of the life of Jesus occurred here, which are discussed below.

Nazareth

August 17, 2018

The predominantly Arab city, Nazareth, is located in the northern part of Israel. Being a predominantly Arab city, it has a Muslim majority with a Christian minority. This wonderful city has immense Biblical significance and some pretty mesmerizing sights.

Despite its great significance, the city hasn’t been a popular tourist site. However, steps were taken recently to try and make this city a popular tourist spot, among the other tourist spots of Israel.

The Mount of Beatitudes, like its name suggests, is a peak in the northern part of Israel. The mountain is exceptionally stunning and holds immense religious significance as it’s the site where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. The Mount of Beatitudes is geographically related to a number of religiously significant places, including the city of Capernaum, the Sower’s Cove and Tabgha.  

The Mount of Beatitudes is a Holy Mount where you can feel a sense of peacefulness and calmness just by visiting this place. It has this sort of religious tranquility that you can just wander about in. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for some Holy escape to reconnect with your spiritual self.

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