Mount Arbel would certainly be a good candidate for such a place. [1][2], In 161 BCE "Arbela" was the site of a battle between the supporters of the Maccabees and Seleucid general Bacchides, who defeated and killed his opponents (1 Macc. 2. The cave system was finally refortified into a cave castle by Ali Beg, the son of 17th-century Druze ruler, emir Fakhr ad-Din al-Maani. Photos of the caves of Arbel located on Mount Arbel by the Sea of Galilee. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Mount Arbel (Hebrew: הר ארבל‎, Har Arbel) is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ). Many first-time visitors are surprised to discover that the Bible makes no mention of Mount Arbel, although you might consider this passage from Hosea 10:14: Therefore tumult shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be plundered as Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle; a mother dashed in pieces upon her children. Mount Arbel (Hebrew: הר ארבל‎, Har Arbel) is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue. This city was known as Arbela. It really could have been. Arbel is located above the ancient trade routes between the south-west (via Yokneam or Megiddo) and the north-east (via Capernaum, Bethsaida to Damascus and beyond). The mountain is not referred to explicitly in the Bible. The mountain is not referred to explicitly in the Bible. I have often wondered in pure conjecture if “the mountain” to which Jesus brought His disciples when He issued the Great Commission was Mount Arbel (Matthew 28:16-20). Mount Arbel from the other side. Mt. [10] A hike to the top of Mount Arbel from the south is included in the Israel National Trail, and an approach from the west is part of the Jesus Trail; the trails converge temporarily at the peak. [3] Josephus mentions in his Antiquities that the Greek general captured the many people who had taken refuge in the caves at Arbela. However, there are several New Testament Texts that refer to a mountain/’secluded place’ somewhere near the sea (Mark 1:35; 3:13; Luke 5:16; 6:12; Matthew 14:23; 28:16). Arbel, with its 110-metre vertical drop, is the only known mountain in Israel to serve as a base jumping site. 9:2). Rising about 1300 feet above the Plain of Gennesaret, the sharp cliffs of the mountain face make for one of the most recognizable landmarks around the sea (and also a spectacular hike!). The peak, at 181 metres above sea level (380 metres above the surrounding area), dominates the surroundings (much of the area is below sea level) and from the lookout atop the mountain, almost all of the Galilee into the Golan Heights including Safed, Tiberias and most of the Sea of Galilee, is visible. 1. These dictionary topics are from M.G. However, there are several New Testament Texts that refer to a mountain/’secluded place’ somewhere near the sea (Mark 1:35; 3:13; Luke 5:16; 6:12; Matthew 14:23; 28:16). Below that are a series of switchbacks that eventually lead to the Bedouin village of Hamaam. From this one spot they could observe the area where Jesus called them as disciples as well as the many places where He taught and performed miracles according to the gospels. Another route passes along the shores of the Sea of Galilee towards Tiberias, then south to Beth She’an (Skythopolis). Mount Arbel (Hebrew: הר ארבל ‎, Har Arbel) is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue.Mt. Mount Arbel is on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee just north of the city of Tiberias. We know from history that this particular area was the center of the flax industry and the making of linen products in biblical times. ( Log Out /  [4], In 38 BCE, we are told by Josephus, partisans of Antigonus fighting against Herod who was conquering the land with Roman support, were either killed in their cave hideouts or committed suicide.[3][5][6]. Mt. 20, paragraph 6", "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves", Detailed description how to climb mount Arbel, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mount_Arbel&oldid=953177744, Protected areas of Northern District (Israel), Former populated places in Southwest Asia, Wikidata value to be checked for Infobox mountain, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 April 2020, at 02:29. From Galyn Wiemers of Generation Word Bible Teaching Ministry. Arbel. Mt. Sea of Galilee is to the west. King Herod used fire to remove criminals from these caves. From here there are metal handholds driven into the rock to aid those who want to make the climb down to the valley below. Today this site is occupied with the moshav (cooperative farm) known by the name of Arbel. The reserve covers the immediate area around the cliff.[9]. [5], The area was declared a nature reserve in 1967, covering 1400 dunams. Mount Arbel is on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee just north of the city of Tiberias. No visit to Mount … Looking to the north from the top of Arbel. These are the cliffs with the caves that Herod pulled the rebels from to their deaths when he had conquerored Galilee for the Romans. Also below them lay the highway that journeyed to the nations to which Jesus called them to make disciples. (based on Bible Mapper 3.0) History: On the south side of the cliff, there is a gradual prolonged climb through agricultural and pasture land and from the peak there is a steep 400 meters drop. Rising about 1300 feet above the Plain of Gennesaret, the sharp cliffs of the mountain face make for one of the most recognizable landmarks around the sea (and also a spectacular hike! Change ). The snow-capped Mount Herman can be seen in the distance on clear days. There are four villages on the mountain: Kfar Zeitim, Arbel, Kfar Hittim, and Mitzpa. ( Log Out /  The Jesus Trail follows the Israel Trail blazes on … Standing 700 feet above the Sea of Galilee, the Cliffs of Arbel provide a panoramic view stretching from the Golan Heights to the Jordan River valley. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out /  [5][2] Because Ali Beg belonged to the Maan dynasty, his castle was called Qal'at Ibn Maan, the "fortress of the son of Ma'an" by locals. On Mount Arbel, when I look over to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” I hear in my mind, “clank, clank, clank,” for the zealots at Arbel and across from us, at Gamle, were diligently making weapons. About all that is left of the ancient city today is a partially excavated late third century synagogue on the edge of the mountain adjoining the modern moshav. ( Log Out /  From Hasmonean to New Testament times, there was a city sitting atop the mountain. Arbel sits across from Mount Nitai; their cliffs were created as a result of the Jordan Rift Valley and the geological faults that produced the valleys. [8] The national park (8509 dunams) includes most of Nahal Arbel, that begins near Eilabun and empties into the Sea of Galilee near Migdal. The panorama from the top yields one of the best views of locations around the western and northern parts of the sea. It is also Josephus who, writing about himself in the third person, tells us how he fortified the caves and used them as storage base at the beginning of the First Jewish–Roman War in the year 66 CE, when he was in charge of the defense of Galilee: Nearby are the ruins of an ancient Jewish settlement with a synagogue, built in the 4th, rebuilt in the 6th and kept in use until the 8th century CE. Late Roman and Byzantine period: the Arbel synagogue, The Times of Israel article about the cliffs of Arbel (2013), "The Wars of the Jews, Book II, ch. Dug into the mountain are a number of documented Jewish cliff dwellings, expanded from natural caves, dating back to the Second Temple period. Mount Arbel would certainly be a good candidate for such a place. Arbel sits across from Mount Nitai; their cliffs were created as a result of the Jordan Rift Valley and the geological faults that produced the valleys.