A Christian Village
Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
34Trip End Jun 15, 2007
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This Christian village sits high in the Judean Mountains on the edge of what was once the border between Samaria and Judea. Local lore places Jesus and the disciples here as they traveled to Jerusalem for the final time. The tallest mountain sits across a small valley and is now occupied by the Israeli army.
The main industry is a micro brewery which makes and distributes the only Palestinian beer to Palestine and Europe. Taybeh Beer is made by a master brewer seen at the right in this photo (and yes, it has tastes good.)
They also distribute virgin olive oil to the same markets. The olive oil trade came during the second infatida when local residents paid the Christian school in olive oil since they had no cash. The olive oil needed a market so the Khoury brothers and their brewery stepped up and began selling it in Europe. This supplied cash to the school and parents were able to keep their children in school. Of course, I bought a bottle!
The St. George Church dates from the 4th century when Helene, Constantine's mother, was touring the Holy Land and marking the sites where Jesus was. The mosaics uncovered by French students help to date the church. Across from the site sits the newer church.
It was interesting being in a Christian village without a mosque and hearing the Christian bells ringing in unison across the hills. It was a clear day and we could see the Dead Sea; on a clear night you ca see the lights of Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan from the mountain 1000 meters or 3280 feet above sea level.