MORE ANCIENT SOURCES
Itinerarium Burdigalense 596 (333 A.D.)
Eighteen miles from Jerusalem is Jericho. Coming down the mountain range you reach a tomb on the right, and behind it is the sycamore tree which Zaccheus climbed in order that he could see Christ. A mile and half from the city is the spring of the prophet Elisha; at one time any woman who drank from it would never have children.Then Elisha brought a cruse with salt in it, and came and stood over the spring, saying, "Thus saith the Lord, he hath cleansed this waters." Now if a woman drinks from it she will have children.
Anonymus Placentinus, Itinerarium 14 (ca. 570 A.D.)
The spring which Elisha made sweet supplies the water for the whole of Jericho. Grapes grow there for the wine they give to soothe fevers, and also dates which weigh a pound. I brought some back home with me, and gave one to our nobleman, Lord Paterius. A forty-pound citron is a native of the place, and the fruit has a stalk two feet long and two fingersbreadth thick. There is also vine from which baskets-full of grapes are on sale at the time of our Lord's Ascension: and at Pentecost there is wine from it, fo which they are selling great jars.