Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

Rachel Tomb in the outskirt of Bethlehem
Mosaic floor in the basilica of Bethlehem
The Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron

The Text: 8b. The surroundings of Jerusalem - Bethlehem and Hebron

From Jerusalem going to Bethlehem (Beit Lahm) - miles vi.

On the road, on the right hand, is a tomb, in which lies Rachel, the wife of Jacob [pct.28] ( Gen 35:16-20; Matt 2:16-18). Two miles from thence, on the left hand, is Bethlehem, where our Lord Jesus Christ was born ( Matt 2:18-25; Luke 2:1-7). A basilica has been built there by the orders of Constantine [pct.22, 29]. Not far from thence is the tomb of Ezekiel, Asaph, Job, Jesse, David, and Solomon, whose names are inscribed in Hebrew letters upon the wall as you go down into the vault itself.

[599] From thence to Bethasora (Bethzur, Beit Sur) - miles xiv.

There is the fountain in which Philip baptized the eunuch ( Acts 8:26-40).

Thence to Terebinthus (Mamre, Ramet el-Khalil) - miles viii.

Here Abraham dwelt, and dug a well under a terebinth tree, and spoke with angels, and ate food with them ( Gen 18:1-14). Here a basilica of wondrous beauty has been built by the command of Constantine.

From Terebinthus (Ramet el-Khalil) to Hebron (el-Khalil) - miles ii.

Here is a monument (memoria) of square form built of stone of wondrous beauty [pct.30], in which lie Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sara, Rebecca, and Leah ( Gen 23:1-19; 25:7-10; 49:29-43).

[600] From Jerusalem as follows:

City of Nicopolis (Amwas) - miles xxii.
City of
Lydda (Ludd) - miles x.
Change at
Antipatris (Ras el-Ain) - miles x.
Change at Betthar
(Tireh) - miles x.
City of Caesarea
(Kaisarieh) - miles xvi.

[601] Total from Constantinople to Jerusalem 1,159 miles, 69 changes, 58 halts.

Also through Nicopolis (Amwas) to Caesarea (Kaisarieh) 73 miles, 5 changes, 3 halts. [follows]

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