Biblical Sites Expanded Aqueduct of Caesarea Israel - The city and harbor were built under Herod the Great during c. 22–10 or 9 BCE near the site of a former Phoenician naval station known as Straton's Tower, probably named after the 4th century BCE king of Sidon, Strato I. It later became the provincial capital of Roman Judea, Roman Syria Palaestina and Byzantine Palaestina Prima provinces. The city was populated throughout the 1st to 6th centuries AD and became an important early center of Christianity during the Byzantine period, but destroyed during the Muslim conquest of 640, after which it lost its importance. After being re-fortified by the Muslims in the 11th century, it was conquered by the Crusaders, who strengthened and made it into an important port, and was finally slighted by the Mamluks in 1265.
The Aqueduct brought running water to the old city of Caesarea, along a raised aqueduct. The low-level aqueduct is the largest aqueduct in Israel. It is over 3 miles long and 4.5 feet wide and is roofed by a round barrel-vault. It remained in operation until the end of the Byzantine period (7th century AD).
The city became the capital of the Roman province of Judaea in 6 CE. Subsequently, it was an important centre of early Christianity; in the New Testament it is mentioned in Acts in connection with Peter, Philip the Apostle, and, especially, Paul, who was imprisoned there before being sent to Rome for trial. According to the 1st-century-CE historian Flavius Josephus, the Jewish revolt against Rome, which culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 CE, was touched off by an incident at Caesarea in 66 CE.
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
PLEASE AND YOUR WELCOME are the most common phrases you will use when Traveling throughout the Middle East.
Please (to be polite when asking for something)
Hebrew - Bevakasha. (be-vah-kuh-SHAH)
Arabic – Law Samaht(m) Law Samahti (f) (lao sa-maHt or Lao sa-maH-tee)
Greek – Parakalo (Pa-ra-ka-lo)
Italian – Per Favore (Pair fav-aw-ray)
You’re Welcome (response to thank you, it’s nothing, don’t mention it)
Hebrew – Ein bead ma (en-bed-ma)
Arabic – A’fwan (Ah-fwan)
Greek – Tipota (Ti-Po-tah)
Italian – Prego (Pray-go)
Maranatha Tours Tour Guide Travel Book
In the Maranatha Tour Guide you will find itineraries, dates and prices for a few of the tours we have traveling Though The Bible. If after looking at the Tour Guide you find that the dates do not work with your schedule, please let us know. We will then see if we have other tours available that will match your needs. We have groups traveling throughout the year that might be a good fit.
Also, we have listed other trips that our Tour Hosts allowed us to show on our website. Please visit maranathatours.com and click Hosted Tours. Look for the dates you would like to go and see if there is space available on your requested tour. Each Tour Host listed is excited about you joining them on their trip of a lifetime.
If you would like to sign up for one of the enclosed tours, simply fill out the reservation form and return it along with your deposit to our office. We will then send you additional information regarding the tour.
If you are a Tour Host or Clergy: Join us on a ‘Your Tour’ customized to your exact specifications. Tour where and how you like. You can build the cost on a large or small group, with minimal increase for the latter. Other factors such as departure dates, length of tour, additional destinations, classification of hotels, site selection, specific guide requests and special times for study and devotion can be included in the planning of ‘your’ tour. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you on YOUR “Trip of a Lifetime.”