Pilgrim's Steps


A pilgrimage is a journey as no other...

Pilgrimage is a spiritual approach before being a promenade. A pilgrim's path begins in ones heart before beginning in geography or on land. Far from a consumer's perspective, the pilgrim seeks to get closer to places of faith, to bring about a transformation or an inner consolidation. The motivation of the pilgrim is not limited to the places he visits, but it is a promenade to search for his better half...

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LOT

Lot is the first prophet whose places of existence can be found Transjordan. Lot is Abraham's nephew. This familial connection situates him historically at the beginning of the second millennium BC, it means at the late Bronze Age. He walked with his uncle along the path of migration from Ur, and settled down in Sodom, one of the five "cities of the Plain" mentioned in the...

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JACOB

No structure recalls the passage of Jacob in our region. It is however on the Eastern side of the Jordan Valley that several important episodes of his life occurred, including the fight with the angel. It is said to have taken place on the banks of the river Yabbok, which is the Zarqa stream. The Yabbok river takes its source in the vicinity of Amman, goes north and then down into the Rift Valley. At the time, the river...

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MOSES

This prophet, so important for all three monotheistic religions, remains a historical enigma, just as the exodus, that following the tradition led the Hebrew people to wander many years in the mountains of Transjordan up to Mount Nebo, before crossing the Jordan River towards the Promised Land. In absence of any archaeological evidence of such a migration, we are obliged to follow the...

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ELIJAH

The prophet Elijah lived in the 9th century BC. He is native from the mountains situated near Ajloun, specifically from the region of Listib. This place corresponds to Tishbe in the Bible, and perhaps to the village of Wahadneh today. Elijah did not stay in his homeland, but traveled extensively throughout the region. He focused his efforts on trying to convince Ashab, king of Israel, to..

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JOHN THE BAPTIST

John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, is the prophet who opened the door for the Christ's ministry. He spent several years as a hermit in the desert, before starting to preach and to baptize people in the Jordan River. The site where he lived was a pilgrimage center from the 1st century AC, if we consider the remains found on Tel Kharrar. It is very likely that at the time of John the Baptist, this ...

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JESUS

The site that recalls the best Jesus’s presence in Transjordan is Bethany. The area designated as the exact place where Jesus was baptized is marked by a small chapel supported by pillars, in order it overlooks the waters.The other places that the pilgrim can visit...

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Early Christian communities

The pilgrim may also stop at other places, not related to a prophet in particular but rather to the history of the early Christians in Transjordan. Persecutions have driven many Palestinians families to find refuge in the towns and villages of Transjordan. Pella is particularly known for having been a venue for many of them, but Um Qais and Jerash are also other examples. The Byzantine period was a very ...

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The forgotten martyrs of Feynan

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The Seven Sleepers

In the vicinity of Amman, a cave is now an important destination for the Muslim pilgrims. This place refer to the story of the Seven Sleepers. The Late Christian tradition spotted the story of this miracle in Ephesus, in Turkey. However, it seems that Ephesus was not the original site of those events, if we follow an earlier Christian pilgrimage tradition, maintained alive by the Islamic accounts...

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