Mount Temptation

Because Jericho is a tourist-orientated town, the Palestinian Authority goes to great lengths to make sure Jericho remains safe to visit. But that does not mean it’s safe as a guarantee!

After being baptized by John the Baptist Jesus retreated to the wilderness to meditate and fast, the mountain on which Jesus is believed to have spent the 40 days and 40 nights of spiritual contemplation is called the Mount of Temptation. The Mount of Temptation is also known as Mount Quarantania and Jabel Quruntul from the Latin word for forty in reference to the forty days Jesus fasted on the mountain. Map.

The Mount of Temptation is mentioned in the Gospels of Mark (1:12-13); Luke (4:1-13) and Matthew. In the Gospel according to Matthew (4:1-4) we learn of Jesus’ encounter with Satan on the Mount. Satan tempted Jesus twice on the mount, once he tempted the hungry Jesus to turn stones into bread; Jesus refused and was instead fed by angels.

The location of this temptation is believed to be in a grotto within the Monastery of Temptation. Again Jesus was tempted this time on the mountain top where Satan looked out over the land below and said to Jesus:”All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Jesus was not tempted and replied:”Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him alone shalt thou serve.” The concept of lent arose from the 40 days and 40 nights Jesus fasted on the Mount of Temptation.

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