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Eremos Heights & the Mount of Beatitudes
"Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 5:1-3). 
 Jesus often went to a solitary place ("eremos topos")  to pray (Matt. 28:16; Mark 6:46). This cave (pictured on the right) in the hillside of Eremos overlooks the Sea of Galilee.  It is half-way between Capernaum and Taghba where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.  Perhaps Jesus came here to pray in this lonely spot.  At the foot of the hill lies the area of springs known as Ma-gadan (Heptapegon or Seven Springs in Greek).

The pilgrim Egeria, who spent three years in the Holy Land, sometime between 383 and 395 AD, tells of a cave in the hillside at the "seven springs" (Tagbha): "On the hill which rises nearby is a grotto, upon which the Lord ascended when he taught the Beatitudes." 

The hillcrest of Eremos (pictured from inside the cave on the right) offers a beautiful view over the lake and surrounding towns. The present day Church of the Mount of Beatitudes is further up on this hill.

| Sea of Galilee | Bay of Parables | Bethsaida | Capernaum | Tagbha | Eremos | Jordan River | Kursi | Nazareth |


Monument on the Eremos hillcrest quotes  Jesus, "Go teach all nations" where he directed his disciples to go after his resurrection (Matt. 28:16-20 ).

 

View of lake from the Church of the Mount of Beatitudes
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