MembersInteractive Hiking Trail Across the Galilee

“Sanhedrin Trail” is the name of the latest Israeli fusion between technology and archaeology.

By Theresa Engelhardt |
Archaeology
Photo: IAA

This path, which lies between Tiberias and the Beit She’arim National Park, is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and follows a route that great Jewish sages themselves were walking 1,900 years ago.

The trail, which is situated in the Galilee, an area rich in history, is 44-miles-long (70 km) and connects the places where the Sanhedrin would convene during the rule of the Roman Empire.

The Sanhedrin, or High Council, was a consortium of rabbis, and was for many years the highest authority in religious and political matters, as well as the “Supreme Court” for the Jews since the time of Moses. During the period of the Second Temple, the Sanhedrin was based in Jerusalem, in a building within the Temple compound. But after the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem in the year 70 AD, things changed. Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai later received permission from the Romans to relocate the Sanhedrin to the Galilee, which at the time was part of the Roman province of Syria-Palaestina. However, after the destruction of the Temple, the Sanhedrin was no longer led by...

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