It is well watered, and its affluent vegetation gains effect by contrast with the barren hills that tower on either side. One of these hills is the ancient Mount of Blessings and the other the Mount of Curses.
- Mark Twain,1867
According to the Bible, on his journey from Harran Abraham entered Canaan through Shechem, present-day Nablus. Travelling through the Nablus region today provides for an experience with sharp contrasts: from the top of Mt Gerazim where the Samaritans honor Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, to the mosques and souks in the charming Old City of Nablus, and the Church of Jacob’s Well next to the Balata Refugee Camp. Upon leaving the city’s urban sprawl, walkers pass small Palestinian communities across the central hills of the West Bank and near the Abrahamic site of Bethel, before descending down spectacular Wadi Auja towards the largest oasis in the Jordan Valley: Jericho.
The Abraham Path in the Nablus region (Palestine) is comprised of four walking stages from the city of Nablus to the community of Auja near Jericho. See individual walking stages for detailed maps. See transportation, accommodations, and tours for practical travel details about the path in Nablus.
The unlikely pair of Father Justinus Mamulus, a Greek Orthodox priest, and Jamaal Sarhain, a Muslim from a nearby refugee camp, have worked together for the last 30 years to transform the church ruins on the site of Jacob’s Well into a peaceful, inspiring sanctuary.