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Climate Of The Holy Land

Although a relatively small country (about 275 miles / 445 kilometers north to south, 50 miles / 80 kilometers east to west at the widest), Israel experiences a wide variety of weather - from Nazareth and the The Sea Of Galilee can be seen the distant year-round snow cover on Mount Hermon (some believe it to be where The Transfiguration occurred) at Israel's northern boundary (9,000 feet above sea level, which before modern refrigeration was used as a source of ice), to the severe heat in the area around Jericho (1,300 feet below sea level), just north of The Salt Sea in The Jordan Valley. Between the two extremes however, much of Israel has a climate similar to that of California.

The climate permits a profusion of agricultural produce, with oranges and olives (see The Olive Tree) along the coastal plains, figs (see The Fig Tree) and grapes (see Fruit Of The Vine) slightly inland, and grain crops such as Barley in the hill country. A number of the Parables Of Jesus Christ used agricultural analogies, as does much of Prophecy. Christians are even referred to as the firstfruits of salvation (see Pentecost). Most rainfall occurs from November to January (e.g. Ezra 10:9), and then a "latter rain" in March (e.g. Joel 2:23).

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
55 55 64 73 81 84 88 88 84 81 70 59 73 F.
13 13 18 23 27 29 31 31 29 27 21 15 23 C.
41 43 46 50 57 61 63 64 63 59 54 45 54 F.
5 6 8 10 14 16 17 18 17 15 12 7 12 C.
5.3 5.3 2.6 1.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.5 2.8 3.4 21.1"
132 132 64 28 3 0 0 0 0 13 71 86 529 mm

Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ use weather and agricultural analogies in describing His Return?
Matthew 24:32-33, 24:1-31
See also The Return Of Jesus Christ

This Week's Bible Quiz

1. What was the name of the man to whom the Book of Acts written?

2. What was the name of the man who replaced Judas Iscariot as an apostle?

3. On what Biblical Holy Day did the Holy Spirit come upon the church?

4. Who is considered to be the first Christian martyr?

5. What was the name of the sorcerer who attempted to buy the powers of The Holy Spirit?

6. Where was Saul going when he was struck down and converted into Paul?

7. What was the name of the woman that Peter raised from the dead in Joppa?

8. What was the name of the young man who Paul raised from the dead after he fell from a third-floor window?

9. Where was Saul/Paul born?

10. What was the name of the island on which Paul was shipwrecked?

For the answers to this January 4 2000 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page

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