How long does it take to walk from Jericho to Jerusalem? It took me 8 hours today to cover the distance of 15 miles (24 km) with an elevation increase of about 3400 feet (1060 m). Not counting breaks, our group of 15 walked for six and a half hours. It would have taken longer if it had been hotter or if we had run into Condoleeza Rice. Fortunately, she went to Jericho today to solve the Middle East conflict.
Jesus traveled this route many times. In fact, every time that he came to Jerusalem from Galilee, he would have traveled up the same Ascent of Adumim (unless permitted to travel through Samaria; cf. John 4 and Luke 9:52-53). Scriptures record at least one trip of Jesus through Samaria and two trips by way of Jericho. My guess is that he went this way dozens of times in his life. Probably his parents had to climb back up to Jerusalem after realizing that their twelve-year-old boy wasn’t in their caravan (Luke 2:41-50). I would’ve been upset myself to have to make that return journey.
Parts of the Roman road are still visible in places, and the way today is safe and pleasant. We didn’t see any thieves, but did make a stop at the traditional “Inn of the Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).
Sidenote: A couple of years ago I put together a photo essay on Jesus’ Final Journey to Jerusalem for Jerusalem Perspective.