After Jerusalem, Jericho is the most excavated site in Israel. Charles Warren in 1868 sank several shafts but concluded that nothing was to be found (he missed the Neolithic tower by a meter!). Germans Sellin and Watzinger excavated 1907–13, Garstang 1930–36, and Kenyon 1952–58. An Italian-Palestinian team excavated for several years beginning in 1997.
“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way” (Luke 19:1-4, NET Bible).
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See the related sites of the Dead Sea, En Gedi, Masada, Qumran, Qumran Caves, and the Judean Wilderness. See also historical images of Jericho and Elisha’s Spring, or our page Entering the Promised Land, at Life in the Holy Land.
For Bible chapters related to Jericho, see Joshua 3, Joshua 6, Luke 10, and Luke 19.
Early Jericho (Ancient History Encyclopedia) An encyclopedic article regarding Jericho’s history, including a map.
Jericho (Christian Answers) A brief article discussing the veracity of the story of Jericho. See this article on the website as well, specifically discussing the Bible and the walls of Jericho.
Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (UNESCO) Gives a history from a non-religious standpoint, and discusses the enduring historical value of Tell es-Sultan.
Visiting Jericho (personal travel blog) A narrative of impressions and highlights, including the ascent to the Mount of Temptation. Gives some fun cultural interactions, and includes basic photos.
Jericho (Bible Gateway) Dictionary style article giving a basic understanding of Jericho.
Jericho (Into His Own) A brief, encyclopedia-type article with multiple links to related words and topics for further study.
The walls of Jericho: Archaeology confirms they really did come a-tumblin’ down (Answers in Genesis Ministries) This article by Bryant Wood presents a alternate interpretation of the archaeological findings at Jericho. Illustrations serve to clarify his position.
Jericho by Don Jaques (Biblical Chronologist) An article by Wood responding to Bienkowski.
Jericho Archaeological Debate (NetTours) A summary of Wood’s main points with objections, by Dr. Stephen Langfur.
Jericho (Mysteries of the Bible) A series of lectures by Michael Sanders. (Note: Jericho is covered in parts 8–12 & 14.)
The Saga Of Ancient Jericho (ChristianCourier.com) “A study of Joshua’s great victory over the ancient city of Jericho” (their page description).
Tell es-Sultan (PDF chapter) This chapter is a 30+ page discussion of Jericho’s archaeology, including numerous sketches and old photographs.
Archaeology in Israel – Jericho (The Jewish Magazine) A re-telling of the history of the site with a personal flavor. Describes many sites in Jericho, not limited to the tel.
Kathleen Kenyon and Jericho (Bible Odyssey) A sketch of the archaeologist whose fame began with her work at Jericho.
Monastery of St. George (See the Holy Land) A fascinating monastery to visit in the cliffs overlooking Jericho; this article gives history and photos.
The Incredible St. George’s Monastery (Bein Harim Tourism) Another article about this intriguing location. Find more travel information on this Times of Israel article.