Stories from the Surrounding Area
To the northeast on the backside of Mt. Gerizim, the “Mount of Blessing”, (about a thirty-minute drive from the hotel), is the central meeting place of the Samaritans. According to a Samaritan tradition, the Samaritans are the “pure Israelites”, part of the people of Israel and those that have preserved the true Israelite traditions. Today’s Samaritans see themselves as the descendants of the Israelite tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh; the remnant that were not exiled from the Land when the rest of the Ten Tribes of the Kingdom of Israel were exiled to Assyria in 722 BCE. According to the Biblical account, the king of Assyria exiled the residents of the Northern Kingdom, and his son brought in other peoples to populate the area.
A half kilometer northwest of the hotel is the Arab village of Kifl Hares, thought to be the burial place of Joshua son of Nun, of Nun (his father) and of Caleb son of Jephuneh referenced in Judges 2.
Nearby, about a twenty-minute drive to the southeast is Shiloh, the first capital of Israel, for about 369 years before Jerusalem became the capital. Here stood the Tabernacle, with the Ark of the Covenant, where the high priest officiated .