Built into the cliff over a picturesque gorge, St George’s was founded in 420 by five Syrian hermits living in a small cave. A century later monks had erected a fifty-foot bell tower, domed chapel and small rooms around an open courtyard. These had all been destroyed and rebuilt by the turn of the first millennium when it was thoroughly restored by the Crusaders. The monastery one now sees was constructed at the beginning of the last century, but hermits still occupy some of the caves along the wadi.
*”A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatever thou spendeth more, when I come again, I will repay thee”. Luke 10:30-35
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