Places of Section 5

Mount Ephraim and Benjamin

51. Gophna - (Jifna)

The village of Gophna is clearly located midway Jerusalem and Jacob's well. Under the white inscription there is a completely preserved vignette of "a door between two towers" type.

Valley of the bunch of grapes (Num 13:24-25), whence the men sent to spy the land brought back fruit as a sample of the land: they say this is Gophna, which means "grape-vine". Is located at a distance of 15 miles from Jerusalem, on the road leading to Neapolis. It is a question whether this tradition is true. (Eusebius, Onomasticon 168:15-18)

Map Section 5 Ancient Sources Discussion

Photo: Jifna, sited in a green valley, is the gate to the samaritan hills.

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