It was at the Mount of Beatitudes that Jesus was rumored to have preached his Sermon on the Mount.
The land next to the church shapes into an Amphitheatre, sloping down to the side of the lake. Because of the unique design, it’s most likely that Jesus stood at the bottom of the Mount of Beatitudes for his Sermon on the Mount.
Mount of Beatitudes overlooks the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee.
It offers a view of the northern part of the lake and to the cliffs of Golan Heights on the other side.
Mount of Beatitudes is only 3 km away from Capernaum, where Jesus made his home.
It’s just underneath Sower’s Cove, where it’s rumored Jesus taught the Parable of the Sower.
It is also rumored that the Mount of Beatitudes is the site where Jesus met his apostles after he was Resurrected and told them to make disciples of all nations. The slope of the Mount of Beatitudes is large enough that it would have provided the proper space in which this could occur.
In the fourth century, they built a Byzantine church nearby. The church was used until the seventh century. The church’s ruins were discovered downhill from the church currently inhabiting Mount of Beatitudes.
The Church of the Beatitudes was built in 1938 after being designed by Antonio Barluzzi and funded by Benito Mussolini.
At the peak of the Mount is a Christian centre designated for meetings, studies and retreats called Domus Galilaeae, or House of Galilee, which opened its doors in 2000.
Mount of Beatitudes is mentioned several times in Scripture, including the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-9) and Jesus’s commission of the disciples (Matthew 28:16-20).
The story of the Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes also occurred in Matthew, Chapter 5:
- 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
- 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
- 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- 11 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
- 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
- 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
Another mountain in the north of Israel you must see, Precipice Mountain.