A Guide to Israel
and its Holy sites
The city of Beit Lechem lies approximately five
miles south of Yerushalayim. The beautiful mountains, meadows and valleys probably look
much the same as they did in Biblical times with their vineyards, olive groves and sheep
wandering about. It was in these fields that the story of Rus took place. It is also the
place where Dovid Ha'melech was born.
The modern town retains a bit of its ancient flavor with its narrow
streets, burdened donkeys and large fields surrounding it. Today more than 30,000 Moslems
and Christian Arabs live here.