One of the many stories in the Bible is about Zacchaeus, a Tax Collector who climbed a Sycamore Tree so he could get a glimpse of Jesus. This took place in Jericho. So it was very interesting to see some very old sycamore trees in Jericho just off the main street.
These photos of a sycamore tree show that they are a very large tree and would have provided a good vantage point to be able to see. If the trees were this mature at the time of Jesus, I am sure Zacchaeus, being a person that was short, would have need assistance to be able to climb the trunk of the tree
New International Version (NIV)
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
For more information about Jericho
- 2014-04-04 – Galilee to Jerusalem via Jericho
- Jericho – Archaeological Digs
- Jericho – Elisha Springs Fountain
- Jericho – Fruit and Veg Shop
- Jericho – Sycamore Tree
- Jericho – Temptation Mount