A Sycamore in Jericho

On my way home this evening I was listening to Luke 19 on my phone and decided that it was time to share a picture to illustrate the first few six verses.

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.

Luke 19: 1-6 ESV

Zaccheus - Sycamore Tree - Jericho - Sycamore Fig - Ficus sycomorusAfter visiting Tell es-Sultan which is the location of the ancient city of Jericho we drove by this very old Sycamore tree that is claimed to be the one that Zaccheus climbed.

Testing has shown the the tree is over 2,000 years old, so would have been standing at the time of Zacchaeus. There is no firm evidence that this is the tree, but it is the right kind of tree and is in the general area 🙂 There is also another site in Jericho that claims it has the tree that Zacchaeus climbed.

The tree is a Sycamore Fig (Ficus sycomorus) and is very different from the Sycamore trees in the United States. This tree bears fruit, although I understand that it is not the best tasting fruit.

I find it hard to imagine Zacchaeus climbing into this tree, but I have seen other pictures of Sycamore Fig trees that have much lower branches and would make great climbing trees.

Oldest City in the World - Jericho - Tell es-SultanJericho also claims to be the oldest city in the world. You can read more about Jericho in some of my earlier posts:

Well Below Sea Level

Walls of Jericho

Hills of Jericho

Steven

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8 Responses to A Sycamore in Jericho

  1. Lyle Krahn says:

    I somehow imagined the tree would be much larger.

  2. vanbraman says:

    How large did you imagine it was? This one is about 60 feet high.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree is one of my favorite Bible stories.

  4. Glenda McDougal says:

    Wonderful teaching …

  5. Don’t confuse sycamores and sycomores. In Luke 17:6 Jesus speaks of a sycamine tree. For an explanation see my post at http://israel-tourguide.info/2012/09/11/what-tree-is-the-sycamine/

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  7. Keith Jones says:

    What happens to the fallen branches from this ancient (over 2000 years old) Jericho sycamore tree of Jesus and Zacchaeus fame?

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