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Abu Ghosh is a local council in Israel, located 10km west of Jerusalem on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway. It is situated 610–720 meters above sea level. It takes its current name from the dominant clan inhabiting the town, while the older Arabic name used to be Qaryat al-'Inab ("Grape Village").Biblical associationsThe old Arabic name of Abu Ghosh, Qaryat al-'Inab, has led to its identification with the biblical site of Kiryat Ye'arim, known in English as Kiriath-jearim, the town to which the Ark of the Covenant was taken after it had left Beth-shemesh.The village has also been associated with Anathoth, the birthplace of the prophet Jeremiah.HistoryPrehistoryAbu Ghosh is located in one of the earliest areas of human habitation in Israel. Archaeological excavations have revealed three Neolithic settlement phases, the middle phase is dated to the 7th millennium BCE.Roman periodLegio X Fretensis of the Roman army had a station house in Abu Ghosh until the end of the 3rd century CE.Crusader periodThe Crusaders, who called the village Fontenoid, thought for a while that this was the site of Emmaus mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. For the church they built here see here or further down under "Benedictine monastery".Take stress off the schedule by using our Israel road trip planner.
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