Ephraim Tower


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After having raised Lazarus the Jewish authorities made plans to kill Jesus. Jesus therefore left and went to a town called Ephraim (John 11:54).
This city of Ephraim can be identified with the archaeological site of Khirbet el-Maqatir, where remains of houses, ritual baths, a city wall and a large tower from the first century were discovered. This is the only site to the immediate north of Jerusalem that has a city wall and therefore qualifies to be called a city (Gk: polis). The large tower indicates that this city had a strategic location.