Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.


Matthew 4:8 -4:10 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And said unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.


Tradition places the site of Jesus' temptation at "the Mount of Qarantel" near old Jericho. The summit of this mountain is thought to be the site of the last temptation and a cave on its eastern slope where Jesus fasted. A church was built over the cave in the 6th century and continuously occupied until deserted in the 13th century. There is now a Greek Orthodox church on the site. (Photo. "The Holy Land in Color" Sami Awwad)