In the vicinity of the monastery are various tombs, mostly from the Roman period. By Christian tradition this area is the site of Akeldama, (‘Field of Blood’ in Aramaic), a burial area purchased by the money that was used to pay Jadas Iscariot for betraying Jesus:

“The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.

Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” (Mat. 27:6-10)


Photo: Ron Peled