Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

I was commissioned by The Wall Street Journal to photograph a story about Israel's Jesus Trail for the Off Duty Travel section of the newspaper. Established in 2007 by David Landis, an American Christian hiking enthusiast, and Maoz Inon, an Israeli Jew who owns the Fauzi Azar Inn, the 40-mile Jesus Trail from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee was designed as a counterpoint to the usual pilgrim itineraries that revolve around Jerusalem. Read the story online

Author: Tara Isabella Burton

Photo Editor: Allison Gumbel

Photo caption: A tourist enters The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

A Christian worshipper prays at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

Tourists are seen at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

Christian worshippers are silhouetted at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

Tourists are seen at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

A tourist is seen after taking a photo of a statue at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Fauzi Azar Inn
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Fauzi Azar Inn

Fauzi Azar Inn at the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

 Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Old City Market
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Old City Market

Tourists pass by a butcher shop in the market of the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation

Locals are seen outside The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (also known as the Church of St. Gabriel or St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation

Christian worshippers and tourists visit The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (also known as the Church of St. Gabriel or St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Souvenir Shop
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Souvenir Shop

A local resident passes by a wine and souvenir shop outside the Franciscan Wedding Church, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church

Christian worshippers from Africa pray at the Franciscan Wedding Church, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church

Christian worshippers from Africa pray at the Franciscan Wedding Church, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Guesthouse
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Guesthouse

Sami Bellan, owner of the Cana Guesthouse rubs olive oil on his hands next to a Virgin Mary figurine and other Christian ornaments and decorations, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park

Pilgrims and tourists watch a view of the Arab village Hamaam, or Wadi Hamam from the Carob Lookout on top of Mount Arbel, at the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park

A general view of the north-western part of the Sea of Galilee, where Capernaum, The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, Tabgha and The Mount of Beatitudes are located, from the top of Mount Arbel, at the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park

A tourist watches a view of the Sea of Galilee from the top of Mount Arbel, at the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Ancient Synagogue Ruins
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Ancient Synagogue Ruins

The ruins of an ancient synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in the world, which stands amid the remnants of an ancient Jewish village on the western edge of Moshav Arbel and Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nabi Shu'ayb
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nabi Shu'ayb

A general view of Nebi Shu’eib (also spelled Nabi Shu'ayb), the most important shrine of the Druze religion in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. The site holds the tomb of the greatest Druze prophet, Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, whom the Druze believe to be the father of monotheism.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha
Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha

The entrance to the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, where according to Christian tradition Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha
Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha

Christian worshippers and tourists are seen at the courtyard of the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, where according to Christian tradition Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha
Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha

A Christian worshipper kisses a picture of Jesus and Virgin Mary as nuns and a Franciscan priest pray at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, where according to Christian tradition Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | St Peters Primacy
Israel's Jesus Trail | St Peters Primacy

Christian pilgrims and tourists are seen outside The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, built over a rock traditionally thought to be where Jesus shared a meal with his disciples after the resurrection, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

 Israel's Jesus Trail | Pilgrims Sidewalk to Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Pilgrims Sidewalk to Capernaum

Christian pilgrims and tourists are seen walking from Tabgha to Capernaum on the "Pilgrims' Sidewalk, part of the Jesus Trail along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, on December 9, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum

Christian worshippers pray at St. Peter's House, also called the Pilgrimage Church of St. Peter in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum

Christian pilgrims and tourists pass a statue of St. Peter during a visit to Capernaum National Park, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017. The historic site of Capernaum was the base of Jesus' ministry.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum

A Christian worshippers walks down towards the Sea of Galilee during a visit to Capernaum National Park, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. The historic site of Capernaum was the base of Jesus' ministry. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue

Christian worshippers visit the remains of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue

Christian worshippers and tourists visit the remains of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue

Tourists visit the remains of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Fauzi Azar Inn
 Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Old City Market
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Souvenir Shop
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church
Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Guesthouse
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park
Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Ancient Synagogue Ruins
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nabi Shu'ayb
Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha
Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha
Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha
Israel's Jesus Trail | St Peters Primacy
 Israel's Jesus Trail | Pilgrims Sidewalk to Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue
Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue
Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

I was commissioned by The Wall Street Journal to photograph a story about Israel's Jesus Trail for the Off Duty Travel section of the newspaper. Established in 2007 by David Landis, an American Christian hiking enthusiast, and Maoz Inon, an Israeli Jew who owns the Fauzi Azar Inn, the 40-mile Jesus Trail from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee was designed as a counterpoint to the usual pilgrim itineraries that revolve around Jerusalem. Read the story online

Author: Tara Isabella Burton

Photo Editor: Allison Gumbel

Photo caption: A tourist enters The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

A Christian worshipper prays at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

Tourists are seen at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

Christian worshippers are silhouetted at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

Tourists are seen at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation

A tourist is seen after taking a photo of a statue at The Church of the Annunciation (also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Fauzi Azar Inn

Fauzi Azar Inn at the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Old City Market

Tourists pass by a butcher shop in the market of the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation

Locals are seen outside The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (also known as the Church of St. Gabriel or St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nazareth Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation

Christian worshippers and tourists visit The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (also known as the Church of St. Gabriel or St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church) in the Old City of Nazareth, northern Israel, on December 8, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Souvenir Shop

A local resident passes by a wine and souvenir shop outside the Franciscan Wedding Church, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church

Christian worshippers from Africa pray at the Franciscan Wedding Church, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Franciscan Wedding Church

Christian worshippers from Africa pray at the Franciscan Wedding Church, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Cana Guesthouse

Sami Bellan, owner of the Cana Guesthouse rubs olive oil on his hands next to a Virgin Mary figurine and other Christian ornaments and decorations, in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna (Cana), the traditional site of Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park

Pilgrims and tourists watch a view of the Arab village Hamaam, or Wadi Hamam from the Carob Lookout on top of Mount Arbel, at the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park

A general view of the north-western part of the Sea of Galilee, where Capernaum, The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, Tabgha and The Mount of Beatitudes are located, from the top of Mount Arbel, at the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Mountain National Park

A tourist watches a view of the Sea of Galilee from the top of Mount Arbel, at the Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Arbel Ancient Synagogue Ruins

The ruins of an ancient synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in the world, which stands amid the remnants of an ancient Jewish village on the western edge of Moshav Arbel and Arbel National Park and Nature Reserve in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Nabi Shu'ayb

A general view of Nebi Shu’eib (also spelled Nabi Shu'ayb), the most important shrine of the Druze religion in the Galilee region, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. The site holds the tomb of the greatest Druze prophet, Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, whom the Druze believe to be the father of monotheism.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha

The entrance to the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, where according to Christian tradition Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha

Christian worshippers and tourists are seen at the courtyard of the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, where according to Christian tradition Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Tabgha

A Christian worshipper kisses a picture of Jesus and Virgin Mary as nuns and a Franciscan priest pray at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, where according to Christian tradition Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | St Peters Primacy

Christian pilgrims and tourists are seen outside The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, built over a rock traditionally thought to be where Jesus shared a meal with his disciples after the resurrection, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Pilgrims Sidewalk to Capernaum

Christian pilgrims and tourists are seen walking from Tabgha to Capernaum on the "Pilgrims' Sidewalk, part of the Jesus Trail along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, on December 9, 2017. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum

Christian worshippers pray at St. Peter's House, also called the Pilgrimage Church of St. Peter in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum

Christian pilgrims and tourists pass a statue of St. Peter during a visit to Capernaum National Park, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017. The historic site of Capernaum was the base of Jesus' ministry.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum

A Christian worshippers walks down towards the Sea of Galilee during a visit to Capernaum National Park, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017. The historic site of Capernaum was the base of Jesus' ministry. 

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue

Christian worshippers visit the remains of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 9, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue

Christian worshippers and tourists visit the remains of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

Israel's Jesus Trail | Capernaum Ancient Synagogue

Tourists visit the remains of an ancient synagogue in Capernaum, which was the base of Jesus' ministry on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, on December 7, 2017.

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