The Tomb of Samuel - Nebi Samuel

The Tomb of Samuel - Nebi Samuel

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Samuel was one of the more striking personalities of the Bible, ruling the Jewish people as a prophet during the time of the Judges and serving as the kingmaker of both King Saul and Saul’s successor, King David. According to a biblical tale, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was bereft of children for many years, and gave birth to her only son only after she pledged to enlist him in the service of God at the Tabernacle in Shiloh.

Known as Nebi Samuel, the site traditionally recognized as Samuel’s grave is situated atop a steep hill to the north of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot. The site contains an 18th-century mosque, built on the remains of a Crusader-era fortress; the tomb and a small synagogue are located in an underground chamber underneath the mosque. The Bible's Book of Samuel states that the prophet was buried in his hometown of Rama, to the east of the site. But the 12th-century Jewish traveler, Benjamin MiTudela, tells us that the Crusaders have re-entered Samuel’s remains at the top of the hill overlooking Jerusalem.

Due to its elevation and strategic importance, the Tomb of Samuel has played host to several battles in the modern era. Although excavations have not unearthed remains from Samuel’s time, both Jewish and Muslim prayers are held regularly at the site, with many religious Jews visiting on the anniversary of Samuel’s death, the 28th of Iyar, in the springtime.

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  • Yossi Ludmir
    Yossi Ludmir
    August 8, 2023

    Place of Amazing interest, wonderful strategic birds eye views, ancient beauty, history and spirituality. Birthplace, home, and resting place of point of the greatest prophets that ever lived. Try to go only during the da...

  • Naomi Sprung
    Naomi Sprung
    March 28, 2023

    This is an interesting archeological site as well as a deeply spiritual retreat. Maybe because it is off the beaten path- very quiet and contemplative. Architecture is so old- Byzantine period. The tomb of prophet Samuel...

  • Dan M
    Dan M
    March 11, 2023

    Not only for the stunning views. I only recently became a National Park and so it was my first time. People drive a lot by this place from Tel Aviv or Giv'at Ze'ev to Jerusalem but few stop there. Many religious people co...

  • Amy Sapsford
    Amy Sapsford
    July 19, 2022

    This is the site of Samuel’s grave. Proper attire is required inside. The grounds are beautiful as well with labeled native plants.

  • J M
    J M
    March 16, 2023

    It’s a holy place and there’s a beautiful view of Jerusalem.

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