Monastery of the Temptation (Dmitrij Rodionov / Wikimedia)" data-medium-file="https://i0com/ fit=800,533" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4396 size-medium" src="https://i0com/ resize=300,199" alt="Mount of Temptation" width="300" height="199" srcset="https://i0com/ w=800 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" / Monks and hermits have inhabited the mountain since the early centuries of Christianity.
They lived in natural caves, which they turned into cells, chapels and storage rooms.
" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from 20 to 30 gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
Access to the summit is by a 30-minute trek up a steep path — passing through the cliffhanging monastery on the way — or by a 5-minute cable car ride from Tel Jericho.