Mt. Sinai, also known as Mt. Horeb and Jebel Musa, translated as “the 'Mountain of Moses,” is the epicenter of a venerated holy land destination that includes the Burning Bush (Exodus 3), Elijah’s Plateau, the Plain of ar-Raaha, and the impressive Monastery of St. Chathrine at the base of Mt. Sinai.
The archeological site of Caesarea Philippi is situated in Banias, today a Natural Reserve in Northern Israel. At the time of Jesus it was a city of Greek-Roman culture known for worship of false gods. The city had been known as Banias, the name honoring the Greek god Pan — a half-man, half-goat deity depicted most of the time playing a flute. Here in this Holy Land destination is where Jesus proclaimed he would establish his church giving authority to the apostle Simon.