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Flora of the Holy Land - Students

Flora of the Holy Land - See the Bible and the landscapes of Israel in a new light!!

Ancient peoples – Jews and Christians alike – depended on the soil of the Holy Land to survive. They had a deep knowledge about the plants around them. The Bible capitalizes on this knowledge by using more than 100 plants, often as metaphors that employ botanical characteristics to convey messages in a language common people would have understood.


Why does Psalm 128 liken one's children to olive shoots?

Why was the thorn bush invoked in the Parable of Jotham?

Why did the children of Israel use hyssop to paint blood on their doorposts in Egypt?


These and many other questions are addressed in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens' innovative new online course, Flora of the Holy Land. Narrated throughout in English, Flora of the Holy Land features more than 100 of the Land of Israel's plants, providing on-screen information, stunning photographs, video clips, maps, quizzes, games and more.

During the course of ten lectures (click here), Flora of the Holy Land looks at the fascinating role played by plants in the Bible, at the environmental wisdom of the ancient texts and at the contribution that plants of the area have made to human settlement and civilization.

Flora of the Holy Land is appropriate for all ages (11 to 99) and educational levels. It requires only basic computer skills and no prior knowledge of the subject.

For only $199, students receive a weekly electronic (email) newsletter containing links to the lecture and to additional video clips, websites or articles of interest.  On completion of the course, they receive a special Jerusalem Botanical Gardens Gold certificate. In addition, they are offered the chance to register for a Flora of the Holy Land tour, lead by Jerusalem Botanical Gardens experts. When they register for the tour, they receive a 50% refund of the course fee!

To receive a free sample electronic newsletter containing a lecture and additional materials please click here 

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Minimum computer requirements for running the courseFlash player 9 (or higher;  Internet connection (fast connection recommended);  Web browser: Internet Explorer (preferred), Chrome or Firefox; NB Incompatible with current ipad. 






  • Temporary clocure Between 26.1.16 - 29.2.16 entry to the gardens will be through the entrance at Yehuda Burla 1 st. Entry through the tunnel is closed for renovation.

  • Temporary closure of the Dworsky Tropical Conservatory The conservatory is now closed to the public for renovation and expansion. The new-look conservatory, scheduled to re-open in 2016, will provide an even better visitor experience in future! Follow the construction works here!

  • Reciprocal membership agreements Members of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens are also eligible for membership benefits at the Chicago and San Diego botanical gardens, thanks to a reciprocal membership scheme!

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