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Emmaus

Meaning: hot baths.

This was the name of a village “three-score furlongs” from Jerusalem, where our Lord had an interview with two of his disciples on the day of his resurrection (Luke 24:13).

LOCATION: Its site, however, has been much disputed. This village has been identified with the modern el-Kubeibeh, lying over 7 miles northwest of Jerusalem. This name, el-Kubeibeh, meaning “little dome,” is derived from the remains of the Crusaders' church still there. Others have identified it with the modern Khurbet Khamasa i.e., “the ruins of Khamasa”, about 8 miles southwest of Jerusalem, where there are ruins also of a Crusaders' church.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, with minor editing by Paul S. Taylor.