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Abraham Path Initiative

Walking to Petra: 7 Pillars of Beauty

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

Rated among the 15 best treks in the world by National Geographic, one anticipates a great deal in walking across southern Jordan to Petra. Seven reasons why this section of the Abraham Path still exceeds anyone's expectations.

My Night at Mar Saba

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion
Stefan Szepesi

Here I am; not walking but waiting. It is a sunny winter afternoon and I sit under the imposing tower of one of the most spectacular monasteries in the Middle East. This is the Lavra of Mar Saba.

Across the West Bank On Foot

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

There are few places in the world where a good walk can be as stimulating to body and soul as the Palestinian West Bank.

Ascending Abraham's Nemesis

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

What is the summit, exactly? The natural peak of Nemrut has remained covered for more than two millennia and the pyramid that sits on top of the mountain consists of hundreds of thousands of small stones, the debris of the larger than life godly statues at its foot.

Abraham's Kitchen

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

Many miss out on the deep cultural and social fabric of the Middle East. The spiritual heart of Urfa is buzzing with tranquility. On the streets I hear Kurdish and Arabic. But all signs are in Turkish. English is virtually absent.

Wandering Between Sacred Foxes and Abraham

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.14.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

It is day two of my seven-day walk-and-talk with a group of seven friends. Our purpose: to test new sections of the Abraham Path between Urfa and Harr...

Walking Towards the Sun God

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

We venture into the Tektek Mountains, a curious title for a desert landscape of nomads, desolate temples and ruins of empires long past. But no mountains. We are in the midst of a seven day walk-and-talk journey with seven friends exploring the Abraham Path in southeastern Turkey.

A Gathering at the Home of the Friend

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

The slogan: "the cradle of civilization," is often used to promote travel to ancient places, but nowhere is the term more fitting than here.

Joseph Erbentraut

Abraham Path Initiative Pursues Lofty Goal From Midwest Roots | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- An ambitious initiative aimed at helping to shrink a divide between the Middle East and the rest of the world has deep roots in the heart o...

A Walk Away From Fear

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Stefan Szepesi

It felt as if we had finally stumbled upon the obvious, something that could give us -- diplomats, journalists, development workers -- a new way of connecting to the Middle East: to apply the world's oldest method of human encounter in a region that is the pinched nerve of civilisation. Walking allowed us to know both the region and its people anew.

Walking The Abraham Path To Christian, Jewish And Muslim Understanding

Dick Simon | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Dick Simon

As arranged by the Abraham Path's local partners, I ate with people, slept in their homes, visited their schools, viewed their factories and fields, and talked with them about their beliefs, frustrations, hopes and desires.