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About: United Taybeh American Association
The UTAA is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 to organize and create unity among natives of Taybeh, Palestine and their ancestry living in the United States and abroad. Its main purpose is to maintain and nurture the cultural ties of the people of Taybeh in the United States and abroad as well as to provide philanthropic services for the people of Taybeh. This includes funds for college scholarships, medical supplies, as well as other charitable and social projects in Taybeh.
Aphram, Ephrem, Ephrom, three names with slight morphological alterations to indicate the same town, the present day Taybeh, one of the most mystical Canaanite cities Ariha (Jericho), Ur Salem (Jerusalem), Ram Own (Ramoon), Bet Il (Bethel), whose history dated back to eight thousand years before Christ, when it had been founded and named so by the peninsular Arab clan of Canaan, who emigrated towards that country at such a remote time. This name Aphram had suffered some phonetic deformation during the Joshue tribe invasion (about 1 BC). The name of the city became Ophra (Bible: Jos. 18,23); nevertheless, some decades afterward, the original name Aphram was recovered by its native people until the arrival of the great Saladin who gave it the name of Taybeh (1187 AD). During his battles against Crusaders, Saladin camped in Tall Al Assur, a high point that dominated the region. Many delegations travelled to greet him, including some Aphram inhabitants. When the leader asked about the village from where this delegation came, one of his soldiers apparently said, “They are from afra”, a word badly pronounced which, in Arabic, implies “full of dust.” Saladin was really affected by the goodness of these Aphram men as well as by the beauty of their faces. He ordered, then, to change their hometown name, instead of Afra to Taybeh-al-ism which means “Beautiful of name.”
Taybeh-Aphram is located 35 km northeast of Jerusalem, at a height of 869 m. on a rocky hill dominating the desert depression of Jordan River and the mirror of the Dead Sea. Jesus, after Lazarus’ clamorous resurrection, retired with his disciples to this town. John says, “Since that day on, they (the Pharisees) made the decision to kill him. Jesus did not walk in public among the Jews anymore. He went away to a region near the desert, to a city called Aphram, and it was there that he and his disciples dwelt” (H, 53-56). This happened during the first days of Nissan in the year 30. It was at that time, the retirement of Jesus in a rocky desertic hill situated 8 km from Taybeh towards the Jordan, so as to fortify his spirit, pray and fast, and expose himself to temptation. That is why this rocky hill is known as the name (Qruntul), from the Latin root “Quarenta” (forty), allusively at the forty days of Jesus fasting. Certainly we know, according to the Evangelist relates that Taybeh-Aphram is the isolated place where Jesus found the diaphanous quietness to prepare himself and his disciples for the great sacrifice.
In the fifth century, a church was built in the eastern part of the town, probably in memory of the Master’s passing. Today, this church is known as St. George’s Church. In the 12th century, the Crusaders built another church affixed to the first one. In 1185, Balduinus IV, King of Jerusalem, gave Boniface de Monteferrat the castle of St. Elias, placed in the higher part of the city. St. George’s Church is the most interesting one in Taybeh. Built in the Byzantine period, it consists of a nave and two side chapels, preceded by a beautiful flight of stairs. The church is 29 m wide by 25 m long.
Visit www.Taybeh.org for more history on our Holy village.