The Greatest Leader of All Time

The Greatest Leader of All Time


The Bible speaks of so many wonderful leaders and how God blessed them for their work. There are many verses that God spoke to encourage men and women who choose to step up and lead. Additionally, there are several passages where Jesus teaches against the worldly systems of authority, and where he proposes a social system that is quite the opposite …

The Holy Virgin's Well in Beit Sahour

The Holy Virgin's Well in Beit Sahour


The Holy Virgin's Well is located in the old market of the city of Beit Sahour, around 1 kilometer away from the Shepherds' Field. The Holy Virgin's Well in Beit-Sahour is characterized by its holiness to Christian people. This is because of its connection to a lot of historical incidents such as the appearances of the Holy Virgin which are still …

Under $10 Olive Wood Products

Under $10 Olive Wood Products


The best things in life are (basically) free.   Olive Wood Kitchenware Utensils Functional stylish kitchenware is a lovely addition to any kitchen. With these wood carved items, you’ll feel like preparing a meal in Biblical times! Olive Wood Cross Necklaces & Pendants Wear your olive wood Pendant cross with pride! These items are lightweight, durable, and easy to wear. Olive Wood Christmas Ornaments What better way to …

The Four Quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Four Quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem


The Old City, which is called al-Balda al-Qadimah in Arabic, is divided into four neighborhoods, which are named according to the ethnic affiliation of most of the people who live in them. Entering through the Jaffa Gate and traveling to David Street places the Christian Quarter on the left. On the right, as you continue down David Street, you'll enter the …

Jericho: The Oldest City in the World

Jericho: The Oldest City in the World


About 15 miles northeast of Jerusalem, lays the “City of Palm Trees”, the oldest city in the world. In Biblical times, Jericho was known as an oasis city and it appears in 58 Bible verses. In Jericho, Jesus gave to the people "The Parable of the Pounds" that appears in the Gospel of Luke, and is called “The Parable of the …

The ABC's of Mother: 6 Bible Verses about Mothers

The ABC's of Mother: 6 Bible Verses about Mothers


Learn the ABC's of "Mother" through 6 Bible verses. We hope these verses remind you that you should always love and cherish your mother, and not only on Mother's Day, but on every chance you get.  M - Our Blessed Mother Mary Luke 1:46-48 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of …

New Products Launch for May 2017: Stone Mosaics, Sterling Silver, and Olive Wood

New Products Launch for May 2017: Stone Mosaics, Sterling Silver, and Olive Wood


  A very special addition to our collection of stone mosaics, sterling silver necklaces, and new olive wood statues!   1) Coronation of the Virgin Olive Wood Statue The crowning of Mary as Queen of all creation is the culmination of all the privileges granted to Our Lady. The Mother of God is portrayed on a cloud, assumed body and soul into heaven, by the …

10 Things You Should Know About Our Olive Wood Products

10 Things You Should Know About Our Olive Wood Products


1) Carving Quality The Bannoura family has been following the ancient tradition of wood carving passed by many generations so we ensure top quality olive wood handicrafts for our customers. Over time, our skill has been improved upon and passed down from father to son for many generations, with each generation adding new stylistic ideas and new means to improve the crafting, …

New Olive Wood Products Launch (April 2018)

New Olive Wood Products Launch (April 2018)


The April Collection of truly unique set of olive wood statues have launched! All of the below products and more are available on BethlehemHandicrafts.com and in our store 4114 S Parker Rd, Aurora, Colorado 80014. 1) Large Abstract Holy Family Olive Wood Statue Artistic vision combined with deep faith in our Lord shows you this marvelous olive wood carving made in Bethlehem which is …

The Dead Sea in the Holy Land

The Dead Sea in the Holy Land


Bordered by Jordan to the east and Palestine to the west, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. In Arabic, it is called ‎Al-Bahr al-Mayyit which literally translates to “the dead sea”. It has a surface of around 430 metres below sea level, which is the lowest point on earth. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is receding …

Bethlehem Handicrafts: USA Store, Online Market & Christian Pilgrimages

Bethlehem Handicrafts: USA Store, Online Market & Christian Pilgrimages


Bethlehem Handicrafts is the first olive wood store in the USA with an online market that ships worldwide, a workshop in Bethlehem, and an operator of Christian pilgrimages. To the east of the Church of the Nativity is a small road that gently goes down to the fields of Boaz. It was here that the Shepherds were told by the Angel Gabriel …

The Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in the Holy Land

The Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in the Holy Land


What’s a better place to celebrate Easter in than the actual birthplace of Our Lord and Savior? Celebrating Easter in the Holy Land is a spiritual experience in itself, and especially in Jerusalem, the great city. The world’s attention turns to the city of Christ’s passion where it marks the path that Jesus walked towards his own death. This time of …

The Holy Fire & Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Fire & Church of the Holy Sepulchre


Overview: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is placed in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and it contains the two holiest sites in the world for Christians: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, and Jesus's empty tomb, where He has been buried and resurrected.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known in Arabic as Kanisatu Al-Qiyamah, literally …

The Last Hours of Jesus Told in 8 Olive Wood Statues

The Last Hours of Jesus Told in 8 Olive Wood Statues


1) Washing the Feet's Statue (BH 8110) This carved extraordinary wood statue from Bethlehem olive wood in the Holy Land represents The night before Jesus’ death when He kneeled in humble service to wash the feet of his apostles before they began supper, a task usually reserved for the lowliest household servant, commanding us to do the same out of love for our …

St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Irish Pirates, Green Shamrock, and Beer

St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Irish Pirates, Green Shamrock, and Beer


   St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, a day that began as a religious holiday in Ireland and ended up becoming a day of celebration of the Irish culture and heritage celebrated on March 17 all over the world. (Source: AJC)   Who is St. Patrick? St. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland …

The Easter Collection is Here!

The Easter Collection is Here!


Feel free to browse our Easter catalog of items specially picked for the season.   1) Olive Wood Hand Carved Last Supper (Masterpiece) Hundreds of hours and much faith were put in creating this olive wood masterpiece that is simply breathtaking. Thousands of intricate details show huge dedication and deep Christian knowledge regarding the Last Supper and all the symbolism it carries through the centuries. …

10 Interesting Facts About Lent

10 Interesting Facts About Lent


Lent is a 40-day time period before Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday that prepares the faithful to celebrate Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection through fasting, prayer and almsgiving. It is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper. It’s the season to reflect on …

Rome's Colosseum will be lit in red in solidarity with persecuted Christians - especially in Syria and Iraq

Rome's Colosseum will be lit in red in solidarity with persecuted Christians - especially in Syria and Iraq


Rome's Colosseum to bathed in blood red in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world, but especially in Syria and Iraq, later this month. The initiative comes from a Catholic charity called Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which is a revival of a similar project from last year. The crimson red lights are supposed to represent the bloodshed of Christians around …

The Feast of Saint Valentine

The Feast of Saint Valentine


Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday that takes place on February 14. Nowadays, it is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of love and romance in many places all around the world. However, did you know that on this day we are honoring more than one saint named …

The 7 “I am” Statements of Jesus Christ

The 7 “I am” Statements of Jesus Christ


In the Bible, Jesus clearly emphasizes that He is the sole way into Heaven, not merely a way, but the one and only path that leads us to eternal life. When asked "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" by Doubting Thomas, a question which is still asked by millions today, Jesus replied …

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