Summary: The town of Emmaus was located approximately seven miles northwest of present
day Jerusalem. Emmaus is first mentioned in scripture as the location where Yeshua
reunited with the twelve apostles and the seventy disciples after he had sent them
from Mount Tabor to proclaim ‘the coming of the Lord’ (Y:19:1,60; Y:27:54).
According to scripture, John, the son of Levi (one of Yeshua’s disciples) was a resident
of Emmaus (Y:31:1).
The book of Yeshua reports an event in which the resurrected Yeshua appears to two
disciples as they were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. It is revealed that the
two disciples are Cleopas and John, the son of Levi. As they were traveling, there
appeared beside them a fellow sojourner ‘being laden with a great load’. The man
asked for help in carrying the heavy burden, and the two agreed. As they made their
way to Emmaus, John and Cleopas spoke with the stranger regarding Yeshua and how
he was killed by the chief priests, for the man seemed unaware of the recent events.
Having arrived in Emmaus, John and Cleopas invited the man to have supper with them.
As they sat down to eat, the man blessed the bread and broke it in pieces to give
to John and Cleopas. When the two looked upon the man, they saw Yeshua instead, who
commanded that they should go and tell their brethren concerning the event (Y:48:19-27).
Now there came secretly in the night unto Bethany, a ruler of the Jews whose name
was Nicodemus; and with him also came John, the son of Levi from the city of Emmaus.