Sites of the history of Israel


Sites of 1st & 2nd  Destructions SOUTHERN  ISRAEL

(Photo above taken on the road to Tel Arad in the Negev Desert of southern Israel, Summer 2013.)


Sites    Southern Valleys to Negev     Masada & Other Dead Sea Sites


            FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF DAVID (MAP COMING BACK) "Shephelah"   The southern valleys that are formed by the drainage from the ridge of mountains to the Mediterranean Sea [the Great Sea]; as the name suggests, it is the area of the grazing of flocks. It is the area where David grazed his flocks and received his psalms by inspiration. The Valley of Elah is where he fought the giant, Goliath, and gained favor with the people of Israel.     "JUDEA"   The ridge area known as the Ancient Heights, settled by the patriarchs. See the Sites of the Patriarchs. David was born here in Bethlehem and was anointed king by Samuel at the house of his father, Jesse. It would be from his lineage that the LORD Jesus would, 1000 years later, be born here as well. David would establish his capital as king in Hebron for seven years, until he moved it to Jerusalem.



"Wilderness of Judea" [along the Dead Sea] One of David's hiding places from King Saul, who was jealous of David because he knew he was going to be replaced by him as king, was Ein Gedi, an oasis on the Dead Sea with a waterfall, small deer and rock badgers that can still be seen today. Ein Gedi is also the site of a huge night-time, out-door pageantry that takes place every year for the Feast of Tabernacles. It is headed up by the International Christian Embassy that is located in Jerusalem; the ICEJ was started by Christians some years ago when all of the nations moved their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Christians come from many nations to attend the pageant and also to participate in a parade of nations to show their friendship and love for the Jewish people.   "Negev"  The great stretch of desert that starts with Beersheba, where Abraham dug his well. It is also in this desert where the Tel of Arad is located. Further south is the gravesite of Ben Gurion, the first leader of Israel who declared their independence.  Also seen here are sites believed to be where Sodom and the cities of the plain were located, including a salt pillar believed to be Lot's wife. And it is in the Negev that a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness has been constructed and may be visited in the National Park of Timnah. Also, Timnah is the place of Solomon's copper mines. Last, but not least, is the wonderful port city of Eilat, located at the far southern tip of Israel's current boundaries and located on the Gulf of Aqaba "finger" of the Red Sea; this was the port where Solomon received precious items from Africa and Asia. This would also have been the port for receiving the Queen of Sheba who had come to see this great man of renown.