After worship this morning we went to Ein Kerem, the traditional home of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. The surrounding area in the hill country of Judea is beautiful.
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah (Luke 1:39 ESV)
Next we went to the Israel Museum. The Museum is closed for renovation, but the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Model are open for visits. I am including a photo of the Herodian Temple and the Antonia. This photo is large enough for presentation. Just click on it.
We drove from the Bethlehem area along the route most likely used by David when he went to visit his brethren in the Valley of Elah.
Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. (1 Samuel 17:1 ESV)
We made some photos of Socoh, and then went to the new excavation of Khirbet Qeiyafa (the Elah Fortress) which overlooks the Valley of Elah. The site has a view of Azekah and Socoh. It was a clear day and the light was such a way that we were able to get this photo from the Khirbet Qeiyafa across the Valley of Elah toward Socoh.
Thanks for sharing this journey with us. A trip like this is not a vacation, but a study and research oppotunity to learn more about the land of the Bible. And the purpose of that is to be able to better teach the Word.