Daily Archives: May 23, 2010

Samson and the Sorek Valley

Samson is often described as a man of great physical strength, but one lacking in moral character. After outwitting the Gazites and taking away the door of the gate of the city he became involved with a Philistine woman named Delilah.

After this he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. (Judges 16:4 ESV)

The Sorek River flows east from the mountains of Judea through the Sorek Valley, past Beth-shemesh and Timnah. Today the brook is polluted, as you may be able to detect in the photo. At this point, near Beth-shemesh, there is a terrible odor associated with the area around the river. I think it comes from the chicken or turkey farms in the valley.

No longer a nice place to take a date.

The Sorek River in the Sorek Valley near Beth-shemesh. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Sorek River in the Sorek Valley near Beth-shemesh. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.