There was some rain in Jerusalem sometime between the time we returned from the airport and the time we got up. When we went out we noticed that a cold front had come in and the entire day was much cooler than it had been earlier in the week. This made the sky more clear with beautiful clouds.
We could see Nebi Samwil (Prophet Samuel) from our hotel window. This is a site suggested as the location of Mizpah by some scholars. Others suggest Tell en-Nasbeh, a mound located at Al Bira in the West Bank.
Samuel, the last judge of Israel, called all of the people of Israel to Mizpah and judged them (1 Samuel 7:5-6). Samuel also anointed Saul to be the first king of Israel at Mizpah (1 Samuel 10:1). Mizpah became the headquarters of Gedaliah as governor of Judah after the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem (2 Kings 25:23).
The photo shows how clear the view was on the southern side of the ridge where Nebi Samwil sits. The view on the north side of the territory of Benjamin was also clear. Specifically we enjoyed seeing the site of Gibeon.
We also did some photography in the Wilderness of Judea and in the Jordan Valley. I made a picture of a baby camel for my grandson. Perhaps other kids might enjoy seeing it.
We have learned this afternoon that our group arrived safely back in Atlanta where the tour started. Hopefully everyone will be at their own home by the evening. We had a great tour. Thanks for taking time to follow along.
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