Daily Archives: June 26, 2011

Searching for info on David (or other Bible characters)

A former student left a comment at another place on this blog:

I’ve been enjoying your blog and the pictures! What a blessing that you’ve been able to travel to all these places and then share that info with those of us who have never been! I’m looking for some information about David for teaching 7th-8th graders and was wondering if you could direct me to where to look on your blog or website. I wanted to be able to show them some ancient historical evidences. Also, may I have permission to use some pictures as visual aid in the classroom? Thank you!

Always nice to hear from former students and friends.

First, regarding permission. You certainly have permission to use any of this material in Bible classes as long as the credit line is maintained. I am honored and delighted that you find the material helpful.

Locating material on David (or anyone else, or any place). The search box on the blog is not the greatest in the world, but it can be helpful. Just put the word David in the search box. It is true that you may get a mention of some other person named David, but I think you will find it helpful. Also try Saul, Elah, Kiriath (as in Kiriath Jearim), En Gedi, stronghold, Ziklag, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, or any other person or place you are studying about. We certainly haven’t covered every Bible character or place, but we have covered a lot in past four years.

Also take a look at the Biblical Studies Info Page. Look under Scholarly, then Photos and Art, for photo sources. I think every church should have the collection of photos from Bible Places. Good photos can be found at Holy Land Archives, and Bible Land Photographs.  Also check the Maps of Bible Lands category. Bible Atlas is especially helpful in identifying the places associated with David (or any other Bible character).

I am including a recent photo of Abu Ghosh and the site of biblical Kiriath-jearim (or Kiriath Jearim). The view is to the west.

Abu Ghosh and the site of Kiriath Jearim. This is where the Ark of the Covenant rested for 20 years until David took it to Jerusalem. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Abu Ghosh and the site of Kiriath Jearim. This is where the Ark of the Covenant rested for 20 years until David took it to Jerusalem. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Kiriath-jearim’s highest honor is in the association with the ark of the covenant. The Israelites took the ark from the tabernacle at Shiloh to the battle field at Ebenezer when they were fighting with the Philistines (1 Samuel 4). The ark was captured by the Philistines and taken to Ashdod, then to Gath, and finally to Ekron before they decided to get rid of it. The ark was returned to Beth-shemesh (1 Samuel 4-6).

The men of Beth-shemesh sent messengers to the residents of Kiriath-jearim asking them to come and take the ark to their town. The ark was brought into the house of Abinadad on the hill. His son, Eleazar, was consecrated by the men of the city to keep the ark of the LORD. The ark remained there for many years until David had it brought to Jerusalem (1 Samuel 6:21-7:2; 2 Samuel 6).

Check Bible Atlas here for maps showing Kiriath-jearim.