Daily Archives: August 4, 2011

The plain of Acco from Haifa north

Please refer to yesterday’s post about the plain of Acco. In the photo below we begin over Mount Carmel and look north toward Acco, and east toward the mountains of upper Galilee. The city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is below. This photo had to be made without the window of the plane being opened and lacks a little of the sharpness I like. I think it does illustrate the narrow “plain” as it stretches along the Mediterranean coast.

View of Plain of Acco from above Mount Carmel and Haifa. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

View of the Plain of Acco from above Mount Carmel and Haifa. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Our next photo looks southwest over the southern portion of the plain. Notice the narrow strip of city buildings and the beautiful farm land. The land extending out into the Sea is that little hump that teachers learn to draw when they sketch the coastal outline of Israel. Don’t overlook that there is more to Mount Carmel. It extends from the northwest to the southeast for about 14 ½ miles.

Southwest view of the Plain of Acco. Mount Carmel is in distance. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Southwest view of the Plain of Acco. Mount Carmel is in distance. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins

The next photo is much the same except that it was made a few miles inland. A tell (archaeological mound) is seen on the plain of Acco. This site is known as Afek (Aphek) of the tribe of Asher (Joshua 12:18; 19:30). Don’t confuse this with Afek (Aphek) in the account of Israel losing the ark of the covenant to the Philistines (1 Samuel 4). More about that another time.

Afek of Galilee with southwest view of Plain of Acco toward Haifa. Photo: F. Jenkins.

Afek of Galilee with southwest view of Plain of Acco toward Haifa. Photo: F. Jenkins.

Now that we have discussed the plain of Acco, we suggest you refer to our posts mentioning the plain of Sharon (here), and the plain of Philistia (here).