In 2011 Leon Mauldin and I make arrangements to visit Tel Adullam and the Cave of Adullam. I had gathered some information from Prof. Carl Rasmussen and Gordan Franz about locating the site. We secured the services of a guide from the small town of Aderet, a moshav on the north side of Adullam. She took us to the site in a four-wheel drive vehicle and explained what we were seeing.
Tel Adullam is near the Valley of Elah where David had met and defeated Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
Once we reached the forested mound we enjoyed a wonderful view to the east, and south. Our guide, Daphna, inquired first about our interest in the site. How did we even know about the site, she wondered. She is a Sabre, a native-born Israeli, who lives at Aderet.
There is a large cave at Adullam. Is it the cave where David stayed while fleeing from Saul? Can’t say, but if it was not this one it had to be another one near by. The next photo was made from inside the cave.
Adullam is significant in several biblical accounts. Here are a few.
Judah stayed with an Adullamite man named Hirah. He married the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua.
At that time Judah left his brothers and stayed with an Adullamite man named Hirah. There Judah saw the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. Judah acquired her as a wife and had marital relations with her. (Genesis 38:1-2 NET)
The episode of Onan and his failure to fulfill his responsibility to bring up children to his deceased brother (the Levirate marriage; Genesis 38:3-10).
Joshua defeated the king of Adullam during the Conquest (Joshua 12:15), and became one of the Shephelah (lowland or hill country) cities of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:35).
The cave of Adullam is associated with David. When he left Gath he went to Adullam before sending his parents to Moab for safety.
So David left there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of his father’s family learned about it, they went down there to him. (1 Samuel 22:1 NET)
In fact, David spent much time at Adullam. I suggest you read the entire account in 2 Samuel 23:13ff.
When the prophet Micah warned Judah about the coming Assyrian invasion he said,
…the leaders of Israel shall flee to Adullam (Micah 1:15 NET)
Just as David did about three centuries earlier.
One more point. Jesus was a descendant of David and Judah, both of whom had an association with Adullam (Revelation 5:5).
What a wonderful experience.
Note: if you wish to locate the Adullam cave on Google Earth Pro, search for Aderet, Israel, and then look for the cave. Or use these coordinates: 31°39’02.33 N, 35°00’08.53 E.
Which photo is today’s favorite? Take your pick.
Thank you again for sharing these pictures!!! Although I have never been to visit any of the geographical locations in the Bible, it has been a long desire of mine. I plan to start financially trying to set aside for a trip there with Susan in the near future. I have been viewing some of the videos of Bible places on YouTube. I have thought about inviting other Christians to our home to watch and discuss the videos. I noticed you are using the NET translation of the Bible. I use the NASB translation on the Olive Tree app on my Kindle. I use a split screen with the NET translation and NET notes. I have found it very helpful in studying God’s word and preparing for class and for my sermons. Although some of the comments are denominational, overall I have found them insightful and helpful with the original Greek and Hebrew.
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On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 10:24 AM Ferrell’s Travel Blog wrote:
> ferrelljenkins posted: “In 2011 Leon Mauldin and I make arrangements to > visit Tel Adullam and the Cave of Adullam. I had gathered some information > from Prof. Carl Rasmussen and Gordan Franz about locating the site. We > secured the services of a guide from the small town of Aderet” >
The interior of the cave is my favorite; the opening appears to be small, which would require a grown man to crawl into it. (?)
I really enjoy visiting Bible places vicariously through your posts! Tom
Thanks! I appreciate the coordinates too in case I get a chance to stop there.