Our photo today shows an important site in the history of the tribe of Benjamin. The Valley of Lebonah is where the remnant of the tribe of Benjamin caught the daughters of Shiloh (Judges 21:16-25).
The biblical text provides detailed information about the location of this event.
So they said, “Behold, there is the yearly feast of the LORD at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.” (Judges 21:19 ESV).
Our photo today was made from the hill on the west side of the valley of Lebonah. In the distance you will see Tel Shiloh on top of the natural hill.
The apostle Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin (Philippians 3:5).
The tabernacle stood at Shiloh for 300 years. Archaeological excavations are now being conducted by the Associates for Biblical Research under the direction of Dr. Scott Stripling. For more details on the next season of excavation see here.
The publisher (B&H) of the 2008 book describes it as
a collection of essays responding to the radical claims that Israel and its history actually began following the Babylonian exile, and that the history of Israel we read about in the Bible is a fictionalized account.
Contributors are leading Bible and archaeology scholars who bring extra-biblical evidence to bear for the historicity of the Old Testament and provide case studies of new work being done in the field of archaeology.
The book includes the following essays dealing with some of the current discussions in Biblical studies.
Israel – Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? – Daniel I. Block
The Value and Limitations of the Bible and Archaeology – Alan R. Millard
Contextual Criticism as a Framework for Biblical Interpretation – John M. Monson
North-West Semitic Inscriptions and Biblical Interpretation – Joel Drinkard
From Joseph to David: Mari and Israelite Pastoral Traditions – Daniel E. Fleming
Major Geographical Issues in the Accounts of the Exodus – James K. Hoffmeier
Slavery and Slave Laws in Ancient Hatti and Israel – Harry A. Hoffner Jr.
Were the Israelites Really Canaanites? – Alan R. Millard
Syria and the Bible: The Luwian Connection – Richard S. Hess
David and Solomon’s Jemsalem: Do the Bible and Archaeology Disagree? – Alan R. Millard
Who Were Israel’s Transjordanian Neighbors and How Did They Differ? – Gerald L. Mattingly
Shalmaneser III and Israel – K. Lawson Younger Jr.
Did the Israelites Really Learn Their Monotheism in Babylon? – Simon J. Shenvin
Did Persian Zoroastrianism Influence Judaism? – Edwin M. Yamauchi
Interpreting the Bible as an Ancient Near Eastern Document – John H. Walton