The Satellite Bible Atlas web site has a series of short videos that illuminate Bible places. Today features one that illuminates the region of Samaria. I watched it and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is more than worth the 15 minutes’ viewing time.
Todd Bolen comments on this video:
In my experience, the most important area of the biblical land that people know the least about is the hill country of Samaria. Its importance is reflected in the fact that it is easier for me to list biblical people who were not in this area than it is to name those who were.
… In just 15 minutes, you’ll learn about:
- The capital city of Samaria
- The Trans-Samaria Highway
- The Wadi Fara
- Mounts Gerizim and Ebal
The video includes a historical review of major events, including Jacob’s dream at Bethel, Joshua’s battle at Ai, the tabernacle at Shiloh, Jeroboam’s capital, Baal worship at Samaria, the chariots of fire at Dothan, and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.
Most tourists do not visit these areas today largely due to the political situation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. All of the region of Samaria is in the West Bank. It is often safe to visit but many vehicle rental agencies in Israel do not insure their vehicles in PA territories. There is more than enough to see outside of Samaria, but the region is more prominent throughout the Bible than any other except Jerusalem.
Whether or not you have already visited some of these places, in 15 minutes from now you may be ready to plan a trip. Enjoy!
HT: Todd Bolen