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Canaan was not a big desert. (Someone tell the media!)

Looking at biblically-themed art or watching biblically-themed movies, one has to assume most of ancient Israel’s territory was desert. This is simply not true of a land of “milk and honey” – two products that require vegetation. One example of geographical … Continue reading

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Short Video: David’s battlefield up close

Since this is our last year to excavate in the Elah valley in Israel, I made a short, up-close video of David’s battlefield with Goliath. You can “be there” as we go over the events of 1 Samuel 17.  

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Great aerial photo of Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Elah Valley

Leon Mauldin has posted a great aerial photo of Khirbet Qeiyafa overlooking the Elah Valley. You can see it at Leon’s Message Board. The tree line of the Elah Brook is very obvious in the valley. It is the brook … Continue reading

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Where did David get his sling stones? Right here…

Where did David kill Goliath? The Bible gives numerous landmarks in 1 Samuel 17 to locate the battlefield. It was “between Socoh and Azekah” (v. 1). The armies were camped on mountains “with a valley between them” (3). David stopped … Continue reading

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David fought Goliath next to Khirbet Qeiyafa

Everyone who excavated at Khirbet Qeiyafa had the privilege of enjoying a beautiful, daily view of the Elah Valley. The Elah Valley is most famous as the location of the David vs. Goliath story in 1 Samuel 17. In ancient … Continue reading

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