To make our last day in Israel (tomorrow) easier since we have an overnight flight afterwards, Barry decided to start slowing things down, so this morning he took us to the Shephelah. The Shephelah, or lowlands, of southern Israel are the hills between Jerusalem and the Mediteranean Sea.
In the time of the Joshua and the Kings of Israel, the Shephelah are where the major Philistine cities were located, blocking off the western end of their respective east/west valleys, making it difficult for the Isrealites to reach the coast. If you look at the slightly crooked map, you will see five valleys that run east and west across the Shephelah. Each valley had a Philistine city at the western end, and most of the valleys had an Israelite occupied city at the eastern end. Eventually the Philistine cities were captured, which gave Isreal easier access to the sea.
Bet-Shemesh (The Sorek Valley)
The Valley of Elah
Tel Be'er Sheva (Beer-Sheba)
This may be the last post for this trip. We are making a couple more stops tomorrow, but I'm not sure how much access I will have to the internet. If possible, I will make a final post from the airport tomorrow evening. But if not, thank you for following along with us on our amazing journey! Barry, Norm and Gus have done an excellent job guiding, instructing and keeping us safe. Praise God for the opportunity to join this great group. If you ever have the chance to join Barry on one of his trips I would highly recommend it. Lord willing, we'll sign off tomorrow.
Love to all,
Jeremy & Anna