September 30, 2018

Mount Tabor across the Jezreel Valley

"Mount Tabor looking across the Jezreel Valley."

Iron linchpin found in Jezreel Valley

"Broken iron linchpin found in Jezreel Valley"

Judges 1:19 The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had iron chariots.

Judges 4:1-2 1. After Ehud died, the Israelites once again did evil in the eyes of the LORD. 2. So the LORD sold them into the hands of Jabin, a king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim.

The forth chapter of Judges contain the story above, the story of Deborah. The fifth chapter is comprised of The Song of Deborah. I will confess to "skimming" when I get to the songs and the poems (and especially, the begats) when I'm reading the bible. I don't like the beat and the lyrics never make any sense. But if you do not read the song of Deborah in chapter five, you will miss a lot of the detail of the story. For instance, unless you read chapter five, you don't know that God made it rain just before the battle. This information is in chapter five. Also, you don't know who fought with Naphtali and Zebulun unless you read chapter five. Sometimes you just gotta read through the pain.

Mount Tabor is about 1300 feet in elevation. By comparison, Pinnacle mountain is about 1000 feet, so Tabor would be similar in height. ALSO, the bible doesn't say exactly where the Mount of Transfiguration is, the place where Jesus took Peter, John, and James to witness his transfiguration, but there are a fair number of Christian traditionalists that place it atop Mount Tabor. (The other place is Mount Hermon. There are others, as well.)


Caleb is alive and well in the first chapter of Judges. Contrast his faith and success with the other Israelites.

Hebron figures extensively in the old testament. Called Kiriath Arba (city of Arba), Abraham negotiated with the Hittites to acquire a tomb there when Sarah died, the cave of Machpelah. The cave is the burial sight of Abraham and Sarah, Issac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah (Rachel is buried in Bethlehem.) The cave is currently under a Muslim shrine, the Mosque of Abraham in Hebron. It is currently inaccessible. Google Cave of the Patriarchs

Nephilim only appears in the bible three times; once prior to the flood and twice in the report by the Canaanite spies. The bible is not long on information. They are inferred as the offspring of the "Sons of God" and "Daughters of Man" and are said to be "heroes of old, men of renown." And apparently good swimmers. The Anakites are said to be descendants of the Nephilim. This is one of those things it's fun to speculate about. Was Goliath a descendant of the Nephilim? How big were these guys? I think of Polyphemus (the cyclops in the Odyssey) was a Nephilim. But that's just me...

Joshua Joshua was an Ephraimite, originally named Hoshea. Moses changed his name to Joshua. Of the millions that walked out of Egypt during the Exodus, ONLY Joshua and Caleb entered the promised land. Think about that.