Well, a lot has happened since our last post of this past Friday! Sunday morning, 10/10/2010, we were blessed with the birth of another grandchild. I just happen to have a photo:
Then yesterday we began a 4-day meeting with the Pine Lane church of Christ, south Birmingham. It is good to be with the church there again. Terry Benton serves as evangelist.
Our post today features an aerial photo of Azekah. First note the location of Azekah on the map below.
Azekah is mentioned in connection with the southern conquest of Canaan under Joshua:
And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the LORD cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword. (Josh. 10:11).
Our photo below shows Tel Azekah as it overlooks the Elah Valley.
Azekah is included in the geographical setting for the stand-off between the Philistines and the Israelite army under king Saul.
Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered together at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Sochoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim. (1 Sam. 17:1).
It was on this occasion that David killed the giant from Gath, Goliath.
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