In Netanya, Israel

October 15, 2013

Though Netanya is not a biblical city, it is located on the Mediterranean Coast within the biblical Plain of Sharon. As our bus was transporting our group to Netanya, I noticed a sign which said Ha Sharon, (the Sharon). Texts mentioning Sharon include:

Song of Solomon 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.

Acts 9:35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him [Aeneas, raised from the dead] and turned to the Lord.

I took this photo just after sunset 2+ hrs. ago.

Natana, located within the biblical Plain of Sharon. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Netanya, within the biblical Plain of Sharon, facing west. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Map shows the Plain of Sharon:

Plain of Sharon. BibleAtlas.org

Plain of Sharon. BibleAtlas.org

Wikipedia has this info re Netanya, and its relation to Sharon:

Netanya (Hebrew: נְתַנְיָה, lit., “gift of God”) is a city in the Northern Central District of Israel, and is the capital of the surrounding Sharon plain. It is located 30 km (18.64 mi) north of Tel Aviv, and 56 km (34.80 mi) south of Haifa, between the ‘Poleg’ stream and Wingate Institute in the south and the ‘Avichail’ stream in the north. Netanya was named in honor of Nathan Straus, a prominent Jewish American merchant and philanthropist in the early twentieth century.

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