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.
Map shows the Plain of Sharon:
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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Oh, I have stared at that sunset for many times during my visits to Israel. Something truly calming and magical about it.
Thanks for writing!