Valley of Sorek, Delilah’s Home

December 6, 2014

Judges 16:4 tells us about Samson’s attraction to the Philistine Delilah, the woman who would bring about his downfall: “After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.”

You can see the valley of Sorek at distant center  in our aerial photo here:

Valley of Sorek. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Valley of Sorek. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary has this brief info:

Sorek, Valley of [sôrˊĕk] (Heb. naḥal śōrēq “valley of a choice grape vine”). A valley to be identified with Wâdī eṣ-Ṣarâr, which runs in a northwesterly direction from the vicinity of Beth-shemesh (ca. 20 km. [13 mi.] west-southwest of Jerusalem) to the Mediterranean, meeting the sea about halfway between Ashdod and Tel Aviv. Delilah’s home was in the valley of Sorek, then under Philistine control (Judg. 16:4). (p. 964)

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