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Tel Qasile & the Philistine Temples

Tel Qasile The site of Tel Qasile was Philistine city built at the mouth of the Yarkon River in modern Tel Aviv. A series of Philistine temples were found here, built on top of each other over the years. Most notable in the design are the columns and the large stone threshold. The temple and much of the city was finally destroyed by fire sometime around the 10th century.

Socoh, Azekah, Khirbet Qeiyafa

1_Socoh_Azekah_Qeiyafa In I Samuel 17, the Philistine armies have gathered at Socoh, and are encamped between Socoh and Azekah.  Across the Elah Valley, were the Israelites, with a river between them and their enemies.  To the left of this photo is Socoh with Azekah rising at the end of the valley.  To the right is the site of Khirbet Qeiyafa, the possible location of the Israelite camp.

The Cliffs

1_The_Cliffs_1 In I Samuel 14, Jonathan and his armor bearer perform a daring raid on the Philistine garrison in Michmash, just north of Jerusalem.  Separating the enemies from the Israelite camp at Gibeah is a deep ravine punctuated by sheer cliffs on each side.  This photo would be in the general area and it fits the physical description.  It’s certainly a good visual backdrop for this passage.