Site of the Month – 2011

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   This page is a gallery  of the Biblical sites that were selected by staff and readers as the “site of the month” during year 2011.

   The selection of the “site of the month” is usually a new site that was added during that past month and was considered at that time as an important addition to the web site and worthy of highlighting. You can look on these sites in order to visit these  “best” sites.

   The sites are ordered from the recent month on the top.

To see more of the site, click on its header.

Dec 2011 Azekah

  Remains of a mighty Biblical city, located above the valley of Elah. The city was one of the strongholds of the Kingdom of Judah, which protected its western border.

Joshua 10 11: “…the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah”.

 Nov 2011 Sochoh

   Remains of a Biblical city, dated to the times of David and successor kings of Judah. It was an important fortified gateway city, protecting the western flank of the Kingdom.

  2 Chronicles 11 5-12: “And Rehoboam … built cities for defense in Judah. He built …  Shoco…”.

Oct 2011 Shaaraim (“Two gates”)

   Remains of a Biblical city, dated to the times of David. Its name means “two gates”, which were found in the excavations of Khirbet Qeiyafa.

   1 Samuel 17:52: “And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim…”

Sep 2011 Valley of Elah (Overview)

   The famous site of the battle between David and Goliath. Featured sites in this area: Sha’arayim and Sochoh.

1 Samuel 17 2: “And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. “

Aug  2011 Kh. Matta and Ein Tannur –   the springs of Noah

   Ancient remains and springs are located in the Zanoah valley. They are named after Noah and the great flood.


   Joshua 15, 33-34: “And in the valley…  Zanoah”

July 2011   Horvat Hanut   Roads to Jerusalem

        The Roman road from Elah Valley   passed through Horvat Hanut, and started here its ascent to Bethlehem and Jerusalem.


June 2011 Nitzana – Nessana

   Nitzana (Nessana) was a Byzantine desert city, located on the south-west frontier of the Holy Land. Founded as a Nabatean fortified station along the Incense route, then developed in the Byzantine period.

May 2011      Shivta – Ancient desert city

    Impressive ruins of a Nabatean, Roman and Byzantine city in the Negev desert. A UNESCO world heritage site.



 Apr 2011 Avdat (Obada)   – Ancient desert City

A Nabatean city on the Incense Route, which became an impressive desert city during   the Roman and Byzantine periods.

   Avdat - view from the south

Mar 2011 Euthymius Monastery

   A large walled 5th century monastery and pilgrimage inn, with huge underground water reservoirs.

Feb 2011 Martyrius Monastery

      A large walled Byzantine monastery, founded by Martyrius in the 5th century. The site,   one of the largest and most beautiful communal monasteries in the Judean Desert, was recently opened to the public after extensive excavations & restoration.

Jan 2011 Nahal Ilan – Roads to Jerusalem

        The Roman road from Emmaus  passed through a narrow mountain passage named Nahal Ilan (Wadi A’lakah), and started here its ascent to to the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Judges 1 35: “But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon”


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This page was last updated on Dec 2, 2011

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