Many tour groups to Israel will travel north to visit the Sea of Galilee via the Sharon Plain, often stopping at Muhraqa on Mount Carmel (Elijah vs. the prophets of Baal and Asherah; and for a view of the Jezreel Valley) and/or Megiddo before heading to overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
After leaving Megiddo most participants have a good grasp of the Jezreel Valley, but a great addition (especially in the afternoon sun) is to actually visit Tell Jezreel (Tel Yizreel) along route 675 at the west end of the Harod Valley. From the shaded visitors’ platform there are terrific views of the Hill of Moreh, the Harod Valley, and Mount Gilboa.
From here the group leader and/or guide can discuss:
- The important route that leads from Ramoth Gilead in Transjordan to the port of Acco/Ptolemais via Beth Shan, the Harod Valley, and the Jezreel Valley.
- Gideon mustering his men at the Spring of Harod (Judges 7)
Saul mustering his troops at the Spring of Jezreel before battling the Philistines (1 Sam 29:1).
- Elijah and Ahab (1 Kings 18:45-46).
- Naboth’s vineyard and Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 21)
- Jehu’s coup and the death of Jezebel (2 Kings 9).
- Elisha helping the woman of Shunem (2 Kings 4:8-37).
All this will take a bit of time, but the learning experience and the views from the site of Jezreel are terrific.
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Next week — a little known view of Mount Tabor and the home of a famous medium.