Spring of Jezreel

On a recent trip to Israel I visited a site that I had viewed many times, but had not taken the time to visit.

The spring of Jezreel is situated in the large cluster of trees.

The Spring of Jezreel is located about 0.6 mi. northeast of the summit of biblical Zezreel.

This is a view of the pool and abandoned structure that was built during the days of the British Mandate (1922–1948). A channel directs water from the Spring of Jezreel into this pool. This powerful spring is located at the foot of Tel Jezreel (about 0.6 mi northeast of the summit of the tell).

According to the biblical text it was here that Saul mustered the Israelite troops in preparation for his fatefull battle with the Philistines.

“The Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.”

Soon afterward, Saul and his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-shua were killed on nearby Mount Gilboa (1 Samuel 31:2).

Naboth’s vineyards may have also been in the vicinity (1 Kings 21:1).

View of the channel that leads from the Spring of Jezreel to the pool that was built during the days of the British Mandate (1922–1948). In this photo, the water is flowing toward the viewer.

For more images from Jezreel, Click Here.

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2 responses to “Spring of Jezreel

  1. Thanks, Carl, for sharing the pics of the Spring of Jezreel and the historical details. I visited the spring years ago when excavating at Jezreel, but would like to take JUC students there. Is the road in accessible by bus? Thanks!
    Carl Laney

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