Israel Day 9: Archeological Dig, Bet Shemesh, and where David killed Goliath

We spent the entire morning digging through archeological sites. It was pretty amazing! We started in a “tell” where inhabitants in the 3rd century BC had built their homes.  When the Romans came to invade the “tell” dwellers destroyed everything and buried it under the earth, so today, we spent the day digging up pottery and other 3rd century BC items in the archeological dig.  When we were done with that really cool project, we went crawling through partial excavated ruins that were lit by candlelight. 

The best way to share this day with you is via pictures, so please check out Facebook and Instagram.

Our final stop of the day was Bet Shemesh.  Several things happened here:  It was the hometown of Samson and it was the place where the Philistines chose to return the Ark of the Covenant to the Israelites via oxen driven cart after it was causing them some significant problems (2 Samuel 6)

We also stopped at the riverbed where the Israelites fought the Philistines and David used small stones and a slingshot to defeat Goliath. 

Tomorrow is our last day in Israel, and then we fly home.

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