Jezreel Valley and Megiddo

The scenic and spacious Jezreel Valley is located just north of ancient Samaria. This fertile plain served (and still serves) as the breadbasket of Israel–and the site of numerous bloody battles throughout Bible times. From Gideon to Deborah to Saul to Josiah, various commanders have recognized the importance of maintaining control over this prolific farmland, […]


The wealth and power achieved by King Solomon, due in part to his control over very important trade routes connecting the Ancient Near East, earned him a reputation far and wide–so far that the queen of Sheba in southern Arabia traveled over a thousand miles to visit him in Jerusalem. The people of Sheba traded […]


One of the most well-known stories of the Bible is David’s defeat of Goliath, a Philistine giant from the town of Gath. The Philistines may have originated from the island of Crete and settled along the eastern Mediterranean coast around the time of the Judges. As the Philistines pushed further into the interior of Canaan, […]