Jezreel Valley

Also known as Campus Legionis, Esdraelon, Esdraelon Valley, Plain of Megiddo, Plains of Megiddo, Great Plain, Great Plain of Esdraelon, Great Plain of Megiddo, Merj ibn-'Amir, Plain of Megiddo, “The Valley,” Valley of Megiddon

Jezreel Valley from Mount Carmel

The spacious Jezreel Valley spreads out to the north and east from Mount Carmel, providing convenient passage for international travelers in ancient times.  The fertile alluvial soil makes this the country's breadbasket as well.  The Bible speaks of the gathering of armies in this valley at the place of Armageddon.  

 

Mount Tabor

From the Nazareth ridge, Mt. Tabor looms large to the east.  While some tradition ascribes the transfiguration of Jesus to this place, it more likely occurred in the area around Caesarea Philippi.  Deborah and Barak camped on Mt. Tabor with the Israelite army before attacking and defeating Sisera's Canaanite force.

Mount Tabor from Nazareth ridge

 

Mount Gilboa from west

Mount Gilboa

Mount Gilboa is on the southeastern side of the Jezreel Valley.  King Saul felt forced to commit suicide on these slopes when facing certain defeat by the Philistines.  In light of Saul and Jonathan's deaths, David cursed the mountain: "O mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, nor fields that yield offerings" (2 Sam 1:21). 

 

Ein Harod

At the foot of Mount Gilboa is Ein (the spring of) Harod.  Judges 7 describes Gideon's actions in thinning his army out.  He brought the men to the spring and sorted them on the basis of how they drank from the water.  Today the swimming pool sits just in front of the cave where the spring emerges.

Ein Harod and Mount Gilboa aerial

 

Harod Valley view east from Jezreel

Harod Valley

This fantastic view is filled with biblical history.  From this location on Tel Jezreel looking east, one can almost picture the anointed (but not yet crowned) Jehu "driving like a madman," on his way to killing the kings of Israel and Judah.  900 years later, Jesus healed the 10 lepers, probably somewhere in this valley.

Related Websites

Jezreel Valley

Jezreel (Walking in Their Sandals)  Gives easy-to-read information on the location and setting, historical and biblical significance, etc.  Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references. 

Jezreel Valley (Christian Travel Study Programs)  Summarizes the history, location, and biblical events associated with the site. 

Jezreel (Christian Travel Study Program)  Features text highlighting the biblical importance of the city of Jezreel, accompanied by one picture of the tel. 

The Jezreel Valley (Gems in Israel)  Interesting and informative, this article harmonizes the biblical and modern history of the site, as well as provides insight into the many rich resources of the region.  Copy of this page at Jewish Virtual Library.

Jezreel Valley (BibleWalks.com)  Offers the reader a thorough description of the valley and surrounding geographical features.  Pictures and links enhance the text.

Valley of Jezreel (WebBible Encyclopedia, ChristianAnswers.net)  Briefly describes the geographical situation of the valley, in addition to basic biblical facts about the site.

Jezreel (Daily Bible Study)  Provides a summary of the biblical events associated with Jezreel along with links to other related bible studies.

The Valley of Jezreel-The Plain of Esdraelon (Christian Resource Institute)  Highlights the agricultural, commercial, and strategic benefits of the land.

The Jezreel Valley (Jesus Christ Saves Ministries)  A very thorough look at the biblical discussion of the Jezreel Valley.  Highlights the strengths of the region and the roles they play in the biblical narrative. 

Birding hotspots of Israel: Bet Shean Valley, Jezreel Valley... (Kibbutz Lotan Centre for Birdwatching)  Bird-lovers will enjoy this unique perspective on the valley.

Mount Gilboa

Mount Gilboa (Walking in Their Sandals)  Gives easy-to-read information on the location and setting, historical and biblical significance, etc.  Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references. 

Mount Gilboa (Daily Bible Study)  General information about the area with links to related  biblical characters and locations.

Mount Gilboa (Jewish Virtual Libary)  Provides an interesting and informative glimpse into the biblical events which unfolded on and around this mountain.

Behar HaGilboa (Hebrew Songs)  Provides transliterated Hebrew lyrics along with an English translation of this song written about the mountain.

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor (Walking in Their Sandals)  Gives easy-to-read information on the location and setting, historical and biblical significance, etc.  Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references. 

Mt Tabor (Christian Travel Study Program)  Spotlights the distinct profile of Mount Tabor, as well as its historical position of strength, beauty and abundance. 

Mt. Tabor (Gems in Israel)  A personal and picturesque description of the opportunities available both approaching and atop Mount Tabor.

Mount Tabor (Christian Resource Institute)  Gives a brief history of the region.

Mount Moreh, Shunem, and Nain

Moreh Nain (Christian Travel Study Program)  Reminds of the raising of two children in this region - one by Elisha and the other by Jesus.  Copy of this page at Israel My Beloved.

Nain (Walking in Their Sandals)  Gives easy-to-read information on the location and setting, historical and biblical significance, etc.  Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references. 

The Widow's Son At Nain (Daily Bible Study)  Gives the geographical background for the miracle of the resurrection of the boy in this small village.

Shunem (Walking in Their Sandals)  Gives easy-to-read information on the location, biblical significance, etc.  Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references.

Shunem (WebBible Encyclopedia, ChristianAnswers.Net)  Briefly describes the origin of the word, in addition to the basic biblical facts about the site.