Benjamin Plateau, Then and Now

One of the most important pieces of land in biblical history is the Central Benjamin Plateau, with the cities of Gibeah, Ramah, Gibeon, and Mizpah.

Excavations at Mizpah, mouth of old cistern, mat05515

Both of these photos were taken at Mizpah (Tell en-Nasbeh) with a view to the south.  The photo above was taken in 1926, before the area was densely settled. A tower is visible on the Mount of Olives in the distance.

Mizpah view to south with Jerusalem airport, tbs98319800
This photo was taken from the summit of Mizpah and the tell occupies most of the foreground.  The Jerusalem airport runway dominates the right side of the picture.  A tower on the Mount of Olives is visible on the horizon (center).

The top photo is from the Northern Palestine volume of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection (Library of Congress, LC-matpc-05515). The bottom photo is from the Samaria volume of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.


One thought on “Benjamin Plateau, Then and Now

  1. It would be so interesting to see the old photos of israel and jerusalem, temple mount, etc. taken today from the same exzat angle!

    why doesnt anyone think of it?

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