10 Holy Land Digs
Stand for Israel | January 15, 2021
Israel is rich in history – biblical history. Even today, archaeologists unearth new sites straight from the pages of Scripture. Stand for Israel would love to take you along to learn about some of these sacred spots… places we’ll call Holy Land Digs.
In the Book of Revelation, Har Megiddo (Hebrew for “Mount Megiddo”) is known as Armageddon. But this site has a long biblical history, including as King Solomon’s “chariot city.”
2. Mt. Nebo
This site, across the border from Israel in Jordan, is where God told Moses to spend his last days, where he could see the Promised Land.
Not only did Joshua fight (and win) a biblical battle here against the Amorites, this holy ground is also where David battled (and defeated) Goliath
Speaking of Goliath, this site might seem small, but archaeology experts believe Tel Tzafit (“Tel” means “mound”) to be the biblical behemoth’s hometown, the Philistine city of Gath.
Part of Beit Guvrin National Park in Israel, this part of the Tribe of Judah’s biblical inheritance also acted as an Israelite fortification and the hometown of the prophet Micah.
This biblical city, occupied of course by the Tribe of Dan, can be found many times in the pages of Scripture.
This Dead Sea palace belonging to King Herod is where the beheading of John the Baptist took place.
And while we’re on the topic of Herod, Herod the Great built this site south of Jerusalem as a palace, a fortress, a town, and his own tomb.
The Sea of Galilee hometown of Matthew, this city also found Jesus teaching in its synagogue (an ancient synagogue in Capernaum seen above).
This town on the Galilee shores has long held the interest of experts in biblical archaeology and history, especially its own ancient synagogue. Mary Magdalene also hailed from here.