Ella Valley

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Along Route 38 we stopped in the Ella Valley, a location reputed to be where the shepherd David battled the Philistine Goliath (1 Samuel 17). There is no marker in the dry stream bed, but it's the only creek in the valley. A road from Bethlehem would have extended here from Bethlehem through the mountains of Judah. The southern ridge extends to the west - perhaps the Tel Sokoh mentioned in the scriptures. Are the current Palestinians the descendants (spiritual or literal) of the biblical Philistines? Probably doesn't much resemble the way the land looked in the 10th century BC, but who knows?

Ella Valley - Ella Valley
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Ella Valley
Ella Valley - Ella Valley
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Ella Valley
Ella Valley - Tourists
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Tourists
Ella Valley - Tourists
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Tourists
Ella Valley - Tourists
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Tourists
Ella Valley - Dry creek bed
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Dry creek bed
Ella Valley - Ella Valley
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Ella Valley
Ella Valley - 70's Bus Stop
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70's Bus Stop
Ella Valley - Security wall
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Security wall
Ella Valley - Security wall
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Security wall
Ella Valley - Security wall
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Security wall
Ella Valley - Security wall
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Security wall
Ella Valley - Checkpoint
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Checkpoint
Ella Valley - Terraced hillside
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Terraced hillside
Ella Valley - People on donkeys near city wall
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People on donkeys near city wall
Ella Valley - Security wall
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Security wall
Ella Valley - Security wall
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Security wall
Ella Valley - Arab village
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Arab village
Ella Valley - Mosque
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Mosque
Ella Valley - Arab village
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Arab village
Ella Valley - Guard tower
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Guard tower
Ella Valley - Chicken house
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Chicken house
Ella Valley - Dying trees
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Dying trees
Ella Valley - Satellite station
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Satellite station

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