Megiddo

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Megiddo is a hill in the Valley of Jezreel that holds the layered ruins of ancient cities dating as far back as 7,000 BCE. The location at the mouth of the Nahal Iron Pass permitted control of access to the road linking Egypt with Mesopotamia, and made Megiddo militarily and economically strategic. The city appears numerous times in the Christian Old Testament in Joshua, Judges, 1/2 Kings, 1/2 Chronicles and Zechariah. Other historic references to the city are included in Assyrian inscriptions and the victory stela of Pharaoh Thutmose III. A large gate is attributed to King Solomon and remains of stables there are attributed to King Ahab.

Unfortunately, because of its age and state of ruin, accepting the history of the site requires a leap of faith in archeology. Lacking the majesty (reconstructed or otherwise) of later Roman ruins, imagination is needed to visualize what stood on what looks to the untrained eye like piles of vaguely organized rock.

The highlight of the site is an ancient water tunnel that was used to carry water from a spring outside the city walls. However, a couple of folks on the tour (including my mom) were in no shape to descend the shaft, so I was tasked with escorting them back to the bus while the rest of the group explored the tunnel.

For apocalyptically minded Christians, Megiddo is mentioned as Armageddon (possibly from the Hebrew har megiddo or mountain of Megiddo) in Revelations 16:16 where the Messiah returns to defeat the Antichrist. Given the violent history and former importance of the city, it is understandable why the author of Revelations would see this as an excellent setting for the last great battle. However, it's current state and comparative unimportance may indicate that setting as more metaphorical than literal - at least for now. On the other hand, its proximity to the fearsome Israel security wall and hostile Arab population does give one pause.

Megiddo - Megiddo entrance
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Megiddo entrance
Megiddo - Entrance sign
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Entrance sign
Megiddo - Entrance prices
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Entrance prices
Megiddo - Site model
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Site model
Megiddo - Evolution of site
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Evolution of site
Megiddo - Lunch
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Lunch
Megiddo - Lunch
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Lunch
Megiddo - Lunch
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Lunch
Megiddo - Purple tree
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Purple tree
Megiddo - Visitor center
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Visitor center
Megiddo - Pomegranite flowers
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Pomegranite flowers
Megiddo - Waiting
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Waiting
Megiddo - Location map
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Location map
Megiddo - Location map
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Location map
Megiddo - Megiddo
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Megiddo - Headed up the hill
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Headed up the hill
Megiddo - Armageddon
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Armageddon
Megiddo - The path up
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The path up
Megiddo - Dying pines
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Dying pines
Megiddo - The path up
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The path up
Megiddo - The path up
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The path up
Megiddo - Megiddo
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Megiddo - Restoration level marker
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Restoration level marker
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Megiddo - City gate diagram
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City gate diagram
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Megiddo - Northern Stables
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Northern Stables
Megiddo - Northern Stables
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Northern Stables
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Megiddo - Grain silo
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Grain silo
Megiddo - Grain silo
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Grain silo
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Megiddo - Security fence
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Security fence
Megiddo - Checkpoint
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Checkpoint

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18, KJV)