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?