Lachish in the Bible

To remember a.o.

  • Nebi Samwil, just to the north-west of Jerusalem = traditional location of the tomb of Samuel +may also be the location of Mizpah.
  • From Nebi Samwil >look out over the Benjamin plateau +on a very clear day > see all the way to the sea.
  • At the time of Joshua > city of Gibeon = quite large >large wall around the crown of the hill + also a secure water supply => been well defended.
  • king of Jerusalem banded together with the kings of Lachish, Hebron, Jarmuth and Eglon to attack Gibeon.
  • Joshua defeated the combined armies and then captured each of the cities.
  • Lachish is not mentioned too many times in the Old Testament, but can be found in 2 Chronicles 11, 2 Kings 14, 2 Kings 18, Jeremiah 34 and in Nehemiah as one of the cities that people returned to after the exile in Babylon, plus did play a big role in history.

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Preceding

Good reason to visit certain places in Israel

Thinking of Lachish

Digging in a Temple

The Lachish Latrine

Braman's Wanderings

When I talk to people and let them know that I am going on an archaeological dig, one of the first things they want to know is where will I be digging.

When I give Lachish as the answer I usually get confused looks. Even a colleague who grew up in Israel was not really sure where it was.

So, tonight I will share where Lachish is found in the Bible.

Gibeonite Deception - Gibeon Israel - Joshua - Nebi Samwil - Conquest of IsraelLachish is first mentioned in Joshua 10. The picture above shows Tel-Gibeon. I took the picture from Nebi Samwil. You can read more about the Nebi Samwil and Gibeon in my post Unfolding History.

Most of us can easily recall the account of The Gibeonite Deception, but if you don’t remember the details click on the link.

The king of Jerusalem banded together with the kings of Lachish, Hebron, Jarmuth and Eglon to attack Gibeon. Joshua defeated…

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