By:  David Hall


fig tree
Tell Dan
Caesarea Philippi
Old Jerusalem
palm market
Tell Beersheva
Timnah Park


Tel Beersheva (Beersheba) March 1999

These reconstructed walls were laid upon foundations from the time of Hezekiah, king of Judah. Archaeologists restored the city of his day.  Earlier remains were found near the city gate to indicate habitation during the 10th century BC.  The ruins called Tell Beersheva covered about three acres.  The location is a few miles outside of Beersheba (Beersheva in Hebrew) along the nahal (dry gulch) that flowed toward the city after heavy rains during some winters.  There is a bridge over the nahal (dry gulch) and an irrigated grain field in the background.

Tel Beersheva - Sept. 2003

A replica of a Judean horned sacrificial altar dug up at the site.  The ancient Israelis offered burnt offerings for they thought the deity liked the smell of roasted flesh.  There is evidence the ancient Mesopotamians offered burnt offerings.  The Western Semitic tribes north of Israel (Ugarit) offered animal sacrifices, including burnt offerings.  People on Greek islands offered sacrifices on horned altars during the Bronze Age.  The Egyptians offered foods presented to the deity(ies) and incense offerings in their religion(s).  The Hittites offered food offerings to their many deities.