Tonight as I was thinking about what to post I remembered an article that my Grandmas has saved in one of her scrapbooks. I had mentioned in my post Biblical Parts to Get Study that she had saved articles about Archaeology.
The article was written in 1957 after the 1956 season of excavation at el-Jib. The leader of the expedition was Dr. James B. Pritchard. They were able to positively identify the city as Gibeon based on storage jar handle inscriptions.
Much of the battle where the ‘Sun Stood Still’ would have taken place to the south as the five Amorite kings fled from Gibeon, but the Sun stood still above Gibeon.
The Pool of Gibeon is more than 80 feet deep, 37 feet in diameter and has circular stairs that descend to the 35 feet level. At the time of the article it was not fully excavated as they did not have time to finish before the end of the expedition.
Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. And they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool. And Abner said to Joab, “Let the young men arise and compete before us.” And Joab said, “Let them arise.” Then they arose and passed over by number, twelve for Benjamin and Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David. And each caught his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent’s side, so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is at Gibeon. And the battle was very fierce that day. And Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.
II Samuel 2:12-17 ESV
The text says that he made sacrifices at the high places and I wonder if he might have been at Nebi Samwil which overlooks the city of Gibeon.
I wish that I could tell my Grandma about my upcoming trip as I am sure that she would be very excited about it. My grandma is definitely one of the sources of my interest in history and continues to inspire me as I continue research on our family that she started years ago.