Monday, February 26, 2007

Kishon River, Then


The Kishon River ("winding") [was] the scene of two of the grandest achievements of Israelite history--first, the defeat of the Canaanite general Sisera by Deborah and Barak (Judges 4; and, later, the destruction of the prophets of Baal by Elijah (1 Kings 18:40).

Some 25 miles long, the still extant Kishon River is formed by small streams and wadis (seasonal watercourses, dry most of the year) on Mount Gilboa to the south and west and the Nazareth hills to the north. The Kishon's headwaters unite in the Jezreel Valley and flow diagonally (from southeast to northwest), emptying into Haifa Bay just north of Mount Carmel. Seasonal rains can swell it to a width of 65 feet, thus the referrence in Judges 5:21: "the river Kishon swept them away."


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