Beit She'an is a city in the Northern District of Israel, which has played an important role in history due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley. In the Biblical account of the battle of the Israelites against the Philistines on Mount Gilboa, the bodies of King Saul and three of his sons were hung on the walls of Beit She'an (1 Samuel 31:10-12). In Roman times, Beit She'an was the leading city of the Decapolis, a league of pagan cities. In modern times, Beit She'an serves as a regional center for the settlements in the Beit She'an Valley. www.Maranathatours.com
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10 They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.
11 When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their valiant men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them.
1 Samuel 31:10-12
Beit She'an's location has always been strategically significant, due to its position at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley, essentially controlling access from Jordan and the inland to the coast, as well as from Jerusalem and Jericho to the Galilee.
Beit She'an is situated on Highway 90, the north–south road which runs the length of Israel. The city stretches over an area of 7 square kilometers with a substantial national park in the north of the city.
In 63 BCE, Pompey made Judea a part of the Roman empire. Beit She'an was refounded and rebuilt by Gabinius.The town center shifted from the summit of the mound, or tell, to its slopes. Scythopolis prospered and became the leading city of the Decapolis, the only one west of the Jordan River.
The city flourished under the "Pax Romana", as evidenced by high-level urban planning and extensive construction, including the best preserved Roman theatre of ancient Samaria, as well as a hippodrome, a cardo and other trademarks of the Roman influence.
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LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
Travel will resume. When you travel your health is important. Although the guides, hotel staff and airline staff will most likely all know English, it is always a good idea to know some basic phrases in case of an emergency. Here are some phrases to know that may be helpful.
I am allergic to…
- Hebrew - Ani allergit le
- Arabic - 'ana 'ueani min hisasiat
- Greek - Eímai allergikós se
- Italian - Io sono allergico a
It hurts here (point to body part)
- Hebrew - Koev li kan
- Arabic - 'iinaha tulamuni huna
- Greek - Ponáei edó
- Italian - Mi fa male qui
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