Gideon Takes out the Altar of Baal

Irak Burim where they think the altar of Baal  was torn down by Gideon.

Irak Burim where they think the altar of Baal was torn down by Gideon.

On Thursday evening, we went back to the hills of Gerazim and listened to a Hebrew speaking archaeologist (later interpreted by an English-speaking guide) explain to a small group that the hill on which we were standing was where Gideon, from the tribe of Manasseh lived.  A little while into the lecture, an IDF soldier from a base nearby came over and told him we were not allowed to be there.  They had gotten permission from a higher authority, but apparently, the soldiers who were there hadn’t been informed.  So we all got in our cars and traveled up another road on the same hill.  From there we could see across the valley to another hill called Irak Burin, which they  believe Gideon and 10 men went during the night to take down the altar of Baal.  (Read the story in Judges 6)  So amazing to be standing on the same places we read about in the Bible.  In fact, Mt. Gerazim was in today’s Torah portion!!!

Irak Burin, the hill where they believe Gideon and 10 men took down the altar of Baal during the night.

Irak Burin, the hill where they believe Gideon and 10 men took down the altar of Baal during the night.

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One of the hills of Gerazim where Gideon and the tribe of Manasseh lived.

Irak Burin, not a great picture, but a little more detail.

Irak Burin, not a great picture, but a little more detail.

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