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Mt. Carmel and the Jezreel Valley

In the Bible:
Joshua 19:26
, South border of Asher;
Song of Solomon 7:5
, bride’s head compared to Carmel’s summit;
1 Kings 18:19-39
, Elijah verse Baal Prophets;
Isaiah 35:2, Carmel represents beauty, fruitfulness, majesty, glory;
Isaiah 33:9; Amos 1:2; 9:3;
Nahum 1:4
, a withered Carmel is a sign of God’s wrath on the land;
Jeremiah 46:18, Nebuchadnezzar’s glory compared to Carmel.

Mount Carmel Map


This is a 13 mile long mountain range where the air from the sea rises quickly over the mountain to condense into moisture all year long, thus making this mountain range green with vegetation. This was often the site of altars for a variety of religions including Baal. It was the south border of Asher.

In the past this Mountain directed the flow of caravans and armies by directing them into the through the Jezreel Valley. Mt. Carmel sets on the International Highway called Via Maris. There are three passes for armies and travelers to pass:
1) Jokneam Pass - sets to the north and is the most difficult and most out of the way. It is the least used.
2) Megiddo Pass – it is central, most direct, the shortest of the tree options and most desirable to travel by.
3) Dothan-Taanach Pass – sets south of Megiddo, the travelers, caravans and armies came out of the mountain to the southeast end of the Jezreel Valley. This position then easily led them to use the Beth Shean valley up the Jordan Rift and onto Damascus.


Galyn stands on Mt. Carmel near the location of Elijah's altar. The Valley

Ahab would have rode his chariot to the city of Jezreel which is 20 miles off the right side of this picture going east.

1 Kings 18:46, "The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel."

Galyn Wiemers with Armageddon in the back ground and the Israeli Air Force over his right shoulder.
Elijah's Altar would have been in the general area of these trees. The city of Jezreel is 20 miles to the east or about one third of the way from the left side of the photo in the hills. Mt. Carmel
  Jezreel Passes
  Passes through Mountains of Carmel
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