Category Archives: Jezreel Valley

A Monastery with a View

When we stood on the balcony of the monastery of Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, the overlook offered a stunning panorama of the surroundings that stretched out before us.

Muhraqa Monastery
The foreground of the photo shows the traditional location where Elijah had his fiery showdown with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).

At nearly 1640 feet above sea level, Mount Carmel offers a pristine view of its surroundings—especially of the Jezreel Valley. Arrows painted on the balcony floor point to notable hills in the distance:

  • Mount Tabor
  • Nazareth Ridge
  • the Hill of Moreh
  • Mount Gilboa

They all protrude from the valley floor like soldiers, strong and tall.

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
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