Archive for May 22nd, 2007

New Words!

Criteria: Plural for (Criterion): A standard, rule, or test on which a judgment or decision can be based. See Synonyms at standard.

The Stela of Balua

I am sorry, but I should have done this before. Here is the photo of my village -Smakieh- and the surrounding area.

In this relatively tiny area of my country, you can find ruins and landmarks that go back thousands of centuries ago. For example:

1. The Arnon Valley: the biblical valley that was mentioned in The Old Testament, where the Jews -when coming from Egypt to the promise land- passed around. It was mentioned in the old Testament 23 times. For example:

Numbers 22:36
When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory.
Deuteronomy 2:24
[ Defeat of Sihon King of Heshbon ] “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle.

2. A Roman Watch Tower. I do not have any information about this tower, except that it is likely was used to watch for attacks coming from the desert. since from its the top of the remaining of its walls you can have a very wide look on the areas around, and what it most important, you can simply see the Main city at that time -Rabbah.

3. Balau: To be very precise about this castle, I will quote what the http://www.bibleplaces.com site says about this place.

“Located about 6 miles (10 km) south of the Arnon Valley, Balu is the largest Iron Age site in the area. Part of the kingdom of Moab in the Iron II period, this site was inhabited from the Early Bronze period to the Mamluk period. Interest in the site peaked after the discovery of the Stela of Balu in 1930. It is possible that the biblical “City of Moab” (“Ar of Moab”) was located here (Num 21:28; Isa 15:1).”