The recent extraordinary rainfall event over the last few days, with its blessings (much needed water) and its curses (several people lost their lives…), had its effect on the vicinity of Tell es-Safi/Gath as well.
Oren Ackermann, the Safi project geomorphologist, just sent me some photos and clips of the water flowing right now (Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020) in the Elah River at the base of the tell, just to the north of the lower city. For those of you who know the site only during the summer, when the river bed is bone dry, here is a very different view of what the site looks like!
Check out these great photos and clips! (Thank you Oren!!)
As the height of these waters is so unusual, and almost “biblical,” let me “harp a little”, and here are a couple of things that come to mind… (and you’ll excuse my dramatization…)
Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters (Ex 15:10)
The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul, be strong! (Judg 5:21)