In The Valley Of Elah ^NEW^
In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 American crime drama film written and directed by Paul Haggis. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. Its title refers to the Biblical valley where the battle between David and Goliath took place.
In the Valley of Elah
The valley is named after the large and shady terebinth trees (Pistacia atlantica) which are indigenous to it. On the west side of the valley, near Socho, there is a very large and ancient tree of this kind, 55 feet (17 m) in height with a trunk 17 feet (5.2 m) in circumference and a canopy at least 75 feet (23 m) in diameter. This tree is notable for being one of the largest terebinths in the area, and marks the upper end of the valley.
Since the early 1970s, the valley has also contained a large satellite relay station, with an antenna farm containing some 120 satellite dishes of various sizes. From 2010 to 2014, the region around the valley was believed to be threatened by shale oil extraction through the CCR ground-heating process, with the Green Zionist Alliance and the grassroots group Save Adullam, among others, working to stop exploitation of the region. The plan was ultimately blocked in 2014 by a zoning committee decision. In July 2019, the Elah Valley came under the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, owing largely to its historical importance and the desire to curtail the encroaching city limits of Beit Shemesh to its north.
At first glance, the valley seems like nothing remarkable. Just a road winding its way up into the Hill Country of Judea. A large satellite dish sits on one hill. A dry stream bed divides patches of tall weeds. Greenhouses clump together next to wheat fields.
Five valleys cut in an east-west direction through the Shephelah and offered convenient passages from the Philistine Plain to the Hill Country of Judea. So convenient, in fact, they had to be guarded vigilantly.
Having lost control of the Hill Country farther north, the Philistines tried to come up the Valley of Elah to gain access once again (1 Samuel 14; 17). The valley offered a backdoor entrance to the Hill Country via Bethlehem. They had to be stopped.
The valley of Elah was used by the Philistines to attack Judah even after the failed battle of Goliath. After David became King, they attacked through the same route to capture Bethlehem (implied in 1 Chronicles 14 8-17).
Along the north side of the valley are high cliffs, about 30m above the floor of the valley. This may have been an old quarry site. These north hills were probably the place where the Israelites watched the battle, facing the Philistines who encamped on the south side of the valley.
From the top of the hill are great views of the area, including a view of the western section of Elah valley, as seen in the next picture on the far right. The stream of Elah actually bends around the hill and flows north (left), following the path of the road.
The best view of the valley is from the commanding hilltop of Azekah. This strategic city was wisely fortified by Rehoboam, and it was one of the last cities to fall to the Babylonians in the invasion of Judah in 586 BC. The valley below is the location of the battle of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.
The valley received its name from the Elah tree, a type of oak or terebinth tree. This large and old Elah tree still remains in the valley, reminding visitors of the day when trees proliferated in the Shephelah (cf. 1 Kgs 10:27).
At the top of this view you see Tel Azeka across the valley, a wall in the middle view, and the Iron Age structures below. The main wall here was built later on top of the ancient city walls, probably as a sheep pen of some kind. Note the plastered walls in the room below.
In one of the most poignant scenes in the film, Hank has dinner with Sanders and her son. The boy asks the stranger to read to him, and Hank decides instead to tell him the biblical story of David who fought the Philistine giant Goliath in the valley of Elah. To take on this dangerous mission, the young boy had to first fight his own fear and then stand his ground as the giant came closer to him. With one stone from his slingshot, David won the battle and carried the day. But the war in Iraq, Hank slowly realizes, is not like that. Courage in facing the enemy is not enough. Other dangers and moral challenges intrude upon the battlefield. It becomes apparent that Mike and his comrades have not been able to erase from their minds or hearts the terrible things they did in Iraq and have carried some of the violence home. Hank's journey to New Mexico rocks his soul and shatters his heroic understanding of the military in wartime.
The valley of Elah is a small valley, located in the Judean plains. Its Hebrew name, Elah, is named after the Terebinth tree. This valley was an important corridor from the coastal towns to the Judean mountains and the towns of Bethlehem and Hebron. The Elah valley was also the place of the famous Biblical battle between David and Goliath. (Further Reading)
House combined with a yoga studio. Mixed program of life and work. The house is designed on the natural topography of the lot and dominates the landscape valley of Elah. The building is one story in relation to street level and allows entering to the roof as an extension of the studio and place to meet with open space and sky. The floor entrance level has been split in order to separate the private and public sectors. Architect: Yoma architects. Year: 2014
The Bible tells us how the Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet tall and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was Goliath. Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified of Goliath.
On a hilltop overlooking the Elah Valley, the setting of the famous battle in the Bible between David and Goliath, lie the ruins of a mysterious ancient city. This city, dating to around the time of King David, is known today as Khirbet Qeiyafa. The site is rich with challenging puzzles that continue to be debated. Perhaps the most riveting question remains: "Have we found a fortress of King David in the valley of Elah?" 041b061a72