Jordan: Ahab’s Last Battle

On Gilead’s frontier with Syria, which is ominously flat, is a key outpost of Biblical Israel: it’s called Ramoth-Gilead. Here wicked king Ahab fought the Syrians, was wounded, and propped himself up in his chariot until he died at sunset. Here his son Joram was wounded, and returned to Jezreel to recuperate. Here Jehu was stationed when he was anointed king by Elisha’s protege.

Next stop: Gerasa, a little bit of Rome in the backwoods of Gilead.

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