Michmash, Site of Battle Israel vs Philistines

In the days of King Saul there was war between Israel and the Philistines. Whereas the Philistines’ territory was on the SW coast of Israel, at the time referenced in 1 Samuel 13-14 they were well advanced into Israel’s central territory and beyond. “Now a Philistine garrison took control of the pass at Michmash” (1 Sam. 13:23).

Philistines at Michmash. Map BibleAtlas.org.

Philistines at Michmash. Map BibleAtlas.org.

You have a great view of the territory from this high vantage point.

At Michmash. Leon Mauldin, left, Randy Parrish, center, Elie Ben Meir at right. Photo by Jenny Reed.

At Michmash. Leon Mauldin, left, Randy Parrish, center, Elie Ben Meir at right. Photo by Jenny Reed.

Saul’s son Jonathan and his armor-bearer took the initiative as they scaled up the steep bank and engaged the Philistines. They killed 20 men within a half-acre. Then the Philistines fled, pursued by Saul’s army.

This photo shows the area where the battle began. The modern town of Michmash may be seen the background.

Michmash, area of battle between Israel and Philistia. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Michmash, area of battle between Israel and Philistia. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

See my previous post on Michmash here.

Dr. Carl Rasmussen has a very helpful post on these events at Michmash here.

Click images for larger view.

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