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Beth Shemesh

Ancient Beth Shemesh was a Canaanite and Israelite town about 30 km west of Jerusalem.

Its Hebrew name (“House of Sun”) probably suggests a local Canaanite worship center for a Sun God “Shemesh”.

The Biblical city terminated by the Babylonian in 586 BCE.

The Site was excavated by three different expeditions, The third, of Tel-Aviv University, is active at the site to this day.

Near the site is a modern city by the same name.


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wikipe Beth Shemesh on Wikipedia
tripadvisor Tel Beth Shemesh on Tripadvisor
google-maps Tel Beth Shemesh on Google Maps
Chrome-Icon Beth Shemesh TAU Archaeological Expedition Website


Points of Interest in the Area

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 bar kokhba caves Bar Kokhba caves 
 midras mosaic detail. (c) Peter Stephansky Khirbet Midras