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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”) suggests a local Canaanite worship center for a Sun God “Shemesh”.

The Site was excavated by three different expeditions, The third, of Tel-Aviv University, is active at the site to this day. In 2018 a large scale salvage excavation project was launched east of the Biblical mound, uncovering a surprising wealth of remains from Judaic times and the Byzantine period.




Beit Shemesh

Beit Shemesh ( Hebrew: בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ, Latin: Bethsames, Beth Shamesh, Bethshamesh or Bet shemesh and most often Beth-Shemesh in English translations of the Hebrew Bible) is a city located approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Jerusalem in Israel’s Jerusalem District, with a population of 118,676 in 2018.


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Points of Interest in the Area

azeqah tour Azekah
 bar kokhba caves Bar Kokhba caves 
 midras mosaic detail. (c) Peter Stephansky Khirbet Midras
lachish tour Day Tour to the Shfelah

Book a Private Tour to Tell Beth-Shemesh

Biblical Beth-Shemesh is in the Shfelah and takes about 2 hours to explore.

 Contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of the Shefelah, that will also include Tell Beth-Shemesh.