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Timnah – Tel Batash

Timnah was a biblical town in the Shfelah. In its vicinity Judah Impregnated his daughter in law Tamar, and later commanded she will be burnt.. (Genesis 38).

Samson desired a Philistine woman in Timnah, and later was offer her sister too.. (Judges 14).

Timnah is identified at “Tel el-Batashi / Tel Batash” along Sorek stream.  It was excavated in 1977-1989 by A. Mazar and G. Kelm. The main finds are a Canaanite city from the Middle Bronze Age, refortified again in the 8th-7th century BCE, most likely against the Assyrian and the Babylonians. 


Book a Private Tour to Timnah / Tel Batash

Tel Batash is located in the central Shefelah, along the Sorek valley, and can only be reached by an 4×4 vehicle.

Contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of Shefelah, that will also include a visit to Tel Batash / Biblical Timnah.



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