Cave at Tel Azekah
was a biblical
in the Shephelah
guarding the upper
reaches of the Valley of Elah
been identified with Khirbet Qeiyafa, about 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Hebron.
In the Bible
, it is said to be the place where
kings were defeated by Joshua
, and their army destroyed by a hailstorm.
(Joshua 10:10, 11) It was given to the tribe of Judah
. (Joshua 15:20,35) In the time of
, the Philistines
massed their forces between Sokho
and Azekah, putting forth Goliath
as their champion. (1. Sa chapter 17)
Rehoboam fortified the town in his reign,
along with Lachish and other
(2. Chr 11:5-10) Lachish and Azekah were the last
two towns to fall for the Babylonians
before the overthrow of Jerusalem itself.
(Jer. 34:6,7) It was one of the
places re-occupied by the people on the return from the Captivity.
Excavations at Tel Azeka have revealed water systems, hideout caves
and other antiquities. The site is located on the grounds of a
Jewish National Fund
- Archaeological mounds