(II Samuel 13:23, 27)

“And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king’s sons…

Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Strike Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.”

Baal-hazor is a mountain on the northern border of the Samarian Hills, 10 km. northeast of Ramallah. It rises to a height of 1,016 meters above sea level. Called Tell `Asur in Arabic.

On its summit is a group of ancient trees – preserved because it is considered holy by local inhabitants. There are remains of ancient houses and …….

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