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Monday, July 16, 2012

Ancient Gilgal Camp Discovered in Israel
Gilgal Education Center to open for tourism in the Jordan Valley

By Michael Ireland
Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

DALLAS, TEXAS (ANS) -- In ancient Israel, there were actually many Gilgals, not just one. The basic meaning of the word gilgal is “sacred circle of stones,” more specifically two circles converging together into one.

The newly-discovered site
at Gilgal in Israel.

Evidence now indicates that the two circles together looked very much like a sandal to symbolize the fulfillment of the promise that “every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours?” (Deut 11:24).

In April 2009, The University of Haifa in Israel issued a press release of Archaeologist Adam Zertal's work in which he discovered five huge stone-lined camps in the Jordan Valley, each in the shape of an enormous foot.

In the article, Zertal says that the foot held great significance as a symbol of the ownership of territory, control over an enemy, connection between people, and even the presence of Deity.

Now, according to the Moreshet (Heritage) Foundation Israel (MHF Israel), Gilgal, the ancient camp where the Bible says Joshua and the children of Israel first settled after entering the Promised Land, has been uncovered.

Gilgal Education Center logo.

The Gilgal Education Center in Israel's Jordan Valley will soon open for tourists to witness the many evidences in connection with this archaeological find, according to a media release obtained by ANS.

Moshav Argaman has contracted with the MHF Israel to develop the site for mass public access, the release stated.

It adds that tax deductible contributions to help with the project can be made in the United States to the Gilgal Fund of the Father's House Educational Foundation (www.fathershousefoundation.com ),  a registered 501c3 non-profit organization based in Glen Rose, Texas.

“Throughout biblical history, this site is associated with an array of events, all marked by the theme of renewal – Jacob reconciling with Esau, the Israelites renewing covenant with God, Samuel renewing Saul’s kingship, the people reaffirming David as their king, and more,” says Dr. John Turner, Executive Director of Father’s House.

“It is amazing that we can stand in this ancient sandal-shaped camp and envision those scenes,” he said.

Though there were many gilgal camps, one in particular held special significance in Israel’s history as summarized below.

This is the ancient camp site where:

** Jacob (Israel) crossed to reunite with Esau (Genesis 33)

** God's 500-year-old promise to Abraham began its literal fulfillment as the children of Israel crossed the Jordan and placed their first official “foot print” in the Promised Land (Gen.12,13,15)

** Joshua and the children of Israel set up camp after crossing the Jordan; where that generation of wilderness wanderers were circumcised; and, where they celebrated Passover, eating their first unleavened bread in the Promised Land (Joshua 4,5)

** Samuel affirmed and renewed Saul's kingship (1 Samuel 10-11)

** David was reaffirmed as King (2 Samuel 19)

** Elijah and Elisha walked before Elijah was taken up in the chariot of fire (2 Kings 2)

The mission statement of Father's House Educational Foundation is “To bless God's people and increase their joy by creating experiences and supporting causes that teach biblical truth and heritage in the context of the Bible's land and culture, practice biblical ministry and mercy today, and
impart biblical legacies of faith for the benefit of future generations
in order to make the Father's unchanging message more relevant, practical, and personal from generation to generation.”

See more information on this at: www.fathershousefoundation.com

For more information about the Gilgal Education Center, and how to travel there, visit www.gilgaleducationcenter.org  or contact Kevin Bentley at kbentley@fathershousefoundation.com  or 817-556-1061.


** Michael Ireland is the Senior International Correspondent for ANS. He is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB UK, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael's volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department -- 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' (MIMM) -- of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649, at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can make a donation online under 'Donate' tab, then look for 'Michael Ireland Media Missionary' under 'Donation Category' to support his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.' Michael is a member in good standing of the National Writers Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association, Evangelical Press Association and International Press Association. If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Senior International Reporter

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