Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus. David had been born there and anointed there. It is twelve miles down the hill from Bethlehem to the Vale of Elah, where David fought Goliath. Elah is "oak", the valleys ancient name. Even the brook bed is there where David gathered his 5 smooth missiles, and we found still plenty of round stones the size of hen's eggs exactly fitted for a shepherd's sling. A visitor writes that he almost expected them to break out into the ancient song "Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."

Called the city of David, Bethlehem means the house of bread. Compared to other Palestinian cities it was an unimportant place. Half a mile north is the spot pointed out by tradition as Rachel's tomb, and about 2 miles SW are the great reservoirs described under Solomon's Pools.
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