Genesis 50:10 “Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.”
Since then, most Hebrews have grieved the loss of a family member for seven days and speak of this period of mourning as “sitting shiva.”
Shiva שבעה = seven
Elijah’s Father’s Donkeys
- Abel, Beth Arbel, Penuel, Ham, Lo Debar, Rephaim, Pehel, Zaphan, Deir Alla, Zarethan, Mahanaim, Betonim, Jazer, Jogbehah, Adam, and Ramath Mizpeh
Here Elijah’s ancestor Jacob met Esau and struggled with the angel. He crossed the Jabbok on his way from Haran into Canaan.
The Jabbok flows west into the Sukkot Valley across from Shechem. The biblical cities of Zaretan and Adam lie at the mouth of this valley.
This river separated the territory of Reuben and Gad in the north from the territory of Ammon in the south.
Jabesh (YAH-besh יבש) was a town on the east bank of the Jordan River, overlooking the Yarmuk River from the top of one of the many green hills of Gilead.
People in Jabesh could see the city of Beth-shan on the west bank of the Jordan.
- Shibboleth – pronounced shibboleth (שִׁבֹּלֶת) east of the river, but pronounced sibboleth (סִבֹּלֶת) west of the river.
- Read the story in the book of Judges, Chapters 11-12
- It happened in 1097 BC, about 223 years before Elijah first talked with King Ahab, about 874 BC