Kidron: the Death Valley of the Bible

What I like about the Settled in Heaven is the effort its author makes to help us gain a scholarly understanding of the Bible. Rob Barkman is not trying to find something new in the Bible. He is just trying to explain what is already known. He works to help the average layman (myself being one such) overcome his ignorance of the Bible.

With Kidron: the Death Valley of the Bible, Barkman takes a word (a place really), and he lists its references in the Bible, using the Bible to provide the historical significance of the Kidron Valley in the land of Israel. From that point, he uses a prophecy in the Book of Jeremiah to explain significance of the Kidron Valley to us.

Is his interpretation exactly correct? Frankly, I am not entirely certain, but I think it is more than reasonable. Even though Barkman does not mention that the Kidron Valley and the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3) are thought by some to be one and the same, that omission does not weaken his interpretation. After all, the Valley of Jehoshaphat is a valley of death.

Here in The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, for example, is a differing interpretation of the significance of the Kidron Valley that relates that valley to Psalm 23.

The Valleys Where Yeshua Walked provides some interesting maps.

This link provides various Bible commentaries on Jeremiah 31:40, but Barkman’s commentary is definitely easier to understand.

Settled In Heaven Blog

Kidron was a valley that lay east of Jerusalem dividing Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.  Through this valley flowed the brook of Kidron, a brook which is mentioned several times in God’s Holy Word.  Why is Kidron known as “the death valley of the Bible”?   What can I learn from this “death valley”?

We will be opening the Scriptures to find the answer to our questions….

THE SCRIPTURES:

2Sam 15:13-23 (KJV)  And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.  And David said unto all his servants that [were] with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not [else] escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword…  And David said to Ittai, Go…

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2 thoughts on “Kidron: the Death Valley of the Bible

  1. From Settled In Heaven Blog (posted 3/26/2012)….

    I would like to express my thanks to Citizen Tom for reviewing and reblogging the SIH blog posting “Kidron: The Death Valley In The Bible”.

    I very much appreciate that Citizen Tom understands my intent for the SIH blog … it is ”not trying to find something new in the Bible. He is just trying to explain what is already known” That is my desire for the blog to simply help each one of us to better understand the teachings of God’s Word.

    Again, I want to thank Citizen Tom for the very kind review. To see it in it’s entirety just click on the link… https://citizentom.com/2012/03/24/kidron-the-death-valley-of-the-bible/.

    Also, let me just say that over the past several weeks since I have found Citizen Tom’s blog I have enjoyed it greatly. In his blog you will find postings about the founding of our great country, the intent of it’s founders, the role of religion in it’s founding. But Citizen Tom doesn’t stop there. He includes posts about the current affairs of our nation, and many of the dangers we now face as a once “nation under God”.

    I would heartily recommend Citizen Tom’s blog for a better understanding of the history and current condition of our great nation. Thank you Citizen Tom for the effort you put forth to help us remember what our nation is truly all about.

    May the Lord bless each one of us who are concerned about the welfare of our nation and desire to see it returned back to a nation in alignment with the intent of it’s founders.

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