A path between the testaments

The wooden stairway cut into the slope of Tel el-Hisn transports the explorer from the base of the site, where the Roman-Byzantine city sprawled, to the top of the mound, where the ancient site was located. The lower city was known as Scythopolis and was a member of the Decapolis league. The settlement on the mound above preserves the Old Testament name Beth Shan. According to the text of 1 Samuel 31, it was here that the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung from the city wall.