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16 December 2017 - 29 Kislev 5778 - כ"ט כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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The Third Bible Marathon E-mail

The third Bible Marathon took place in Israel on 6 October, with runners following in the footsteps of the first marathon man, who ran the 42 kilometres from the battlefield at Eben Ezer (modern day Rosh Ha’ayin) to Shiloh.

In the beginning of the Book of Samuel it is written that “a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn”. He ran from Eben Ezer to Ancient Shiloh to tell of the end of the war between the Israelites and the Philistines. His mission was to inform Eli, the priest of Israel, of the defeat in the war, the death of his sons and the capture of the Ark of the Covenant.

Many centuries later, after the Six Day War, the founder of the Maccabiah Games, Yosef Yekutieli, set out to measure the length of the course from Rosh Ha’ayin to Shiloh, in the Benjamin region. He was amazed to find that the length of this historic path precisely matched that of the modern marathon – 42 kilometres (the official length of the Olympic running contest, determined in 1908 at the London Olympics).

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