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Sorek

SOREK (sō'rĕk, Heb. sôrēq, vineyard). A valley that extends from near Jerusalem to the [[Mediterranean Sea]] about eight and one-half miles (fourteen km.) south of Joppa. It was in this valley that Samson found Delilah (Judg.16.4). It was a fertile area where vineyards flourished. Today it produces rich harvests of grain. A modern railroad follows the valley to Jerusalem. In OT times a highway ran along the same route. It was over this road that the ark was conveyed after it had been taken from the Philistines (1Sam.6.10-1Sam.6.14). There the Philistines suffered a great defeat at the hands of the Israelites (1Sam.7.3-1Sam.7.14). It is doubtless Wadi es-Sarar.