“And the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, on the east border of Yericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, did Yehoshua set up in Gilgal.” Joshua 4:20 (The Israel Bible™)
The true nature of Gilgal, a site that figures prominently throughout the Bible, remains a mystery. Five possible sites exist, but one of them is in danger of being destroyed before it can reveal its secrets. The site overlooking the Jordan Valley is endangered by a foreign-funded garbage dump serving the Palestinian Authority.
The Hebrew word “Gilgal” (a camp or stone-structure), is mentioned thirty-nine times in the Bible and clearly contains great significance. Despite being so prominently mentioned, the location of Biblical Gilgal is still undetermined.
Gilgal is described as serving several purposes in the Bible, usually referring to dividing the land between the tribes. Joshua was