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The Baalbek Megalith in Lebanon
Hajar-el-Hibla ("stone of the pregnant woman"). Located in the Beqaa Valley, 85 kilometers from Beirut, this phenomenal stone is estimated to weigh nearly 1200 tons. The dimensions of the stone are approximately 68'x14'x14'
Imagine how human hands were enabled to erect so wonderful a structure. This colossal building, erected by Solomon, it being undoubtedly the בעלת Baalath mentioned in the first book of Kings (9:18), was destroyed in the year 5162 (1402), by the conqueror Tamerlane; and that which resisted his destructive inroad was overthrown 356 years later, through the terrific earthquake in the year 5518 (1758), which caused such great devastation in the plain of Lebanon and the country of Galilee.

The passage in Tractate Maaseroth, chap. v. 8, שום בעל בכי translated usually (strong) "garlick, which excites tears," appears to be only "the garlik of Baal-bek," the chi being substituted for the k.

According to Josephus (Antiq. viii. book viii., chap. 2), was the Baalath erected by Solomon in the vicinity of Gezer of Joshua 10:33, not far from Jaffa on the Mediterranean, in the country of Ephraim. According to this assumption, it would appear that this town had the origin and derived its name from the same circumstances as that in the tribe of Dan. (See Joshua 19:44.) But Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela thinks that the temple of Baal-bek was originally the house built by Solomon for Pharaoh's daughter in Lebanon. (1 Kings 7:8.)

This PTC Crane below is built by Mammoet (old Van Seumeren) and Huisman Itrec, of the Netherlands. It is one of the largest cranes in the world, and has a capacity of 2000 tons. It would safely pick up the block above. Think about it. Did they have this sort of technology five thousand years ago?

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