Bible and Beyond


Five times the Bible refers to the Sharon, including twice more in the Book of Isaiah. In chapter 33 verse 9 the prophet describes what happens when God’s spirit leaves the land because of the transgressions of his people-

“The land mourns and languishes;

Lebanon is confounded and withers

away; Sharon is like a desert;

and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves” (33-9).

In Isaiah 35 we are told that those who seek God and who read from the book of the Lord shall possess the land-

“The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God” (35-2).

King David, it is related in 1 Chronicles 27-29, appointed a special overseer, Shitrai the Sharonite, to care for the herds pastured in the Sharon (1 Chronicles 27-29).

Perhaps the most famous reference to the Sharon occurs in the Song of Songs, in which the exuberant lover declares- “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys” (2-1).

Oded Borowski, “Bible Lands- The Sharon—symbol of God’s abundance,” BR 4-02, Apr 1988.