The standing stones of Gezer's high place
The standing stones of Gezer's High Place

People have often wondered why a God of love should command the obliteration of the Canaanites. This film takes you to Gezer, an ancient city that holds the answer to the problem. Excavated by R. A. S. Macalister in the early years of the Twentieth Century, it proved to have the most spectacular High Place of any city so far excavated.

Unfortunately one of the most curious features of this High Place seems to have been lost in the course of the excavations. There was a cave or tunnel under part of the High Place, in the roof of which was a small opening leading to the surface beside an altar. A priest hiding in the tunnel could respond to the worshipper with a voice seemingly coming out of the ground - and as the dead were believed to descend into Sheol, the realm of the dead, it is not too fanciful to imagine a cult of the dead in which you could consult your departed loved ones and receive responses from them.

It is one thing to think of deluded but sincere priests leading out in gruesome rituals, but when it appears that they were deliberately deceiving people, that means wickedness and evil, not foolishness.