Via Maris

Via Maris (Way of the Sea)

(Isaiah 9:1)

An important ancient route which connected Egypt to Aram Naharaim part of which passes through the Land of Israel. Its course from south to north passed from the Egyptian Plain, via the west coast of Sinai, through the area of El Arish, Gaza, and Ashdod. Here it split into 2 branches, one going east through Lod and the other west through Jaffa. In northern Samaria the two rejoined and the route continued northwards on the eastern side of the Coastal Plain, until it reached the Jezreel Valley. Once again it split into 2 branches, one passed through the Bet She’an Valley, Bet Yerah, the Golan and on to Damascus; the second through Lower Galilee, Upper Galilee, Bnot Ya’aqov Bridge and on to Damascus. From Damascus it again split into 2 branches, one eastward to Aram Naharaim and the other north to Heth.

“Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 9:1)

 

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