Jaffa, Joppa

  Jaffa (Joppa; Yafo) (II Chronicles 2:15) City on Mediterranean shore south of Tel Aviv, considered the world’s oldest port and the place from where the prophet Jonah set sail for Tarshish. According to Greek myth, Andromeda was held captive by Poseidon on the rocks off Jaffa. […]

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Jericho (Joshua 3:16) Arab city in southern Jordan Valley at the junction of major north-south and east-west arteries. Jericho is considered the oldest city in the world and the lowest on earth – 250 meters (820 feet) below sea level; the first place conquered by Joshua after crossing […]

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Jerusalem(Joshua 10:1)The capital of the State of Israel and ancient capital of the Kingdom of Israel and later of Judah. A city sacred to the three principal monotheistic religions.Situated in the heart of the Judean Hills, 800 meters (2625 feet) above sea level on the crossroads of […]

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Jezreel Valley

Jezreel Valley (Joshua 19:18: 1 Chronicles 10:7) “And their border went to Jezreel, and included Chesulloth, and Shunem.” (Joshua 19:18) Large fertile valley that extends the width of the Holy Land between the hilly regions of the Galilee and Samaria. Named after the ancient city of Jezreel. […]

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Jordan River

Jordan River (Joshua 1:2) (Matthew 3:6) The Jordan River was of prime importance both in the Old and in the New Testament. “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, […]

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Judean Desert

Judean Desert Hilly desert region on Israel’s eastern boundary. Bordered by Judean Hills in west, Dead Sea and Lower Jordan Valley to the east, Samarian Hills to the north and the Negev Hills to the south. It is about 100 km. long and 20 km. wide. Composed […]

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