Historical Significance Of The City Of Jerusalem

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The city of Jerusalem is vitally important to many of the historical records found in both Old and New Testaments of the Bible. From Genesis (14:18) to Revelation (21:10), the Bible is filled with allusions and events related to this city. One simply cannot read the Bible without reading about Jerusalem! For this reason, it is of great benefit to further study this wonderfully significant place. Before looking at the historical significance of Jerusalem, which means “foundation of peace” (Laney 1988), it is fitting to look at the geography of this city. At an elevation of 2,490 ft. above sea level (Wikipedia 2015a) and “situated thirty-three miles west of the north end of the Mediterranean Seas and fifteen miles west of the north end of the Dead Sea” (Laney 1988), Jerusalem is located in the Judaean Mountains in modern-day Palestine. Nestled amongst three valleys (the Kidron Valley, Hinnom Valley, and Tyropoeon Valley), the city was well protected from enemy invaders from all directions but the north. This, among other reasons, was likely why its location was so desirable in antiquity. The climate of Jerusalem is “pleasant”, with average high temperatures around 74° F and average low temperatures around 48° F (Laney 1988). With its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, the city is often characterized by a slight sea breeze and sunshine. Jerusalem receives an average of twenty-two inches of precipitation annually, with snow being quite rare (Wikipedia 2015a). Another reason…

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