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Maps of Historical Biblical Regions
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Mesopotamia, Jordan, Jezreal, Phonecian, Egypt, Manasseh, coastal, Median, civilization, Black, Gilead, Rift, Israel, Dead, Judah, commerce, Persia, Shephelah, Wilderness, bridge, Samaria
Assyrian Empire (911 BC - 612 BC)
between Greece to             
from Egypt to the            Sea
two main cultural centers
in the East:                       
has been an area of                         
writing
in the West:           
higher culture on the Nile
Israel
served as a land              between Mesopotamia and Egypt
when the cultural center in the West wanted to attack or engage in                  with the cultural center in the east, they had to go through Israel
the area that was the most important and most used as a land bridge, was the                area
although Israel was actually not on the coast
it eventually got in the way of the east and west forces
areas that will shape Israel's history
Mesopotamia
Assyria
Babylon
more ancient than Assyria
Sumer
in south
Levant
Aram
Damascus
Ammon
Moab
Edom
                   territories (1200 BC–539 BC)
above Israel
Tyre
commercial centers and trading cities
later a power emerges in Persia and takes over these areas
the Persian              empire
Jordan          Valley
used in the Bible to define Israel's court territories
hill country west of          Sea
south of Jerusalem was           
north of Jerusalem was             
issue with              across the Jordan Valley to the east
whether or not it belongs to Israel
a running question throughout the Biblical narratives
"does the Jordan Valley define who we are or is there territory beyond the              that also can be called Israel"
from Mediterranean coast toward Dead Sea
1. Coastal Plain (Philistia)
2.                   
very rich agricultural region
one of the regions allotted to Judah
3. Hill Country (Judah)
south part: Judean Hill country
north part: Samaria Hill Country
4.                     
drops down to Dead Sea
south of Hill Country (Judah)
Negev
to south, arid, impossible to live there
Galilee
Upper Galilee
Lower Galilee
               Valley
first area that Israel conquers once it moves away from its hill country down in                  and Samaria
Ephraim hill country is the core territory of Israel
Southern Hill Country south of that is the core territory of Judah
Israel and Judah border each other in the area around Jerusalem
Yehud
roughly the Kingdom of Judah
refers to a time when Judah is no longer a Kingdom but a province of Yehud
to the north of Yehud is Samaria, home of the Samarians
Samaria is a wealthier province than Judah
much of the Bible emerged in Judah but it did so in competition with               
the Ammon region is then across the valley to the east
The Merneptah Stele: The Oldest Reference to Israel
Canaan as Outback between Mesopotamia and Egypt Civilization Centers
The Three Centers of Early Jewish History
The Amarna Letters and Egypt's Presence in Canaan During the New Kingdom
The End of Egyptian Imperial Control
Maps of Historical Biblical Regions
Interview with Bill Deaver
Israel, Judah, and the Campaign of Shishak
The Omride Dynasty
725 BC: The Fall of Israel to Assyria
The Kingdom of Judah and Sennacherib
The Fall of Judah
The History of Israel According to Genesis and Exodus
Archaeological Theories on the History of Israel
The Rise of the Iron Age Kingdoms
Bronze Age vs. Iron Age Material Culture
History of the Central Highland States
Judah After the Babylonian Conquest
Factors Leading to the Depopulation Of Israel
The Elephantine Papyri
Judahite Communities in Babylon
Ezra-Nehemiah and Haggai on Temple Rebuilding
The Biblical Project
From the Bible to the Sumerian King List
Genesis Chapter 26: Isaac, Abimelek and Rebekah
The Biblical Authors' Portrayal of Women and Heroism
The Bible's Treatment of Heroic Death
Portrayal of Death in the Bible